The galleries have been announced, the artists confirmed, but do you know who’s who? In the weeks leading up to Unseen Amsterdam 2018 we’ll be shining a light on each of the artists represented by the participating galleries. This week, we will be looking at the work of artists exhibiting at this year’s edition of Unseen Amsterdam from galleries from the Lebanon, Qatar, Iran and Japan.
Galerie Janine Rubeiz (LBN)
Lara Tabet (LBN, 1983) & Randa Mirza (LBN, 1978) present a collaborative series End-to-End Encrypted following a long-distance relationship of two women photographers, going by the pseudonym Jeanne et Moreau. The series depicts a contemporary long-distance relationship reliant on digital technology. Meanwhile, Rasha Kahil’s (LBN, 1980) Anatomy of a Scandal reclaims agency over her own body whilst dissecting the overwhelming extent of public opinion divulged online.
Image: Sexfies, IMG_1191, Jeanne et Moreau, from the series End-to-End Encrypted, 2018 © Lara Tabet & Randa Mirza / Galerie Janine Rubeiz
East Wing (QAT)
Arko Datto (IN, 1986) weaves fictional stories through his documentary images, exploring direct confrontation with the night, in his series Will My Mannequin be Home When I Return. Also exhibiting with East Wing is Sanne de Wilde (BE, 1987) who presents the series The Island of the Colourblind, where the artist investigates the Pingelap and the Pohmpei Islands in Micronesia, both of which have extraordinarily high incidences of achromatopsia.
Ag Galerie (IR)
Babak Kazemi (IR, 1983) turns the camera on himself and his relatives, exploring the rich heritage of Iranian family portraiture with his series The Interior. Meanwhile Hassanzadeh (IR, 1980) and Moradi (IR, 1985) draw on the events and struggles which have unravelled in their home, oil-rich region of Iran over the recent centuries. Parnian Ferdossi (IR, 1985) presents her series Collage of NASA Satellite Images of Borders and I Travel, focusing on ways in which geographical, political and environmental borders are constituted, revealing their artificiality in people’s lives. Finally, Mehrali Razaghmanesh’s (IR, 1983) premiering series A or I depicts the Hyrcanian Forest dating back to the Jurassic era, located in Iran and Azerbijan. The artist observes how the ancient forest has been converted to urban and cultural land.
Image: Untitled, from the series Collage of NASA Satellite Images of Borders and I, Travel, 2017 © Parnian Ferdossi / Ag Galerie
G/P Gallery (JP)
Daisuke Yokota’s (JP, 1983) series Matter/Burn Out, is an extension of his previous work, Matter. Following the work’s presentation at JIMEI X ARLES International Photography Festival—held 70 years after the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War—Yokoto burnt the prints. The ‘burnt out’ process was documented in 4,000 photographs, whereby the data was processed and manipulated. Taisuke Koyama’s (JP, 1978) series REVIVE consists of error images which resulted from the use of data recovery software in the restoration of purposefully deleted photographs of Tokyo. Pursuing the relationship between human and nature, Takashi Kawashima (JP, 1985) works around the theme of natural catastrophes. To complete the artists exhibiting through G/P Gallery, Yuki Tawada (JP, 1978) presents Shadow Dance, a direct result of the artist’s PhD thesis, for which she researched the link between phototherapy and magical realism.
Image: A Place of Red Clay, from the series Absence and ambience, 2015-2017 © Takashi Kawashima / G/P gallery
Unseen Amsterdam 2018 runs from the 21st to the 23rd of September. Check out our programme, get your tickets now and start planning your perfect Unseen experience.
Header Image: Untitled, from the series The Island of the Colorblind, 2018 © Sanne De Wilde / East Wing