The fourth edition of the Unseen Photo Fair with 54 international galleries took place in September 2015 at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. The international photography fair was founded by Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, and, beginning this year, the event additionally included the Unseen Festival, a 10-day celebration of photography in the city centre.
Unseen is a pioneering event on the young European photography scene, with works from new, emerging artists and unseen pieces by established artists.
Here you will find a small selection of our current favorites:
„Death Wooed Us“ – the latest series of Donna J. Wan is one of the most beautiful and impressive workI have seen in recent times. The work is dedicated to „suicide destinations“ and deals with questions of personal development and identity and also trying somehow to understand why humans sometimes follow this path. Suicides almost never seem to make sense. The very personal work brings the subject close to the observer.
‚Suicide is a difficult topic to talk about. Most try to avoid it. Yet some of us have personally experienced despair so great that we have thought about it as an option. We have also known others who have tragically succumbed to it. In 2011 after the birth of my daughter I developed a severe case of postpartum depression and considered taking my own life. I imagined I would drive to the California coast where I could look at the magnificent ocean and then jump off a cliff. Since then I have recovered,and learned that many suicidal people have similar inclinations: they travel near or far to well-known or obscure natural places to end their lives. Often these places are near water, mountains or valleys. There is even a term for such places – “suicide destinations.” ‚ – Donna J. Wan
The Exhibition „Die Idee der Landschaft“ gives an overview of different aspects of modern landscape photography. The shown landscapes are not objective views, it is the visualization of the artists‘ ideas and involves the human experience in the landscape.
The exhibition shows works of the artists of the collection and new acquisitions of David Armstrong, Olivo Barbieri, Lothar Baumgarten, Caroline Dlugos, Elger Esser, Luigi Ghirri, Rodney Graham, Gütschow, Dan Holdsworth, Andrej Krementschouk, Andreas Mühe, Nieweg, Detlef Orlopp, Jorma Puranen, Heinrich Riebesehl, Adrian Sauer, Stephan Schenk and Anna Vogel.
Die Idee der Landschaft 26. Juni bis 05. September 2015
DZ BANK Kunstsammlung – ART FOYER
Platz der Republik,
Michael Lange is an artist who magnifies the nature – his workis adorableand just beautiful. The new series „FLUSS“ is following the beautiful work „Wald“, published as a book in 2012.
“My images express a longing for pacification, depth and beauty — and the desire to lose oneself. A part of my work is to trace the unceasing process of change until a landscape is in harmony with internal images that express my feelings. To understand the depth, inherent order and aesthetic within apparent chaos. To transform the landscape in combination with external influences — fog, frost, the change of the seasons, light, the water level — in correspondence with my imagination, to play with the elements, to take them a step further and combine them with my photographic language.” – Michael Lange
The work has been released as a photo book: F L U S S (RIVER) by publisher HatjeCantz.
If you are in Berlin these days you have the chance to visit the group exhibition „Lob der Wildnis | Serial Landscapes“ at Kehrer Berlin Galerie featuring works by Henning Rogge, Arno Schidlowski and Anne Schwalbe. All these artists attracted my attention during the last year because of their beautiful pieces of work and one aspect is common to all: the subtle and even restrained approach through the realisation process of their works which I particularly like.
Henning Rogge’s photographs of craters left from bombs during the second world war all around Germany shows his exploration of the themes of war, memories and everyday life.
Only at second glance I recognized the the genius and the beauty of Arno Schidlowski’s work; you should definitely stop at Kehrer Berlin because his work should be seen as prints!
Anne Schwalbe creates her personal views of seemingly simple and everyday things and her series „Wiese“ (Meadow) reduces these views on nature to the essential – to textures of meadows.
This week, the exhibition „Landscape in my Mind“ started in Vienna. The exhibition with renowned artists like Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky and Axel Hütte shows the actual positions in contemporary landscape photography.
A subject which is particularly dear to my heart: With the current pace of globalization the exhibition „The Luxury of Simplicity. Unconventional Lifestyles“ let us think about simplicity and inner freedom and hits our hearts. The Exhibition is also devoted to the critical aspects and shows the reverse side of various alternative lifestyles.
Andrea Büttner (D), Roger Eberhard (CH), Lucas Foglia (USA), Tom Hunter (GB), Pau Montes (E), Renate Niebler (D), Daan Paans (NL), Timm Rautert (D), Alec Soth (USA), Joel Sternfeld (USA), Wytske van Keulen (NL), Constanze Vielgosz (D) und Julia Zimmermann (D).