Friday, June 14, 2019

Germany: Natalie Christensen The Deconstructed Self

Galerie Minimal - Gallery for Minimalism
Mittenwalder Str. 57, 10961
Berlin, Germany
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Vernissage Events: Saturday, August 3, 2019
5pm – 6pm Artist talk
6pm – 10pm Official Vernissage

Sunday, August 4, 2019
Photo Walk with Natalie Christensen
3pm – 5:30pm

Throughout the Exhibition – Guided Tours of The Deconstructed Self
Friday, August 8, 6pm – 10pm
Friday, August 23, 6pm – 10pm
Friday, September 6, 6pm – 10pm
Friday, September 20, 6pm – 10pm

Friday, October 4, 2019: 6pm-10pm Finissage

Galerie Minimal, Berlin is proud to present a solo exhibition by photographer Natalie Christensen.

Speaking on The Deconstructed Self, Christensen states: “In 2014 I moved from the state of Kentucky to Santa Fe, New Mexico leaving my lifelong home and my 25-year career as a psychotherapist behind. While it was an exciting moment it was also a time of questioning and reflection.

Like many artists who have come to New Mexico, I was immediately drawn to the distinctive Southwestern light. The beauty of the natural environment is evident to most people; however, my interest was to explore the more banal peripheral landscapes that often go unnoticed by the casual observer. I began by photographing color fields and geometric shapes. I was interested in the way light and shadow could spark complex narratives, and I quickly became aware that these isolated moments in the suburban landscape were rich with metaphor. Closed and open doors, empty parking lots and forgotten swimming pools drew me to a scene; yet it was my reactions to these objects and spaces that elicited interpretation and projection.

As a psychotherapist, I learned the art of asking the question – in many ways these photographs are an extension of that work. The symbols and spaces in my images are an invitation to explore a rich world that is concealed from consciousness.  And the scenes are an enticement to contemplate narratives that have no remarkable life or history yet tap into something deeply familiar to our experience; often disturbing, sometimes amusing…unquestionably present.”

About Natalie Christensen: The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art named Natalie Christensen as one of “Ten Photographers to Watch”. Christensen’s photography has been exhibited in London, Dusseldorf, New York and Los Angeles. The Royal Photographic Society in the United Kingdom has presented her artwork and a lecture by the artist. As one of five invited photographers for “The National 2018: Best of Contemporary Photography” at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, her work was bestowed the purchase prize and thereby added to the museum’s permanent collection. Collaborative site-specific projects have been put forth by Iconic Standard Vision Billboard, Los Angeles; El Rey Court, Santa Fe; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and Peckham Levels, London.

About Galerie Minimal: Florian Wassily Kazimirski and Fabian Willi Simon have created a place in the heart of Berlin Kreuzberg where people can deal with the topic of minimalism both artistically and philosophically. In addition to regular art exhibitions, various presentations and courses, such as mindfulness workshops and photo walks, are part of the concept. "Minimalism is zeitgeist for us. Considering the challenges of our time, it is a holistic and sustainable approach to be happy with oneself and one's environment in unison. Our art is the visualization of this idea, which we want to make accessible to the people." --Florian Wassily Kazimirski

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Paris: Erwin Olaf Palm Springs

Do not miss "Erwin Olaf Palm Springs" at Galerie Rabouan Moussion in Paris, France May 18 to July 27, 2019

To mark the forty years of Erwin Olaf’s career, Galerie  Rabouan  Moussion  is  presenting  a  French  exclusive  of  his  latest  series:  Palm  Springs. This  exhibition  of  photographs  and  videos  also  celebrates  fifteen  years  of  collaboration between   the   Dutch   photographer   and   the   Paris gallery.

PALM SPRINGS CONCLUSION OF A TRIPTYCHFollowing  Berlin  (2012)  and  Shanghai  (2017),  Palm Springs concludes his triptych on changing cities.  Berlin  was  produced  at  a  time  when  dark  clouds  were  heaping  up  over  Europe  with  the  questioning of freedom of expression, democracy and  the  transmission  of  power  from  the  older  generation to the younger.In Shanghai, a hypermodern Chinese metropolis, Olaf  examines  what  happens  to  an  individual  in  the midst of 24 million people.With Palm Springs it is climate change that is at the heart of his thinking; his treatment is reminiscent of America in the 1960s.

