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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Snelle and James Golding, men behind the name of The Connor Brothers, have perpetuated the hoax of being escapees from a religious cult living in Brooklyn for 18 months. Their fabricated background generated much attention and even reached a point where the disguise became an encumbrance. After a year and a half of maintaining the false identity, they came clean and admitted their true backgrounds, saying that they used the Connor Brothers as a cloak to cover the “shame” of their past lives. Although not everyone online bought into their story, claiming they are well familiar with the art game and know how to “bid up their own work for hype”, one thing is sure, works of The Connor Brothers sold in auctions among the pieces of established names like Damien Hirst, Mat Collishaw and Banksy, garnering much success. Their own quote at the end of the artists’ biography on the website readsThe Connor brothers are fictional characters created by the artists known as The Connor brothers, and it may be the best pointer to the actual mind-game they’re playing.
Those who had the opportunity to see the previous Sobekcis exhibition in Copenhagen, might have already noticed the transition in the work of the duo. Focus on the more abstract forms, intricate compositions and concentration on the vivid coloring came to dominate the style of the artists in the recent past. Entitled Shape Shift the exhibition in Soest will underline that change of direction, the shift from figurative forms to abstract influences. The shifting metaphor is also incorporated to include a more general orientation of the artists, whose complete oeuvre can be seen as constantly changing, moving further from the past inspirations and exploring the widest artistic horizons. Fluctuating between their graffiti background and fine art prospects, Sobekcis duo reconstructs their graffiti aesthetic making the marvelous works which harmoniously unite all their creative impulses.
Images in Slider: Paris Photo, 2015 (courtesy of Paris Photo); The Connor Brothers - Liar Paradox, detail (courtesy of Hang-Up Gallery); Sobekcis 1 1, 2015, Acrylic and acrylic spraypaint on canvas, detail (courtesy of Art Is Just a Four Letter Word Gallery); Matthew Plummer-Fernandez - Every Mickey Render, detail (courtesy of NOME Gallery and Matthew Plummer-Fernandez); Sobekcis 1 1, 2015, Acrylic and acrylic spraypaint on canvas, detail (courtesy of Art Is Just a Four Letter Word Gallery); Fotofever Photography Fair, 2015 (courtesy of fotofever photography fair)
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