Weekend with Unseen

by Unseen May 14 2018

Unseen goes to Russia! Together with Moscow’s international festival Photobookfest, we are excited to present the Weekend with Unseen at the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography from the 25th to the 27th of May, 2018. We are hosting a four-day programme, where you will be able to learn about the latest trends in the photography industry and get an inspiration for your own future projects. There is an extensive programme of events filled with exhibitions, lectures and debates on the state of photography today. 

The programme is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Russia and is co-curated by Unseen. 



19:00–19:30 Welcome and introduction by Emilia van Lynden 
19:30–21:00Daria Tuminas, Head of the Unseen Book Market and Unseen Dummy Award. Lecture on contemporary photo book practices and presentation of the latest shortlist of Unseen Dummy Award and show


12:00–13:30 Panel discussion #1 
The future of Contemporary Photography - what you need to know

During its relatively short history, photography has already caused a revolutionary shift away from the accustomed view of paintings and drawings and has introduced an entirely new way of representing reality. As photography finally established its status as an artistic medium, how did its position change? How should artists create their work in the world where imagery is continuously bombarding our visual perception? What are the latest developments in the medium within contemporary art? Through a panel discussion, photography professionals are going to delve into the current themes and trends within the medium, highlighting the different processes and formats that are being employed by contemporary practitioners. 

Narda van ’t Veer, gallerist
Vladimir Dudchenko, gallerist and collector
Nadezhda Sheremetova, gallerist
Laurence Aëgerter, artist
Moderated by: Emilia van Lynden

Artist talks: 
14:30–15:30 – Sjoerd Knibbeler
(60 minutes including Q&A)
16:00–17:00 Laurence Aëgerter (60 minutes including Q&A)

17:30–19:00 Panel discussion #2  
The Professional's Toolbox, how to kick start a career in contemporary photography

After studying for years to become an artist, the daunting moment finally arrives and it’s time to leave the guidance and comfort offered by an art academy. Without the safety net of classes or mentors for advice, the most recently graduated artists are left with an all-encompassing question: what happens now? From networking to self-promotion or finding gallery representation, it seems like an unachievable task to get the ball rolling on your career. Photography professionals, ranging from educators to gallerists, are going to discuss the different elements and strategies that any graduate should bear in mind when they start to profile themselves as an artist within the contemporary art world. 

Narda van ’t Veer, gallerist
Sjoerd Knibbeler, artist
Alexey Korsi, curator and lecturer
Alyona Kurmashova, gallerist
Moderated by: Emilia van Lynden


12:00–16:00 Portfolio review (EN/RUS)

Portfolio reviews for the local artist by an international team of reviewers

Reviewers: Emilia van Lynden (Artistic Director, Unseen), Narda van ’t Veer (Unit/The Ravestijn Gallery), Sjoerd Knibbeler (artist), Laurence Aëgerter (artist), Daria Tuminas (Head of Unseen Book Market, Igor Mukhin (artist), Nadezhda Sheremetova (curator, FotoDepartament), Alexey Korsi (curator, Stella Art Foundation).

9 artists per reviewer. 20 minutes review per artist. 

Local artists can apply to participate within the portfolio reviews and showcase their portfolios to the professionals whilst getting feedback on their work, their techniques and possibilities for them abroad.

18:00–20:00 – Małgorzata Stankiewicz. Artist-talk and presentation of the “Cry of an Echo” exhibition and book. Stankiewicz is the winner of Unseen Dummy Award 2017.

Małgorzata Stankiewicz is an artist born in Poland and based in Switzerland. She works with black-and-white hand-printed and experimental photography.

In 2017, she became the winner of Unseen Dummy Award with her photobook “Cry of an Echo”. The book is dedicated to the Białowieža Forest, Europe's last primeval forest, which is being destroyed despite all that was said about the environment in recent years. 46 large black-and-white photographs included in the book are called by the photographer herself ‘a metaphor for torment’, ‘a silent shout’, and ‘a protest’. 
31 MAY - 3 JUNE: 

In addition to the Weekend with Unseen, an exhibition of the ING Unseen Talent Award finalists takes place at The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow. The ING Unseen Talent Award is a collaboration between ING Bank and Unseen Amsterdam focused on fostering new photographic talent. The Award provides an international platform for emerging European artists to present their work on a global scale.

For the exhibition, Natalia Grigorieva (Founder and Chief Curator of Lumiere Brothers Center) has handpicked six exceptional finalists from the past two years, including Andrea Grützner (1984, Germany), Alexandra Lethbridge (1987, United Kingdom), Thomas Albdorf (1982, Austria), Miren Pastor (1985, Spain), Tereza Zelenkova (1985, Czech Republic) and Felicity Hammond (1988, United Kingdom). All the talents have followed an extensive talent programme, guided by internationally established artists, whilst creating new work for the ING Collection in response to a chosen theme: Common Ground (2017), encouraging the discovery of similarities among differences, and Fool for Love (2016), exploring the passion and devotion required to pursue one's dreams. ING Unseen Talent Award: the Curator’s Choice is on show during the Photobookfest from the 30th of May until the 3rd of June 2018.