“There are many thorns in Olaf’s California – and people  show  less  optimism  than  in  his  previous  series. Palm Springs could be the third part of a trilogy  or  the  third  series  with  a  new  tone  that  is  now Olaf’s. It is becoming increasingly clear that Erwin Olaf is no longer playing (if, that is, he ever really  was).  Berlin,  Shanghai,  Palm  Springs... all  poisoned  in  various  ways,  all  betraying  their  promise, leaving only profits – and losses.” Francis Hodgson

“Palm Springs (2018) is at once a progression (this is the first time I have photographed landscapes) and a step back. I returned to the 1960s. I love the mid-century details in Palm Springs and the stories they evoke. I had studied Gordon Park’s photos, a very different way of seeing America than that of  Norman  Rockwell.  What  interested  me  was  the  stylized  documentary.  I  wanted  to  introduce  the real world a little more. I loved all the details of  the  places  we  photographed,  for  example  a  yellowed  lawn  because  it  was  very  hot  and  dry.  My  team  was  preparing  to  spray  it  green,  but  I  preferred to leave it as it was because it was the reality of our time, where the climate is changing, while we stay in our closed communities. Reality is  creeping  into  the  paradise  we’re  desperately  trying to maintain. As a story emerged during the work and selection of photos, I began to consider this as a parable about the distribution of wealth, so  unjust  and  so  unsustainable  in  the  long  run,  between the different classes of our society.”  Erwin Olaf

“What I’d like to see in my photographs is a perfect world  with  a  crack  inside.  My  job’s  to  first  make the image attractive enough to make people want to  look  at  the  story  I  tell  them,  and  then  to  give  them a slap in the face.”  Erwin Olaf

It is no coincidence that it was with the Erwin Olaf exhibition, Waiting, that the gallery celebrated the opening  of  its  new  space  on  rue  Pastourelle  in  Paris  in  2015.  This  baptism  is  a  testimony  to  a  collaboration  going  back  almost  15  years  to  his  first exhibitionParadise, Mature and Separation, the title of his three emblematic series. Erwin Olaf has lived and worked in Amsterdam since the early ’80s.  He  was  discovered  by  the  international  art  scene with his series Chessmen, which won him first prize in the Young European Photographer contest in 1988.Since  then  he  has  explored  the  social  issues  and  taboos  of  our  society  on  issues  of  gender,  sensuality,  despair  and  grace.  After  his  major  solo  exhibition  Emotions  at  La  Sucrière  de  Lyon  in  2013,  the  2016  annual  nocturnal  arts  festival  Nuit  Blanche  marked  a  new  stage  in  the  artist’s  refined, singular career, with the realization of a site-specific work projected on the facades of the Hôtel de Ville de Paris (Paris City Hall), That Nuit Blanche allowed him to establish his reputation in France.In 2017 the gallery presented the images produced for band Indochine’s album 13, a series inspired by Henry Darger.

11, rue Pastourelle75003 Paris

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

London: “Street photography: Shooting around London” A workshop by Giacomo Brunelli

Dates: 5-6-7 April 2019
Location: London
Description: Workshop designed for amateurs and professionals who want to improve their photographic vision and build a portfolio. Digital or Analog photography welcome.

-Introduction to photography
-How to start a photographic project
-Shooting Central London
-Learn how to frame and shoot strangers
-Review of the shooting
-Editing your work
-How visual storytelling can be used to develop a concept
-How to edit and sequence to reveal a narrative
-How to publish a book
-Find the right publisher for your work
-How to approach commercial galleries, editors and magazines
-Sell your work to collectors.

Friday 5th April: 3pm - 7pm
Saturday 6th April: 10am - 6pm
Sunday 7th April: 10am - 6pm

Fee: £275
Info and booking

The workshop will be held between Central London (for the shooting) and Wimbledon (for the reviewing/editing).

