This Week we start our Gallery Spotlight feature of galleries included in the 2017 edition of Unseen Amsterdam. With the theme “countries” we explore our expansive bank of galleries from across the globe that will be exhibiting this year. We’re excited to present both returning and new galleries and the inspiring, thought provoking artists they represent.
With Photo London starting this week, we begin by taking a look at some of the galleries based in London that will be exhibiting at Unseen Amsterdam this year.
Returning Unseen exhibitor since 2012, Flowers Gallery cover socio-cultural, political and environmental themes. In previous years they have shown the work of Nadav Kander, Tom Lovelace, Melinda Gibson & Thomas Sauvin and many more. One of the artists they are showcasing this year is Esther Teichmann. With new work combining text and image, her own memories and mythical narratives her dreamlike images investigate the magical qualities of the sea through alternative processes and installation.
Untitled from Heavy the Sea, 2017 © Esther Teichmann/Flowers Gallery
A gallery platform and curatorial project, A.I. Gallery present work from early career artists. At the sixth edition of Unseen, we will see work from emerging artist WeiXin Chong, amongst others. Presenting Beige Dreams, the work explores our obsession with beauty. Using flowers as a metaphor, Chong partly paints their delicate petals and leaves with cosmetics to illustrate our compulsion to conceal ourselves in a media driven world.
Beige Dreams, 2017 © WeiXin Chong/A.I. Gallery
Webber Gallery Space
Dedicated to showcasing personal work of represented and affiliated artists, Webber Gallery Space seeks to explore contemporary themes in an immersive photographic manner. Amidst others, this year they will represent returning artist and winner of the ING Unseen Talent Award 2016, Thomas Albdorf. Focusing on photography and sculpture – in particular, the intersection area between both practices his work explores the consumption of the contemporary photographic image and how it is broken down through internet distribution.
General View, 2016 © Thomas Albdorf/Webber Gallery Space
The Photographers’ Gallery
Since opening in 1971, print sales have played an integral role in The Photographers’ Gallery with all profits going into their programme and to the 35 photographers’ that they represent. As well as many other great artists, Evgenia Arbugaeva re-joins Unseen with her project Amani, a documentation of the semi-abandoned Amani Malaria Research Station in East Africa. With the guidance of a former lab assistant John Mganga, Arbugaeva spent two months following John’s former schedule. From looking after the specimens and instruments, to caring for the remaining colony of white mice and in doing so, capturing the echoes of a once ordered existence and its subsequent demise.
Untitled #51 from Amani, 2015 © Evgenia Arbugaeva/The Photographers’ Gallery
Seen Fifteen A reasonably new space in Peckham, London, Seen Fifteen specialises in contemporary photography, video & installation art. Maya Rochat exhibited last year inviting us into her universe of visual chaos with layers of both digital and analogue printing techniques, allowing us to re-think the traditional notions of beauty. This revolutionary way of thinking about photography is what you can expect to see more of from Seen Fifteen’s artists at Unseen Amsterdam 2017.
Island II, 2016 © Maya Rochat/Seen Fifteen
You can find out more about all our exhibiting galleries and artists here.