Unseen Amsterdam 2018 - An Exchange of Dialogue, Artistic Expressions and Ideas in Photography

August 20, 2018

Coming back for its seventh edition, the Unseen Amsterdam 2018 will once again highlight the latest developments at the forefront of fine art photography. Taking place at Amsterdam's Westergasfabriek this September, it will bring the most ground-breaking and innovative emerging artists from across the globe to the city, making it a place to be for every photography lover.

This year, Unseen will welcome 53 exhibitors, enabling around 300 up-and-coming and established international talent to present boundary-pushing and noteworthy work, much of which has never been seen before on the open market. In this seventh edition, visitors can be inspired by more than 85 boundary-pushing and premiering works. In addition to the gallery program, Unseen will present the artist-led CO-OP programme which will be showcasing diverse collectives from all over the world, and new exhibitions and initiatives exploring new directions in contemporary art.

This year's campaign image has been created by the Japanese digital artist Kenta Cobayashi, illustrating Tokyo as a futuristic city in flux, conjuring imaginary visions of the city that may circulate in our perception. Seeing Tokyo as a peculiar mix of fiction and reality, the artist has been inspired to create visually challenging, vibrant work. Created through multiple digital interventions, Cobayashi's work is in line with Unseen's ethos in pushing forward the frontiers of the medium.

4, from the series FORTIA, 2017, Green Phone #smudge from the series N-TOKYO, 2018 at Unseen photography fair
Left: 4, from the series FORTIA, 2017 © Keyezua Ed Cross Fine Art / Right: Green Phone #smudge from the series N-TOKYO, 2018 © Kenta Cobayashi

Unseen Amsterdam 2018 Exhibitors

This year's 53 exhibitors come from all around the world, including countries such as Iran, Czech Republic, Mexico, Japan and The United States. Unseen welcomes 18 new galleries this year to present their talent, offering visitors the most diverse experience yet.

There will be a number of returning galleries such as Ron Mandos from the Netherlands, showing Isaac Julien and Girma Berta; G/P gallery from Japan, showing Daisuke Yokota and Yuki Tawada; LhGWR from the Netherlands, showing Nadine Stijns and Mustafa Saeed and Flowers Gallery from the UK and the USA, showing Edmund Clark; among others. Unseen will also welcome a number of new galleries such as Casemore Kirkeby from the USA, showing Sean McFarland and Whitney Hubbs; JEDNOSTKA Gallery from Poland, showing Weronika Gęsicka and Rafal Milach and Fotogalleri Vasli Souza from Sweden, showing Pixy Liao, among others.

The List of Exhibitors

Special Photography Programs

Returning for the second year around, CO-OP program will present the latest work of the artist-run collectives, exploring themes such as authorship, mass tourism, migrant stereotyping and education. Coming from all around the world, from Cameroon to Austria, there will be a total of 11 collectives selected by Unseen and COOP’s curator Lars Willumeit: 280A (AT), Böhm Kobayashi (DE), Depression Era (GR), Fotoromanzo Italiano (IT), Imagenred (SP), KLAYM (CI/CH) London Alternative Photography Collective (UK), (Music For) Eggplant (FR), Migrant Image Research Group, Tokyo Photographic Research (JP), Upominki (NL) and Yaounde Photo Network (CM).

A new photography platform Futures, aiming to increase capacity and visibility for European photography talent and giving them access to the global art market, will be presented within two exhibitions. The work of all the 60 selected artists will be presented in a public outdoor space around the ponds of the Westerpark, while the work from ten selected Futures talents will be presented in the dedicated exhibition Futures.

Another special exhibition, When Records Melt will showcase a selection of work to raise environmental awareness through photography. Set up in collaboration with Project Pressure, a non-profit organisation collaborating with leading international scientists and artists to document vanishing glaciers as a result of global climate change, it will feature Michael Benson, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Edward Burtynsky, Peter Funch, Noémie Goudal, Simon Norfolk, Christopher Parsons and Klaus Thymann.

The fair's three-day speakers programme the Living Room: Aperture will welcome influential creatives and professionals from across the globe to form the dynamic programme of lectures and debates about the future of photography.

The Location

Practical Information

Unseen Amsterdam 2018 will take place at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam from September 21st to September 23rd.

The price of the daily ticket will be €21.5 (≈$24.9), while a Three-Day Pass will be €39.5 (≈$45.8). The price of the Three-Day Pass for students will be €27 (≈$31).

For more information and news visit the official website of the fair.

Untitled, form the series Matter Burn Out, 2016, Water, from the series Meditation Rocks, 2017 at unseen in september
Left: Untitled, form the series Matter Burn Out, 2016 © Daisuke Yokota G P Gallery / Right: Water, from the series Meditation Rocks, 2017 © The Cool Couple MLZ Art Dep

Pathos-Genes, (Hygeia), from the series ANTIQUITY 2.0, 2018, Steep, from the series Alibi, 201 - international talent at unseen in september
Left: Pathos-Genes, (Hygeia), from the series ANTIQUITY 2.0, 2018 © Micha Cattaui Mirko Mayer Gallery m-projects / Right: Steep, from the series Alibi, 2018 © Alice Quaresma NEWWER

Featured images: Bol - Buduma, from the series Chronicles of the Lake Chad Basin, 2017 © Benedicte Kurzen TJ Boulting; Sharde - Milwaukee, from the series America, 2014 © Jacob Aue Sobol Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen; Untitled, from the series Will My Mannequin be Home When I Return, 2014-2018 © Arko Datto East Wing. All images courtesy of Unseen Amsterdam.