All posts tagged: Netherlands

Amsterdam’s Unseen Photo Fair returns with new photography festival

Unseen burst onto the international photography scene in 2012, pitching itself as “a photography fair with a festival flair”. Organised by Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, along with arts organisation Platform A and Vandejong Creative Agency, the fair is back for a fourth year, and this time it includes a festival called Unseen, with exhibitions and events, such as Magnum Contact Sheets, held in various locations across the city. Unseen Photo Fair champions emerging photographers alongside more established names, and newly commissioned work is a key component of the 2015 edition. Luke Norman and Nik Adam from Wandering Bears Collective have been commissioned to create a collaborative project with Charlie Engman, for example; each artist will make five images that will be reworked collaboratively and then put on show, to be presented in the Unseen Niches. Norman and Adam often rephotograph works by adding paint or other marks, and Engman often uses digital post-production and collage in his work. Another highlight is a new project by Peter Puklus, who was commissioned by Unseen to produce the official artwork for the …


Annegien van Doorn: “Sometimes the real world turns out to be way more absurd”

“Children treat play as an absorbing and essential aspect of their everyday relation to the world,” says Dutch photographer Annegien van Doorn. “Why do we lose this natural playfulness when we grow up?” Luckily for van Doorn, she seems to have escaped the cull; creating photographs, videos and installations with a sense of mischief. By disrupting the fabric of the everyday, she manages to draw attention to it, highlighting the apparently unremarkable conventions which both govern and reflect our lives. “The banal, the quotidian, the obvious, and the ordinary fascinate me,” she says. “How do we give meaning to our daily life? I am looking for the places we use [to] transform our surroundings from one day to another. The traces we leave behind to make changes that give form to our needs and desires. These interventions speak about who we are and who we want to be in this world.” Born in The Netherlands in 1982, van Doorn graduated from the St Joost Art Academy in 2004, and the University of Barcelona, where she …


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