Living Room Recordings

by Unseen November 20 2018

We are pleased to share the video recordings of the Living Room 2018, an engaging series of talks, discussions and presentations with artists, photography specialists and industry creatives.

Co-curated this year by Futures and Aperture, discussions were bold and varied, addressing everything from new technical methods, social and political narratives, and the influence of intersecting artistic mediums. Furthermore, the Living Room hosted the Unseen Dummy Award Ceremony, Premiere Presentations, and a one-off session with Expert Photobook Review.  

Aperture presents Elements of Style
Join leading photographers, writers and editors as they discuss the evolving language of fashion photography and how it can address complex questions of representation, from colonial legacies to queer histories, and other concerns beyond the sartorial. Alistair O’Neill (Professor of Fashion History and Theory, Central Saint Martins) in conversation with Awol Erizku (visual artist), Chiara Nonino (Editor, Vogue Italia) and Lou Stoppard (writer, curator and broadcaster).

Aperture presents Pictures in Print
How does magazine design help create a meaningful conversation around images? How do art directors and editors create compelling contexts for photography? These questions form the starting point for this discussion on contemporary magazine design and photography. Michael Famighetti (Editor, Aperture Magazine) in conversation with Veronica Ditting (creative director), Paul Gorman (writer) and Salvatore Vitale (Editor, YET Magazine).

Futures presents Shape
With practices that combine installation and spatial design to create multi-sensory experiences, three of the featured Futures artists elaborate on developing new approaches as their works expand within the exhibition space. Raphaëlle Stopin (Photography Art Director, Hyères Festival) in conversation with Futures artists Anna Orłowska (PL), Maija Savolainen (FI) and Alexey Shlyk (BY).

Futures presents Change
Three featured artists retell the journeys they’ve undertaken to shed light on marginalised communities and raise awareness on a variety of cultural issues. Ángel Luis González (Founder and Director, PhotoIreland Foundation) in conversation with Futures artists Lena Dobrowolska (PL), Raúl Moreno (ES) Teo Ormond (UK) and Yana Wernicke (DE).

Futures presents Memory 
Three selected artists delve deeper into the archive, reflecting on notions of memory as they share their disparate processes of combining archival material with personal narratives. Ingrid Leonard (Assistant Curator, Fotomuseum Antwerp) in conversation with Futures artists Maria Baoli (ES), Umberto Coa (IT) and Rie Yamada (JP/DE).

Artists Talks Friday 
Hear from Eva O'Leary (US/IE), whose work reflects on identity and selfhood in modern times, Rafał Milach (PL), who explores the effects of government propaganda, and Simon Norfolk (NI), who uses photography to raise awareness of global climate change.

Artists Talks Saturday 
Hear from Sean McFarland (US), whose work deals with contemporary and historical perceptions of the landscape, Elina Brotherus (FI), who blurs the line between performance and photography, and Arko Datto (IN), who questions the role of the photographer in the digital age.

Artists Talks Sunday 
Hear from Rasha Kahil (LB), whose work reflects on contemporary issues of social identity, Pixy Liao (CN), who explores gender norms in different contexts, and Benyamin Reich (IL), who looks at queer culture and the homo-erotic roots of Judaism.

Unseen Dummy Award Ceremony 
Join our celebratory announcement of the 2018 Unseen Dummy Award winner, preceded by a discussion with the jury members regarding the selection process, and find out which of the nominated photobook dummies will be published by Lecturis in spring 2019. With jury members Sarah Allen (Assistant Curator, Tate Modern), Tim Clark (Editor-in-Chief and Director, 1000 Words), Russet Lederman (Co-founder, 10×10 Photobooks), Paul van Mameren (Managing Director, Lecturis) and Małgorzata Stankiewicz (winner of the Unseen Dummy Award 2017).

Premiere Presentations
Every year, Unseen Amsterdam exhibits a number of premieres seen in the flesh for the first time. Join us for a discussion with a selection of artists who will elaborate on their latest projects. Pavel Kovalski (Coordinator, Unseen Living Room) moderates a panel discussion with six premiering artists in three sittings.

Live Session by Expert Photobook Review 
Since 2015, St.Petersburg based collective Expert Photobook Review has invited experts from beyond the photography industry to analyse photobooks in a video review format. During a special live event, three experts will review the newest books launched at Unseen Book Market. Reviewed books include: Today, too, I experienced something I hope to understand in a few days (Fw:Books) by Sanne van den Elzen, Malleus Maleficarum (Meta/ Books) by Virginie Rebetez and The Migrant by Anais Lopez. Moderated by Jana Romanova (Co-Founder, Expert Photobook Review).

Image: Unseen Amsterdam, Living Room, 2018 © Almicheal Fraay