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GoSee Tip : ANGST by Peter Hauser with visual allusions to climate change, capitalism and fears of the world in the 21st century – a book presentation at UNSEEN AMSTERDAM

During the photography trade fair UNSEEN AMSTERDAM, which is taking place from 17–19 September, Swiss artist Peter Hauser (*1981) is presenting his second monograph published at Sturm & Drang entitled ANGST, including a book signing : A series of powerful black and white photographs which deal with the fears of the world in the 21st century. It is the international premier of the book which was released at the end of last year and lauded by the Financial Times as one of the best art books of the fall season.

“My photographs are aimed at questioning the environment in which we are living,” says the photographer. Peter Hauser’s ‘ANGST’ is a wake-up call, a mirror which allows us to assess the world we live in today and reflect. The photos were created between 2017 and 2020 on black and white negative film with different medium format cameras. Hauser dealt increasingly with the effects of climate change, capitalism and the loss of human individuality.

While the book itself is printed on 100 % recycled paper, the designers and artists consciously decided to encapsulate the book in shimmering PVC foil. In this way, ANGST represents the “ultimate contradiction between the surface and what lies beneath.” The book begins with a text by curator, photo critic and director of the Photoforum Pasquart, Danaé Panchaud.

UNSEEN AMSTERDAM is showing presentations of the major, institutional Dutch photographers of the past decades such as Bertien van Manen (Annet Gelink Gallery), Erwin Olaf (Ron Mandos Gallery) and Ruud van Empe (Flatland Gallery), but also of a new Dutch photography generation including Jan Hoek (Vriend van Bavink), and Melanie Bonajo (AKINCI). The fair also presents works by international names such as Valerie Belin (Flatland Gallery) and Isaac Julien (Ron Mandos Gallery), as well as emerging international stars including Antony Cairns (Stieglitz19) and Hassan Hajjaj (193 Gallery).
15.09.2021 show complete article

 

POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair presents the solo show ‘REBEL REBEL’ by photographer and collage artist Justine Laeufer, the FASHION POSITIONS and rings in the long-awaited Fall art season in Berlin

The 8th edition of the POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair took place from 9–12 September at Tempelhof Airport, and the team from the expo has quite a success to show for : Cheerful visitors and plenty of sales have made it the successful kick-off for the following Berlin Art Week! 110 international galleries from sixteen countries presented more than 400 artistic positions over the course of the four-day fair. GoSee Girlfriend and Art Producer Claudia Bußjäger – who is privately an avid connoisseur of fine art as well as expert on photography with long years of experience as an art buyer and AD for fashion shoots – presents us her highlights here on GoSee.

Claudia’s personal discovery was Cologne native, German-Japanese artist Kota Ezawa, who now lives in Oakland, California, and is represented by Galerie Anita Beckers. Ezawa edits photos from the areas of pop culture, film and art history by reducing them to flat digital images. In the process, he removes superfluous details to consciously create a simplified version. With regard to his artwork, Ezawa is interested in how images influence our experiences and shape our personal and collective memory. Here is an interview with the artist for the Whitney Biennial.

Galerie Anita Beckers in Frankfurt also displayed works by artist Annegret Soltau from the 1970s, which she was able to sell to a Berlin collection. And BRENNECKE FINE ART presented new works by inspiring painter Lars Teichmann.

The solo show ‘REBEL REBEL’ by Justine Laeufer was presented by the Curve, a Berlin gallery dedicated solely to the exhibition and promotion of contemporary collage art. The Curve on the show : “Uncomfortably beautiful, timelessly punk, disconcertingly fragile – such are the works of photographer and collage artist Justine Laeufer. Born in London in 1967, Laeufer now lives in Berlin and has made a name for herself internationally as a sought-after fashion and beauty photographer. She has been working in the industry for over twenty years for leading publications including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler, Citizen K, and Tank magazine, and is known for her unconventional casting. Her collages are analogue and handmade down to the last detail. Each of her works is unique. She exclusively uses her own photographs in these mostly large-format works, dismantling and altering them in the process to create a new person, a new identity, a new self. A book project in 2014 set this new and liberating direction in motion, restoring her faith in her creativity which she feared had been lost.”

On display as part of FASHION POSITIONS, alongside designers such as Esther Perbandt and Starstyling, was the project ‘UNPROCESSED’ by eyewear designer VERONIKA WILDGRUBER and fashion photographer MARK PILLAI. The label tells us : “UNPROCESSED presents prototypes of eyewear and materials, shadows and reflections. It is an experiment in photographing a product without actually showing it. The elements one can sense on the photos are all part of a creative process, fragments on the path to a final form and material. They are palpable although they remain unseen. The eyewear itself fades into the background, making room for the woman, who serves not as a means of projection, but becomes the protagonist herself. The camera is close to her skin, and the photos remain as unprocessed as the individual parts of the eyewear...”

The POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair this year marks the prelude to the Berlin Art Week. From 6pm on 17 September, the Berlin galleries of the POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair are celebrating openings and exhibitions in their gallery spaces, and invite visitors to stop by, stay awhile and enjoy exploring art throughout their extended opening hours.
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featured by RANKIN : PHOTO LONDON is presenting a solo show with iconic photos by RANKIN from 9-12 September, presented by the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS GALLERY

In celebration of the 52nd edition of Photo London 2021, 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS GALLERY is presenting a solo show by RANKIN. The exhibition will showcase a selection of his favorite images – including those of his best known subjects and his more conceptual work. On display are images of supermodels taken in the 1990s for Dazed & Confused as well as fashion and beauty images from his magazine HUNGER. The exhibition also deals with the concepts of beauty and mortality.

“One of the world’s most influential fashion photographers, Rankin has often defined his place within the industry as one of being on the outside looking in… Inspired by the often intertwined themes of death and sensuality in his work, the show explores Rankin’s editorial pieces to produce a multilayered discussion on light and darkness, hard and soft: These pieces take an intimate look at the dark side of desire from throughout Rankin’s career. Here, the act of seduction is so fierce a force of attraction as to take the viewer hostage.

Dodging that process of fetishization common to every exhibitionist phenomenon, the British artist uses his images to present a mirror which reflects the imagination while also providing a locus of capture between the viewer: The viewer and the subject who is being viewed. Here, the seduction lies in a delayed gratification, the act of biding one’s time before crossing the threshold and facing a constructed world, a bombastic, energy-rich, instinctive world cloaked in violent color. These shots by Rankin bear an undeniable energetic charge. The images return our gaze, take on a power of their own, and become autonomous.”

A catalogue has been published to accompany the show, which is dedicated to RANKIN. Here is an excerpt from the introduction: “To celebrate the 52nd Edition of the Photo London magazine, we are delighted to welcome back British photographer, publisher and film director Rankin, whose work will be presented at Photo London 2021 by 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS Gallery. “People inspire me the most. I love meeting new people, hearing stories, getting excited by their work. The art of fashion is incredible, and it took me a long time to understand it.”– Rankin.
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