Amsterdam welcomes back its international photography fair and festival, presenting a celebration of various forms of photography works. Unseen 2014 will not only show its annual photography fair, but will also introduce the inaugural of the Unseen Premieres, showcasing works that have never been exhibited before in any form of media. This year’s Unseen will feature works from over 50 galleries, including 60 photographic works premieres, as well as the an extensive programme consisting of artist talks, panel discussions with professional photographers, and presentations. As it commences this week, Ultra Vie joins in the celebration by sharing our favourite picks from this year’s participating photographers, on what you can expect in this year’s fair.
Isabelle Wenzel has achieved the Leica Prize in 2007, alongside with her photographs published in a number of book projects. Wenzel’s work is selected for the FOAM collection and the VU MC art collection, displayed in Rotterdam’s Nederlands Fotomuseum.
Darren Harvey-Regan finds the unique concept in photography to not only literally depict objects, but portraying the objects coming to life, as he states, “I think photographing materials is a way to consider the means of creating meaning, and it’s a tactile process which I feel involved.”
As a London based photographer, Julia Fullerton-Batten has many accomplishments across the globe; with her interesting choices of settings and street-cast models, her distinctive style has marked a worldwide attraction in photography, channeling mystery and teasing viewers to define the image through visual intensity.
Surrealist photographer Juul Kraijer delivers a perception of eternality through depicting the neutral relationship between the model and the animal. Kraijer has been acknowledged in major museum collections including MoMA, New York and Kupferstichka-binett Berlin. Although this work is not part of the premiere, Kraijer intentionally portrays the face expressionless, making the human aspect in the photograph to be like an object.
In her latest series, ‘Gulu Real Art Studio’, Martina Bacigalupo collects citizens of Gulu’s society from nurses, farmers, students, businessmen, to nuns, presented through the physical appearance and pose, cutting out their faces depicting an unconventional series of portraits. Bacigalupo accomplishments have been recognised including in the Canon Female Photojournalist Award.
Anna Di Prospero
Prior to her achievement in 2011 for the Lucie Awards 2011 Discovery of the Year, Anna Di Prospero has been selected for Rome’s International Festival of Photography, FotoGrafia an a solo exhibition at Gallerati Gallery.
Danish photography-based visual artist Trine Søndergaard has been well-acknowledged through her photographs in defining its absence of emotion, emphasising the layer of visuals within. Alongside her book publications with Steidl, Hatje Cantz and Hassla Books, she has been awarded the Albert Renger-Patzsch Prize in 2000 among many of her acknowledgements in her photography career. As she is premiering her new work, ‘Guldnakke #14′ indicates as a preview of Søndergaard’s work in the fair.
London artist Isaac Julian have experimented working in a range of media, and have been represented by Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern in London, as well as in the Guggenheim Collection. His works have had him nominated in the Turner Prize in 2001, a Trustee of the Serpentine Gallery and a recipient in MIT Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts in 2001 and the Frameline Lifetime Achievement Award the year after.
After his studies in Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg with Fritz Kramer and Jitka Hanzlová, German photographer Philip Gaißer is recognised in his conceptual approach in this particular medium that conveys a presentation of casual scenes emphasising its aesthetic elements.
Indonesian artist Kinez Riza works observes symbology, iconology and mythology through the medium of photography, defining the perception of human metaphor towards nature. Riza have done exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad, and contributed in residency programmes including her most recent participation in Land Art Mongolia 369 (2014), and currently still within residency at the Bandung Geology Museum archaeological department.
Ji Seon Yoon
Ji Seon Yoon uses the medium photography to challenge perceptions particularly in the “violent” perspective of sewing to distort the photographs. With many of her accomplishments across South Korea, Yoon conveys critical notions on what viewers can literal see in a photograph, and how does one relate to it.