Giacomo Brunelli (b. Perugia, 1977) moved to London 10 years ago and has since then published 3 books, “The Animals” (2008 Dewi Lewis Publishing), “Eternal London” (2014 Dewi Lewis Publishing) and “Self Portraits” (2017 Editions Bessard).
In 2014 he was commissioned by The Photographers’Gallery (London) to produce a body of work over two years, “Eternal London”.
His work has been exhibited at The Barbican (Uk), The New Art Gallery Walsall (Uk), BlueSky Gallery, Portland (Usa), Format Festival, Derby (Uk), Triennial of Photography Hamburg (Germany), Nordic Light Festival (Norway), Noorderlicht Photofestival (The Netherlands), Photofusion, London (Uk), Delhi PhotoFestival (India), Fotofestiwal Lodz (Poland) amongst others.
He has had shows at commercial galleries like The Photographers’Gallery (London), Peter Fetterman Gallery (Santa Monica, Usa), Galerie Camera Obscura (Paris), Robert Morat Galerie (Berlin).
It has been featured widely in the press including BBC (Uk), The Guardian (Uk) and The Telegraph (Uk) amongst others.
In 2015 he was commissioned by the Deichtorhallen to produce the “Hamburg” series and in 2018 he completed his latest body of work on New York.
He photographs with a camera from the 60s and he prints his black and white prints in his darkroom.

All About Giacomo Brunelli: HERE
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London: Florence Henri at Atlas Gallery

The Atlas Gallery in London is pleased to present the exhibition Reflecting Bauhaus: Photographs & Paintings by renowned Bauhaus artist Florence Henri (1893–1982). The showcased works, which will also be for sale, are on view from 28. March to 18 May 2019.

Portrait Composition, 1930 Gelatin silver print. ©Martini & Ronchetti courtesy Archives Florence Henri  

More information: HERE
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Friday, March 22, 2019

France: Ooshot Award, Winners Exhibition

Exhibition of the first Ooshot Award winners April 19 - 28, 2019 at the Magasins Généraux

Ahmed, 21 yo, Somali. "Sneakers like Jay-Z"
© Ambroise Tézenas & Frédéric Delangle for Emmaüs Solidarité.

The Ooshot Award is extremely pleased to show in exclusivity the first images of the new project of photographers Ambroise Tézenas and Frédéric Delangle, winners of the Ooshot Award 2018. This new photo series, made possible by the prize’s 10.000€ endowment, follows the first project "Sneakers like Jay-Z" commissioned by Emmaüs Solidarity.

"To break the boundaries between art and commercial photography", is the main ambition of this new prize. The Ooshot Award is hosted for its first edition for fifteen days at Les Magasins Généraux, a creative centre located in the heart of the "Grand Paris" created by the award-winning advertising agency BETC. You will also discover a selection of works by the 26 nominees shortlisted for the 2018 edition of the Ooshot Award.

Discover the first public exhibition of the Ooshot Award on April 19th.
April 19 - 28, 2019
Magasins Généraux – 1, rue de l’Ancien Canal, 93500 Pantin (Paris)

More information: HERE
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Nantes, France: Kosmos by Amélie Labourdette

Exhibition at the Beaux-Arts school of Nantes

Amélie Labourdette's new series, "Kósmos", will be unveiled at the Beaux-Arts School of Nantes during a group show entitled "This other world which is also ours" and curated by Thé-Mario Coppola. The new series, made during two residencies in the USA, is composed of 45 stunning Piezography prints.

Meet the artist during the opening on March 28th!

Opening Thursday 28 March 2019 at 6.30pm
Exhibition from March 28th to May 11th, 2019

More information: HERE
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Singapore: Undescribed #4 at DECK

Undescribed is an annual platform conceived by DECK to support emerging artists who have recently graduated from local and overseas art institutions. The exhibition presents works that challenge current image-making practices, suggesting new ways of approaching photography and the moving image within the field of art today.

Undescribed aptly labels the ‘unknown’ stage of these emerging creators, a period of potential and experimentation, both for their individual practices as well as their explorations into the medium of photography.

This year’s selection is made by visual artist, Robert Zhao, and director of DECK, Gwen Lee.

Undescribed #04 runs from 6 to 30 March 2019.

Photographers: Adar Ng, Dea Ratna, Ernest Wu, Jonathan Liu, Lim Zeherng, Quinn Lum
Where: DECK is located at
120A Prinsep Street
Singapore 187937

More information: HERE
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

AAP Magazine #6: B&W

10 days left to submit your work!

Our sixth printed issue of AAP Magazine will feature the best projects showcasing the theme "Black and White".
Black and white photography evokes poetry, nostalgia. The timelessness of black and white images focuses on its subjects, highlights contrasts, lines and enhances the power of light.

