Contemporary Photography in Focus Next Week

November 8, 2015

Europe is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since the end of the Second World War. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing war-affected countries (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and others), risking their life crossing Mediterranean in order to reach Europe. Even when they reach Europe, refugees and migrants are still facing problems. Cold weather, rain, closed borders; but many people are trying to help them by donating clothes, food, and all other necessary things. And we learn a lot of things related with refugees and migrants thanks to brave photographers who create touching images of people in need. Of course, a professional photographer has to be very ethical in these circumstances. Photography is important, and has a very important role in contemporary society. And, of course, it’s also one of the main art mediums. For everybody who likes photography – prepare yourselves! The most important photography fair in the world is about to start – Paris Photo 2015 opens on November 12! More than 140 leading galleries from 33 countries worldwide will participate at this great art fair! But, that’s not all – Paris will host one more photography art fair – FotoFever art fair - that will begin on November 12.

Hang-up Gallery in London is organizing an exhibition of The Connor Brothers, entitled So It Goes… The exhibition will feature a special appearance by Nadya Tolokonnikova, and will also feature an installation which depicts their documented work in the refugee camp in Calais named The Jungle. The opening is scheduled for November 13. An amazing show is organized by art is just a four letter word Gallery in Soest – the exhibition of the Serbian duo Sobekcis entitled Shape Shift opens on November 14. Finally, let us remind: NOME Gallery from Berlin organizes an exhibition of Matthew Plummer-Fernandez. Opening took place on November 7. Enjoy!

Scroll down and see what’s in focus in the week of November 9-15.

Paris Photo 2015

Under the direction of Christoph Wiesner, the new Salon d’Honneur gallery sector will give Paris Photo visitors a unique opportunity to see exceptional photographs in all their large-scale glory, as well as works produced in series. Taking part in this program will be 10 international spaces, each presenting a photographer in a solo show. Among them, Daido Moriyama, presented by Akio Nagasawa and Jean Kenta Gautier, Nobuyoshi Araki with Taka Ishii, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander and Walker Evans with Thomas Zander. As part of the usual gallery solo shows, there will be a spectacular choice of artists, from Jacques Henri Lartigue (with Alain Gutharc), Nick Knight (with Christophe Guye), Brassai (Karsten Greve), Guy Bourdin (Louise Alexander), Bernd and Hilla Becher (Spruth Magers) and many more. Galerie Lelong will showcase the images of Jean-Baptiste Huynh, who is exploring the double theme of nudes and plants from France and Vietnam, and young Chinese photographer Maleonn will exhibit at Galerie Magda Danysz.

The Platform, Paris Photo’s discussion platform, will present a series of talks dedicated to three topics: The collection, with a focus on J. P. Morgan’s exhibition for the fair; After the Crisis, about the medium’s evolution and problems, and The relationship between the book and photography, discussing the possibilities of the dissemination of images today. Also on view there will be over 1000 photographs from the Collezione Enea Righi, featuring the likes of Cy Twombly, Nan Goldin, Hans-Peter Feldmann and many more. The 2015 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards will be given out for First Photobook ($10,000), Photobook of the Year and Photography Catalogue of the Year, also showcasing 35 shortlisted titles.

To accompany the program, there will be official partner exhibitions (Acqua #6 presented by Giorgio Armani, On Time JPMorgan, featuring photos and films by 13 artists taken from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, and Coup de Foudre / At First Sight by Natasha Caruana, presented by BMW Art & Culture), associate partner exhibitions (J’Etais La, presented by Leica, Li Wei’s Vision, presented by Pernod Ricard), as well as the Paris Photo Agenda, established in 2013 with Leica to select the best of photography throughout the year from more than 200 galleries and institutions around the world.

FotoFever Photography Art Fair 2015

The organisers of fotofever have introduced a number of projects, many which focus on the collecting of photography. There will be the fotocollection, a thematic exhibition the chair, lent from a private collection of Galila Barzilaï Hollander; the collectfoto, a free public guide and a proper “how to” for collectors; the fotoprize contest, which will reveal new talents from a French art school and this year’s winner, Juliette-Andrea Elie, with her Fading Landscapes series, and the fotoweb, offering a lifetime visibility to 250 fotofever galleries and their 890 artists. But surely the highlight of the fair, especially for young collectors who are only starting to collect, will be the selection of artworks under 1000€, ranging in topics, size and style. You can find them at the entrance and on each exhibitor’s booth.

Matthew Plummer-Fernandez at NOME

This way, we are the generation that has been protecting our own culture from ourselves – not a single artwork made in our time will become public property during our lifetime. Now, just take a look back and remember all art pieces throughout the history that are now in public property, and see what a shame would have been if they too were copyright protected (and what a shame is that copyright is prolonging for decades now). Perhaps these questions of copyright and where the original ends and a newly formed art based upon the original begins could be the central motifs of Matthew Plummer-Fernandez’ first solo show named Hard Copy, that will take place at NOME Gallery during November and December.

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