≡ Art produced by men about men (?) ≡

Exhibition catalog, 110 × 165 mm, 272 pages, October 2013. A post about a group exhibition themed The Weak Sex – How Art Pictures the New Male, held @ Kunstmuseum Bern from 18.10.2013 to 09.02.2014. © Alexis Hunter, Approach to Fear: XVII: Masculinisation of Society – exorcise 1977. Excerpt from Preface and Acknowledgments Matthias Frehner, Director…

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≡ This Friday, while cleaning up my bookmarks ≡

I Lensmen‘s post about documentary photographer Mitch Epstein. © Mitch Epstein, Topanga Canyon, California 1974 (Recreation America). © Mitch Epstein, Playing Cards in a Chicken Market, Hanoi, Vietnam 1993 (Vietnam: A Book of Changes). II doc! photo magazine doc! photo magazine and contra doc! are online publications devoted to documentary and fine art photography, respectively. III…

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≡ Brendan Ko: I must really love this ≡

© Brendan George Ko, Nine eleven (Detection), from the series We Soon Be Night, 2011-13. © Brendan George Ko, Hoodlumz (New Tribe), from the series We Soon Be Night, 2011-13. © Brendan George Ko, United, from the series We Soon Be Night, 2011-13. © Brendan George Ko, Product Placement (Malthusian Catastrophe), from the series We…

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≡ No room à l’hasard ≡

Excerpts of Brendan Cormiers’s essay No Interest in Reality, written for The New Institute’s exhibition, 1:1 Sets for Erwin Olaf and Bekleidung, Nov 11th 2013 – March 30th 2014. Full text here. “In the documentary, On Beauty and Fall, celebrated Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf states that he has no interest in reality. He laments the…

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≡ The art of portraiture, by Marina Rosso ≡

I © Marina Rosso, Untitled, from the series Elephant, 2010-12. © Marina Rosso, Untitled, from the series Elephant, 2010-12. © Marina Rosso, Untitled, from the series Elephant, 2010-12. © Marina Rosso, Untitled, from the series Elephant, 2010-12. II © Marina Rosso, Untitled, from the series Mutants, 2014. © Marina Rosso, Untitled, from the series Mutants,…

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≡ the DOG call ≡

Dogs have had a constant presence in my life. Their relevance in one’s life can have huge proportions as does their presence in art. They’re not only present in portraits, partnering their fellow humans, but also often portrayed by themselves. Sometimes they turn into brands, sometimes they turn into pop objects, often they serve decorative…

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≡ The Hyères School of Photography ≡

My love for the Hyères Festival is known. I’ve written about it and have featured a great deal of the authors shortlisted each year. The judging panel has been responsible for issuing a statement about what they want to see in contemporary photography and it has been bold and exciting, for Hyères always awards an…

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≡ This Sunday, while cleaning up my bookmarks ≡

I A good article by Sola Agustsson @ Alternet: Why the Contemporary Art World Is Insufferable, Corrupted by the Super-Rich II A good book: European Intellectual History from Rousseau to Nietzsche, by Frank M. Turner III A curious article about a new Milgram-like experiment concludes “Those who are described as “agreeable, conscientious personalities” are more likely…

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≡ My two passions ≡

© Ana Teresa Barboza, Untitled (?). Images via ArtNau. A friend called my attention to Ana Teresa Barboza‘s work (Lima, Peru, 1981). A good friend, I should say, for she knows how I’m drawn to mixed techniques applied to photography, specially when it involves some sort of sewing. Ana Teresa’s work is anything but simple, though…

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≡ Hunting the Cliché ≡

© António Pedrosa, Untitled, from the series Iraq Slum. Antonio Pedrosa is a portuguese photographer whose work has been highly recognized, both by his national peers as well as by international entities, such as Hasselblad. In my opinion, prizes do draw attention to the award-winning authors’ work, and they do guarantee quality, but everything else…

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≡ ‘Futuristic Archeology’ or how the nomadic unit confronts the despotic machine ≡

© Daesung Lee, from the series Futuristic Archeology, 2013-14. © Daesung Lee, from the series Futuristic Archeology, 2013-14. “Desertification in Mongolia- Nomadic life has been central to traditional Mongolian culture throughout history. Even with changes brought about by urbanisation in recent years, 35% of Mongolians are living a nomadic life and thus still depend on…

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≡ Multilayered timeframes in Binh Dahn’s work ≡

© Binh Danh, Iridescence of Life No. 22. Chlorophyll print on nasturtium leaf, butterfly specimen, & resin, 2008 © Binh Danh, Iridescence of Life No. 5. Chlorophyll print on nasturtium leaf, butterfly specimen, & resin, 2008 In Michigan Quarterly Review (Volume XLIII, Issue 4, 2004), John Schafer writes about Binh Danh’s intertexual images before going…

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≡ Thick as air ≡

© Lau Ching Ping, Secret Police at Queen’s pier, from Last Glimpse of Hong Kong series, 2012. © Lau Ching Ping, Schoolmate on Park Island, from Last Glimpse of Hong Kong series, 2012. “To 2013, If you are reading this exhibition epilogue, that means you had survived 2012 safe and sound. People of Hong Kong…

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