Send us your images - series preferably- celebrating the beauty and the power of black and white photography. The subject is completely up to you. Any capture method or process, whether digital or analog, including monochromatic toning, is welcome. The contest is open to any B&W photography interpretation, from photojournalism, street photography, artistic photography, portrait, nude, landscapes, nature, wildlife, urban, architecture, fashion, fine art or documentary photography.

Winners will receive $1,000 in cash awards, their winning image(s) or full portfolio published in AAP Magazine#6, extensive press coverage and global recognition.

All winners will have their work published in the sixth printed issue of AAP Magazine, a free copy of the magazine and their portfolio showcased in the Winners Gallery of

Reveal yourself

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Paris: Thierry Clech

Sous leur paupières de porcelaine at Galerie Argentic
March 7 - March 16, 2019

More information about the exhibition: HERE 

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

London: Martin Parr "Only Human"

Where: National Portrait Gallery

When: March 7 - May 27, 2019

This major new exhibition brings together works by one of Britain’s best-known and most widely celebrated photographers, Martin Parr. Including recognisable photographs alongside works never before exhibited it will focus on one of his most engaging subjects – people.

The exhibition will include portraits of people from around the world, with a special focus on Parr’s wry observations of Britishness, explored through a series of projects that investigate British identity today.

Find out more: HERE

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Québec: Valérian Mazataud Grand Nord

Exhibition presented as part of festival Art Souterrain 2019.
February 28th – Avril 6th 2019

Opening Reception: February 28th, 5:30pm

Project description

Valérian Mazataud is a journalist, photographer and artist deeply invested in exploring new strategies to engage the viewer in this age of media. Since July 2018, he has been working on Grand Nord, a project based on photography workshops offered to residents of Montréal-Nord.

During these workshops, retirees, adults and teenagers invited to revisit photo archives from their neighborhood discovered a rich image-based popular history: from community celebrations to romantic trysts; from turnip fields to shopping centres; from the village of Sainte-Gertrude in the 1940s to refugees from the Haitian earthquake of 2010. Through their aesthetic choices, research, role-playing, and collaborative work with the artist, workshop participants recreated these scenes to produce new images based on their own local history.

Mazataud’s work embodies a reflection on documentary approaches in photography, and the relative nature of their objectivity. Having been struck by the strength of the social bond in Montréal-Nord, he committed himself to a collaborative process with members of the community. At Skol, he is presenting the photo series and sound recordings that emerged from these workshops.

More information: HERE

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Amsterdam, NL: Santu Mofokeng Stories

February 15 - April 28, 2019
foam Fotografiemuseum
Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam

This year marks the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections, and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president.

From the Series Train Church. Photograph by Santu Mofokeng (b.1956) © Santu Mofokeng Foundation. Image courtesy of Lunetta Bartz, MAKER, Johannesburg and Steidl GmbH.

South African photographer Santu Mofokeng (b. 1956) famously documented daily life during and after apartheid. Foam presents a large-scale retrospective, containing a selection of his most important visual essays and featuring many unpublished works from the artist’s private archives.

The exhibition Santu Mofokeng – Stories brings together a number of important photographic essays by Mofokeng made in his native South Africa. Amongst the series on show is his first and most celebrated visual essay Train Church (1986), portraying the spontaneous religious rituals that occurred on the Soweto-Johannesburg commuter train. Other (many yet unknown) images portray life in the townships of Soweto and Dukathole; political protests leading up to the abolition of apartheid, and the historic election of Nelson Mandela as president in 1994. Together, the series narrates how the rapidly changing political climate in South Africa affected daily life across the country. Raised in the township of Soweto, Mofokeng photographed South African communities from the inside, painting a nuanced and dynamic portrait of a complex society in transition.

More information: HERE
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Amsterdam NL: Erwin Blumenfeld in Color

From 15 February, Foam will be showing the colour photography of the influential German photographer Erwin Blumenfeld.

Pat Blake for Vogue NY, 1954 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld

Blumenfeld (1897-1969) was born in Germany. He mastered photography in the Netherlands, where he shot portraits. After he went to Paris he built a career in fashion photography for a few years and he only worked in black and white. He liked to experiment with various techniques such as double exposure, distortion and solarisation. But from the moment that colour photography was introduced to the world, he transformed his original compositions in black and white into colour.

