The sixth edition of the renowned fair for contemporary photography again offers plenty of surprises and inspiration. The truly pioneering event taking place from 22 to 24 September at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, offers many accompanying programs such as CO-OP, the Book Market and the Living Room, The Exhibition, Onsite Projects and City Programme.
At the Unseen Photofair, 53 international galleries are represented, 80 of the exhibiting artists will present their new photographic works, which have not yet been shown in any gallery or exhibitions.
With her work „Stateless“, the Iranian artists Gohar Dashti has analysed the subject of flight and migration. The series of staged photographs attempts to explorethe aspects of citizenship, refuge and asylum and the need to find a secure place in a new environment. The spectacular scenery and the carefully staged protagonistsconfronts us in arestrained way with such situations of searching for an identity and a sense of security after fleeing from wars, violence or repressive regimes.
„In every corner of the world, devastations of war, massacres, oppression, disease and death are the cause of widespread human disorders with no imaginable ending.
When disasters force people to migration, where would they be welcomed with open arms?
Hoping for a better life, they struggle in a never-ending limbo, a strange place with no identity that does not belong to them.
Maybe it is only at this point, when nature can be a safe haven for these refugees. Sky becomes the ceiling and mountains the walls of their new home; because Nature is the only promising place that shelters these people, an eternal and everlasting refuge.“
The work of the Melbourne-based artist Katrin Koenning invite us to take an extensive look at her conceptual approach to deal with her own personal family past. The personal migrant background and a family scattered all over the world are the basis for the artistic engagement with space and existence.
Already her work „Dear Chris“ (2013), dedicated to her cousin’s husband who committed suicide, has touched us deeply. Her series „Indefinitely“ now wins the 2015 Daylight Photo Awards.
„Indefinitely is about love and a seemingly infinite space that is, in fact, filled to the rim with all kinds of things.“ – Katrin Koenning
There are 11 days left to visit the solo exhibition of Ren Hang at the Ostlicht gallery in Vienna. Ren Hang’s work with his own imagery is unique and clear, and that’s something we are looking for. His work is sometimes disturbing, but he do not exceed the provocation. In addition to his poetry, his pictures are simply fascinating.
OSTLICHT. GALERIE FÜR FOTOGRAFIE
Absberggasse 27 A-1100 Wien
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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.