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. For this final artist spotlight, as we count down to the weekend of Unseen Amsterdam 2018, we’ll be coming back home, looking at the work of artists exhibiting with galleries from within the Netherlands.
Albada Jelgersma (NL)
Erin O’Keefe (US, 1962) combines the disciplines of architecture and photography, creating architectural illusions that challenge traditional perceptions of space. Meanwhile, Rens Horn (NL, 1970) shows intriguing, poetic and intimate images he collects during his many travels abroad and on road trips with his motorcycle, working in the dark room of his studio with analogue techniques which give his work depth.
Image: Nr. 15, from the series Built Work, 2018 © Erin O'Keefe/ALBADA JELGERSMA
C&H Gallery (NL)
Jungmin Lee’s (KR, 1985) series In Between Stage is inspired by the time the artist lived and studied in the Netherlands. Superimposing images depicting the coniferous greenery in Dutch gardens and the tulip—now intertwined with Dutch culture but native to North African and Eurasian countries, Jungmin visually reconstructs cultural assimilation.
Image: #11, from the series In Between Stage, 2016 © Jungmin Lee/C&H gallery
Galerie Bart (NL)
In her new series Stages, Femke Dekkers (NL, 1984) photographs the various stages of covering, over-painting and correcting. The outcome is a photo or series that captures the moment when everything falls into place. Also exhibiting with Galerie Bart is Henk Wilderschut (NL, 1967) who presents his new series Defiant Gardens, in which he continues to depict unlikely agricultural plots found in the midst of refugee camps, motivated by his frustration with current dominant practice within documentary photography to convey little beyond the obvious. He photographs the little make-shift gardens to stand as universal symbols of an unwavering hope.
Galerie Fons Welters (NL)
While Berend Strick (NL, 1960) examines the meaning of images through an extensive process of re-working with fabric and thread, Gabriel Lester’s (NL, 1972) artwork, films and installations originate from a desire to tell stories and construct environments that support these stories or present their own narrative. Juliette Blightman’s (UK, 1980) work can be described as deeply personal, blurring the line between art and life itself. Articulated in excerpts, she conjures the fragmented feeling of a journal. Finally, Win McCarthy (US, 1986) combines photography, text and sculpture with his work, constantly positioning the individual in the larger context of the city and the world.
Image: Deciphering the artist mind (studio HO), 2016 © Berend Strik/Galerie Fons Welters
The Ravestijn Gallery (NL)
Eva Stenram (SE, 1976) works as a true ‘photographic archaeologist’, treating the archive as both a source of inspiration and a reservoir of raw materials for her work. Stenram will be exhibiting her series Oblique at Unseen Amsterdam this coming weekend. Entering into ambiguous investigations of film and photography, Martina Sauter (DE, 1974) combines recently taken photographs with a film also created by the artist. Some images involve characters, others are devoid of them, revealing peripheral traces, fragments and rooms. Finishing off the artists exhibiting at Unseen Amsterdam 2018 is Inez & Vinoodh (NL, 1963 and 1961), an artistic duo operating simultaneously in the art and fashion world, exploring the boundaries of each genre. Among the first photographers to harness the full potential of digital manipulation, they strive to question social and gender norms with their work, combining the beautiful with the bizarre, the classical with camp.
Image: f4/19, from the series Oblique, 2018 © Eva Stenram/The Ravestijn 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: Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan, April 2018, from the series Defiant Gardens, 2018 © Henk Wildschut/Galerie Bart