His special repertoire of shapes and colours that he developed after he left for the United States in 1941 made him one of the most original fashion photographers in New York. The female body and death were his main sources of inspiration. Despite the fashionable frivolity, he distinguished himself by the surreal nature of his subjects; the goal of his search was not realism, but the mystery of reality. He worked freelance for magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Life and Vogue. The exhibition of his work in Foam focuses on colour photography that he developed in his period in New York (1941-1960) and gave him worldwide recognition.

The exhibition will be opened by granddaughter Nadia Blumenfeld-Charbit on 14 February 2019. You are welcome from 5.30pm onwards.

More information: HERE
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"Rage for color", Look, October 15th, 1958.
(models from the left to right : Renée Breton, Tess Mall, Dolores Hawkins, Anne St. Marie, Bani Yelverton)
© The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld

Monday, February 11, 2019

UK: Tate Britain presents a comprehensive retrospective of the legendary British photographer Don McCullin

5 February – 6 May 2019
Tate Britain
London SW1P 4RG

This exhibition showcases some of the most impactful photographs captured over the last 60 years. It includes many of his iconic war photographs – including images from Vietnam, Northern Ireland and more recently Syria. But it also focuses on the work he did at home in England, recording scenes of poverty and working class life in London’s East End and the industrial north, as well as meditative landscapes of his beloved Somerset, where he lives.​

Sir Don McCullin was born in 1935 and grew up in a deprived area of north London. He got his first break when a newspaper published his photograph of friends who were in a local gang. From the 1960s he forged a career as probably the UK’s foremost war photographer, primarily working for the Sunday Times Magazine. His unforgettable and sometimes harrowing images are accompanied in the show with his brutally honest commentaries.

With over 250 photographs, all printed by McCullin himself in his own darkroom, this exhibition will be a unique opportunity to appreciate the scope and achievements of his entire career.

The Guvners in their Sunday Suits, Finsbury Park, London, 1958 © Don McCullin

Shell-shocked US Marine, The Battle of Hue, 1968 © Don McCullin

Monday, February 4, 2019

Italy: Giorgio Di Maio in Florence

Giorgio Di Maio exibit his work Correspondences in Florence, Onart Gallery, Via della Pergola 61, from the 9 at 18 February in a Collective of Contemporary Photography entitled "La Materia dei sensi" ( "The Matter of senses") dedicated at sensuality, at sensual fascination that emanate from not only the body but the inanimate things.

The modern poetry began with the Charles Baudelaire’s lyrics Correspondances, mystical vision where the Nature is capital. The bloody poet, who loves pleasures and excessis, entrusts his lyrics not the objective description of the reality but a function to know the true essence of things. Giorgio Di Maio, researcher of Hidden Harmony, find the correspondences between the colors and the geometries in the reality and the soul of observer.

Hong Kong: The Art of Photography by Yoichiro Nishimura

Fabrik Gallery is delighted to present “Yoichiro Nishimura – The Art of Photography” an exhibition that showcases acclaimed Japanese artist Yoichiro Nishimura’s (b.1967) photography from his two significant works “Life” and “Blue Flower” series. The exhibition runs from March 7 to April 11, 2019. Collectors and art enthusiasts are invited to join the opening night on Thursday, March 7 from 6.30pm to 8pm.

After studying Photography in the Bigakko School of Arts, Yoichiro Nishimura expressed an interest in taking photographs of his surroundings and with the influence of the two admired Japanese photographers Takuma Nakahira and Daido Moriyama, it has since then, become the focal point of his lenses. For the Hong Kong debut of “Yoichiro Nishimura – The Art of Photography”, the artist has carefully curated a selection of photographs from his two catalogue raisonné – “Life” and “Blue Flower” published in 1999 and 2016, respectively.

In his “Life” series, artist Yoichiro Nishimura has done years of experiment, capturing the beauty of his own ‘Ikebana’: the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The format which the artist employs expresses the flowers’ elegance, one of the two translations in Japanese Kanji characters for the word flower (華). On a dark setting, the flowers are photographed under natural light using a Hasselblad camera, a snapshot where his emotions and values resonate describing the balance between life and death, light and dark, and the Chinese principle of yin and yang. For Nishimura, the latest technology is secondary, it is only the artistic expression of his own inspiration.

