٠ Christopher Marques: working-through the postmemory trauma ٠

all photographs © Christopher Marques, from the project O Álbum/The Album, 2013 Christopher’s work revolves around the quest for identity. It’s a postmodern symptom. The industrialization and the instant access to difference places, languages, faces and times, tends to confuse … Continue reading ٠ Christopher Marques: working-through the postmemory trauma ٠

٠ Duarte Amaral Netto: It’s all real, you just need to give up on your anguish (III of III) ٠

Part I of essay here and part II here © Duarte Amaral Netto, Z (France, April 1940), 2012 65×50 cm Framed, Inkjet on Fine Art, Ed. 2 + 1 AP Storytelling isn’t far from the discursive play, on the contrary. … Continue reading ٠ Duarte Amaral Netto: It’s all real, you just need to give up on your anguish (III of III) ٠

٠ Anne Geene’s natural topography ٠

© Anne Geene, from the series Ornithology © Anne Geene, from the series Ornithology “Geene is not only a keen observer; she is also a patient scholar, arranging the world around her. For instance, in her book, Parcel no. 235. Encyclopedia of an Allotment, 2009 – 2010, she thoroughly observed the 245 square meters of her own parcel no. 235 in the allotment garden ‘Eigen Hof’ in Rotterdam. The microcosm of her allotment became a metaphor for society at large. But what exactly is it that she is categorizing? Is this an objective reality that is universally applicable, no matter … Continue reading ٠ Anne Geene’s natural topography ٠

٠ Susan Hiller & the transformative potential of investigation ٠

Susan Hiller, Sisters of Menon, 1972 -79. 4 L-shaped panels of automatic writing, blue pencil on A4 paper with typed labels Susan Hiller, Dedicated to the Unknown Artists, 1972-76. Installation view, Tate Britain, London. «In fact, Hiller herself has commented that what her archive includes are moments missed, fleeting encounters with a movement that never registered in consciousness (and that is, as such, homologous with trauma): “We love these pictures because they freeze a movement which otherwise we never realize we see.” It is this element in Hiller’s archive that interests me most, a moment of missing out that is … Continue reading ٠ Susan Hiller & the transformative potential of investigation ٠

┐ Vies possibles et imaginaires └

© Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh & Rozenn Quéré, from the project Vies possibles et imaginaires “This is the story of four strong and feisty women, exiled to the four corners of the globe; four Palestinian-Lebanese sisters who have travelled through the history of the twentieth century. It is a story somewhere between documentary and fiction, biography and drama, based on family photographs, interviews – both actual and imagined events. Several gatherings, sifting and listening made stories and words emerge, that were then recreated in the present in the most vivid way possible by combining the inner experiences of these women to the … Continue reading ┐ Vies possibles et imaginaires └

┐ Sunil Shah └

© Sunil Shah, from the project Uganda Stories © Sunil Shah, from the project Uganda Stories © Sunil Shah, from the project Uganda Stories © Sunil Shah, from the project Uganda Stories “This project is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and an interrogation of documentary photography in its use to reassemble fragments of history. In 1972 the Ugandan military dictator, Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from the country. I was 3 years old when my family was forced to leave their lives and possessions behind and move to the UK. This research of my family’s origins included … Continue reading ┐ Sunil Shah └

┐ Burkhard von Harder └

@ Burkhard von Harder, untitled, from the project Cold war in a trash bag @ Burkhard von Harder, untitled, from the project Cold war in a trash bag @ Burkhard von Harder, untitled, from the project Cold war in a trash bag Cold War in a Trash Bag is based on recently found anonymous Cold War photographic footage from the Ukraine. In the summer of 2010 thousands of abandoned black and white negatives were discovered in Vinnitsa, a place only 250 km away from Chernobyl. In miserable condition, the ripped, scratched and torn filmstrips obviously had been completely forgotten and … Continue reading ┐ Burkhard von Harder └

┐ Vincent Cordebard └

© Vincent Cordebard, Untitled, from Etudes pour Les attentats à la pudeur © Vincent Cordebard, Untitled, from Etudes pour Les attentats à la pudeur © Vincent Cordebard, Untitled, from Etudes pour Les attentats à la pudeur It’s one of those rare, and thus special occasions, when I find a body of work I completely connect to in a rational, emotional, intellectual and intuitive level. Here’s a first post about his work and I foresee making more about it once I have the time to take the plunge. What follows is an excerpt of a text written by Béatrice Han: “Vincent … Continue reading ┐ Vincent Cordebard └

┐ Gunnel Wåhlstrand └

© Gunnel Wåhlstrand, © Gunnel Wåhlstrand, White Peacocks, 2007/2009 109 x 160 cm, ink-wash on paper “For eight years, Wåhlstrand has worked exclusively with a kind of re-development of private photographs, using black ink and water, a precise and time-consuming technique that she masters to perfection. The earlier body of motives consisted of her father’s family photo album, but has now been expanded to a wider family group. One of the larger works, Mother Profile, is a rendering of a studio photograph of the artist’s mother. In the exhibition, it is placed so that she gazes at the landscape where … Continue reading ┐ Gunnel Wåhlstrand └

┐ Family Archive └

© Family Archive, Portugal, May Day, 1975 © Family Archive, Portugal, May 1979 If there’s still some kind of universal language (and it’s not like I believe art is it) maybe we can recover it in the years to come. I speak as an european but I believe others would agree that the situation in our hands will push us to take direct action in order to preserve what may be left of the Social State and intervene, so to secure the place of human rights. Amidst the crises of the way our western capitalist-profitable countries are structured, there’s a … Continue reading ┐ Family Archive └