MA in Photography, Falmouth University, Module 4, Sustainable Prospects
It was a pleasure to visit Unseen 2017 (fig 1) in Amsterdam in September 2017.
These are my concise observations;
I met with my tutors and fellow students at the Student Hotel, Amsterdam (fig 2). We set ourselves a photographic project to stretch over 2 days entitled ‘seen;unseen’ to relate to the place and the theme of the expo.
The first port of call was Foam which is a major influence behind the photo festival. It showed a selection of emerging talent, figures 3 Alix Marie, 4 and 5 Sushant Chhabria.
figures 4, 5
On to Huis Marseille which devoted all 14 of its gallery spaces to Jamie Hawkesworth’s image making, figures 5, 6. I was pleased to have been able to join the talk and tour led by Hawkesworth. I questioned the editing, as he described the Preston Bus Station shoot as wholly democratic – hence all people were included and printed at the same scale, but this was defied by the fact that the ‘boy with the afro’ was repeated in a lobby space at a much larger scale. I also found his nude wok with the model Mica, with whom he had a relationship, as peering into a personal collection which felt awkward and made me question that private should stay private in many collections and bodies of work.
It is interesting attempting to access Hawkesworth’s website – one of the most awkward.
figures 5, 6
On to the main Unseen venue, figure 7. The following images were recorded as they inspired me or provoked me in the context of my practice. All the artists in the main building were represented by galleries. The majority were based in Europe and I spotted East Wing gallery from Dubai.
figures 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Then onto the Co-op building that provided space for artsists who are collaborating with others and were representing themselves. I was intrigued by a book held within a cast concrete sleeve (figure 15) and the vitrine housing printers uncut copies of the Stephen Keppel book I had purchased, figure 16. Figure 17 shows the context to this Co-op space.
Note – all web links visited November 2017.