Nishimura’s award-winning “Blue Flower” series is an eight-year abstract of his daily encounters. With a career spanning over three decades, Nishimura invented a new photographic technique called ‘Scangram’. Inspired by Man Ray’s photogram, an old and classic shooting technique in which the subject is placed on chemically treated paper and exposed to a light without using a camera resulting to a monochrome image, Nishimura’s Scangram technique creates a luminous negative digital version of photogram. The visual reversed effect adds a mystic silhouette as if the image is captured under a moonlight. Nishimura sometimes describes his “Blue Flower” series as “flowers of the shadow” and is popular among his followers and collectors both in the East and West. Nishimura’s Blue Flower photo-catalogue is featured and available at Hermes in Paris, France.

Renowned Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama has described Nishimura’s works “as if there is a dream-like atmosphere surrounding the world of images created by the artist―a dream subtly cool, erotic and mysterious.” To quote:

“In the middle of the night, as I turn off the light and close my eyes, there appear spectacles of various lights glowing like phosphorescence in the back of the eyelids, slowly flowing across the retina. Whenever my senses experience this indefinable transition of light, I find myself immersed in Nishimura’s visions.  A journey into a sensual, alluring world of the microcosms― “Blue Flower” is a sublimation of Nishimura’s creative sensitivity.”
 - Daido Moriyama on Yoichiro Nishimura’s Blue Flower

Born in 1967 in Tokyo, Japan, Yoichiro Nishimura received his Photography course at Bigakko, an alternative School of Art in Japan. The artist has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Japan, the Netherlands, and France. Nishimura has recently won Gold Prize for his “Blue Flower” photo-catalogue in Japan, among other awards he received throughout his career. Nishimura’s works can be found in the collections of Daido Moriyama, K’MoPa Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, and Zen Foto.
The artist lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.  

Founded in 2007, Fabrik Gallery’s ambition is to showcase the works of some of the world’s most collectable emerging and mid-career artists, and outstanding works by acclaimed contemporary artists. Featuring original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography from its space in Sheung Wan, the gallery team is informed and welcoming in engaging both the seasoned collector and first-time buyer.

Italy: Le Temps Retrouvé by Alain Laboile

29 Arts in Progress Gallery, Milan, Italy
Until February 09, 2019

More information: HERE


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Geneva: Matthew Porter, The Sheen, The Shine

Exhibition from January 18 to March 2, 2019
Opening on Thursday January 17,  from 5 to 8.30 p.m
Rue des Sablons 6 & rue des Bains 61, 1205 Geneva

Xippas Gallery is pleased to present, for the first time in Switzerland, an exhibition by the New York photographer Matthew Porter.

Matthew Porter’s work often features historical mash-ups, collapsing disparate events and cultural references within single frames, or spreading them out over a series of tightly edited photographs. He moves between digital and analogue processes freely, engaging equally with studio experimentation and representational straight photography, creating both fictional narratives and process based works.

More information: HERE

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Singapore: Print Room Collect

DECK presents its first Print Room featuring photographic artworks for collection.
All print sales will support DECK's building fund and the artistic careers of the featured photographers.

When: January 11 - March 30, 2019
More information: HERE

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Imola, Italy: VISIONI IMMAGINARIE Napoleone Calamelli

19 January - 24 February, 2019
opening Saturday 19 January from 6 PM
Tales Of Art - Galleria d’Arte, Via Emilia, 221 - 40026 Imola
More information: HERE

Tales Of Art is proud to present the first show of 2019, a photography exhibition, titled “Visioni Immaginarie” (Imaginary Visions), curated by Gabriele Calamelli, under the patronage of the City of Imola and in partnership with Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Imola, showing to the public after more than 30 years a selection of photographs, taken by Napoleone Calamelli (Imola, 1927 – 2001), since mid-70s to mid 80s. The images were created with an elaborate photo manipulation process, in a pre-digital era, displaying a contemporary aesthetic of colours and shapes, almost visionary for the time they were made.

