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

  • Bol - Buduma, from the series Chronicles of the Lake Chad Basin, 2017 at Unseen in september
  • Untitled, from the series Will My Mannequin be Home When I Return, 2014-2018
  • Sharde - Milwaukee, from the series America, 2014
August 20, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

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

Ag GalerieIran, TehranAli Mobasser, Ali Zanjani, Parnian Ferdossi, Peyman Hooshmandzadeh
ALBADA JELGERSMAThe Netherlands, AmsterdamErin O'Keefe, Rens Horn
Aperture FoundationThe United States, New YorkDrew Nikonowicz
Argentea GalleryThe United Kingdom, BirminghamSamin Ahmadzadeh
BERNHARD KNAUS FINE ARTGermany, Frankfurt am MainFlo Maak, Kyungwoo Chun
BILDHALLESwitzerland, ZurichAlbarrán Cabrera, Douglas Mandry
C&H galleryThe Netherlands, AmsterdamJungmin Lee
Camara Oscura Galeria de ArteSpain, MadridAlberto Franco Díaz, Elina Brotherus, Johann Ryno de Wet
Casemore KirkebyThe United States, San FranciscoSean McFarland, Whitney Hubbs
Christophe Guye GalerieSwitzerland, ZurichLina Scheynius, Risaku Suzuki
Drdova GalleryCzech Republic, PragueHynek Alt, Václav Kopecký
East WingQatar, DohaArko Datto, Sanne de Wilde
Ed Cross Fine ArtThe United Kingdom, LondonKeyezua, Mário Macilau
Espace JBSwitzerland, GenevaJonathan LLense, Lucas Olivet, Marine Lanier
Flatland GalleryThe Netherlands, AmsterdamAlice Browne, Erwin Olaf, Katharine Cooper, Paolo Ventura
Flowers GalleryThe United Kingdom, LondonEdmund Clark, Julie Cockburn, Scarlett Hooft Graafland
Fotogalleri Vasli SouzaSweden, MalmöAdeY, Liu Silin, Pixy Liao, Sami Parkkinen
G/P galleryJapan, TokyoAsami Kiyokawa, Kenta Cobayashi, Mayumi Hosokura, Takaaki Akaishi
Galerie Alex Daniëls - Reflex AmsterdamThe Netherlands, AmsterdamChen Nong, Miles Aldridge, Roger Ballen, Todd Hido
Galerie BartThe Netherlands, Amsterdam & NijmegenAlexandra Hunts, Jannemarein Renout, Kuno Grommers
Galerie BinomeFrance, ParisAnaïs Boudot, Edouard Taufenbach, Michel Le Belhomme, Thibault Brunet
Galerie Caroline O’BreenThe Netherlands, AmsterdamAnne Geene, Carolien Scholtes, Diana Scherer
Galerie Clémentine de la FéronnièreFrance, ParisAdrien Boyer, Anne Rearick, Marco Barbon
galerie dudokdegrootThe Netherlands, AmsterdamIlona Plaum, Paul Bogaers
Galerie Fons WeltersThe Netherlands, AmsterdamBerend Strik, Gabriel Lester, Paulien Oltheten
Galerie Janine RubeizLebanon, BeirutLara Tabet & Randa Mirza
Galerie Julian SanderGermany, CologneJory Hull
Galerie Les filles du calvaireFrance, ParisNelly Polomäki, SMITH
Galerie Ron MandosThe Netherlands, AmsterdamAnouk Kruithof, Hans op de Beeck
GALERIE STEPHAN WITSCHISwitzerland, ZurichEster Vonplon
Galerie Wouter van LeeuwenThe Netherlands, AmsterdamAndreas Gefeller, Gregory Halpern, Jacqueline Hassink, Michael Wolf, Raymond Meeks
IBASHOBelgium, AntwerpHideyuki Ishibashi, Ken Kitano, Mika Horie, Yoshinori Mizutani
IntervalleFrance, ParisElsa Leydier, Julien Mauve, Julien Mignot
JEDNOSTKA GalleryPoland, WarsawRafał Milach, Weronika Gęsicka
Kahmann GalleryThe Netherlands, AmsterdamBart Lunenburg, Jeroen Toirkens, Kevin Osepa, Lorenzo Vitturi
Kopeikin GalleryThe United States, Los AngelesAlejandro Cartagena, Joanne Dugan, Katrin Korfmann
LhGWRThe Netherlands, The HagueDaan Paans, Lana Mesić, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Thomas Kuijpers
mc2galleryItaly, MilanJonny Briggs, Patricio Reig, Vittoria Gerardi
METRONOMItaly, ModenaAlberto Sinigaglia, Martina Della Valle, TILO&TONI
MEYOHASThe United States, New York, QueensEva O'Leary
Mirko Mayer Gallery / m-projectsGermany, CologneColin Cook, Pasi Orrensalo, Ralph Baiker
MLZ Art DepItaly, TriesteAlessandro Sambini, DISCIPULA, Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt, The Cool Couple
NEWWERMexico, MonterreyAlice Quaresma, José Luis Cuevas, Santiago Forero, Sofía Ayarzagoitia
The Photographers' GalleryThe United Kingdom, LondonAlma Haser, Jessa Fairbrother, Vasantha Yogananthan
Podbielski ContemporaryItaly, MilanBenyamin Reich, Yuval Yairi
Purdy Hicks GalleryThe United Kingdom, LondonAnna Reivilä, Awoiska van der Molen, Celine Bodin, Susan Derges
The Ravestijn GalleryThe Netherlands, AmsterdamEva Stenram, Martina Sauter
Red Hook LabsThe United States, New York, BrooklynAlice Mann, Rahima Gambo, Ruth Ossai
Seen FifteenThe United Kingdom, LondonAlexander Mourant
Stieglitz19Belgium, AntwerpChen Wei, Ji Zhou, Lin Zhipeng, Sara Skorgan Teigen
Stigter van DoesburgThe Netherlands, AmsterdamElspeth Diederix, Nathaniel Mellors, Peggy Franck
Supermarket GalleryHungary, BudpestAndrás Ladocsi, Kata Geibl
TJ BoultingThe United Kingdom, LondonBénédicte Kurzen, Hayley Morris-Cafiero, Juno Calypso, Maisie Cousins

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.