Since the early 50s Napoleone Calamelli, a tailor by trade and self-tough photographer, mixed his day job with an innate passion for cinema and photography. In 1972 he was amongst the first members of the photographic club in Imola, actively contributing to animate its life.
After the first works he became aware that taking photographs just to report the real life wasn’t satisfying enough for him. His vision for photography was more creative and abstract so he began to manipulate his black and white pictures, colourizing, duplicating and colourizing them again. Transitioning from black and white to colour photo slides was a must and he fell in love with the surreal colour saturation of the Kodachrome 25 film.
The experience maturated colourizing the early works became a well refined technique, that allowed him to fully transcribe in pictures his expressive language and since the early 70s his photographs evolved, enriched with details and bright colours, mixing multiple photo slides together, using masks and fabric layers. Reality get deconstructed, transposed into a visionary and imaginary context, manipulated and brought back as a  new, unique, photo slide.
Images are sent to photo contests around the world and get rewarded with national and international prizes, that work as motivation for Calamelli to keep working and pushing the creativity he was holding back for years, refining his artistic soul. That’s how imaginary landscapes and compositions became real, created with  patience and meticulousness in his tailor laboratory that almost every night, after dinner, transformed into a photographic studio.
On a first look it might seem that his camera lens was attracted by landscapes and architectural shapes, mostly lacking figurative elements, and not following a specific artistic path. But on a second look it becomes more evident that the whole body of work was a continue work in progress, experimenting, pushing the comfort zone one step further at a time, trying to find a balance between colours and shapes that would better represent Calamelli’s vision. It’s a clear and rare example of photography manipulation used as a medium to archive that goal, rather than a more classical “point and shoot” approach.

Over a time span of circa 15 years Napoleone Calamelli took part in over 700 photo contests and as of today he’s still in the TOP 250 ranking of FIAF (Italian Federation of Photographic Associations).

Prizes and Recognitions
FIAP – 15/05/1982 – Recognition AFIAP – Artiste Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique
FIAP – 21/04/1989 – Recognition EFIAP – Excellence Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique
Grolla D’oro 1973 - San Vincent   
Nikon Photo Contest International 1982/1983 – Honorable Mention – “Una casa all’inferno”
Nikon Photo Contest International 1984/1985 – 3RD Prize – “Fine del mondo (Il Faro)”
Nikon Photo Contest International 1985/1986 – 2ND Prize – “Canyon”   
Nikon Photo Contest International 1988/1989 – 3RD Prize – “Uomo Libero”
Opening hours:  Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 18:00 --- Sunday 10:00 – 13:00 ---  Closed on Monday
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Netherlands: Foam Talent 19

Saturday 12 January marks the grand opening of Foam’s temporary new venue Foam Next Door, a former office space presenting the brand new Foam Talent 2019 exhibition with works from a new generation of visual artists.

Foam has had the unique opportunity to temporarily move into a large building on the Keizersgracht, two doors down from the museum. In Foam Next Door the exhibition Foam Talent 2019 is shown in a surprising way, in which the work of twenty selected artists provides insight into the state of contemporary photography.

The exhibition will be on show at Foam Next Door until 3 March 2019. The festive opening will take place on Saturday, 12 January 2019 by night mayor Shamiro van der Geld in the presence of the artists and with music by SYMBIOSYS.

Kaelyn and the girls, from the series Frères d’une île pas très proche, 2018 © Durimel

The Talent Issue of Foam Magazine serves as an exhibition catalogue and provides more in-depth texts around the featured artists' work.

Florian Amoser (Switzerland), He Bo (China), Valentine Bo (Ukraine), Chen Zhe (China), Maisie Cousins (United Kingdom), Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques (France), Jalan&Jibril Durimel (France), Sophie Gabrielle (Australia), Eric Gyamfi (Ghana), Thomas Hauser (France), Gregory Eddi Jones (United States), Stelios Kallinikou (Cyprus), Takashi Kawashima (Japan), Dima Komarov (Russia), Lilly Lulay (Germany), Jaya Pelupessy (Netherlands), Daniel Shea (United States), Senta Simond (Switzerland), Salvatore Vitale (Italy) and Carmen Winant (United States).

The Foam Talent programme and the annual Talent Issue of Foam Magazine are supported by The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, the Niemeijer Fonds and the VandenEnde Foundation.

Foam Talent is made possible by Outset Netherlands, Kleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab, Down Town International, Snijder Schilderwerken Starframe and Asahi Super Dry.

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