Soraya Vasconcelos

image caption (above): © Soraya Vasconcelos, untitled, digital c-print, 122×163 cm, 2007. More of Soraya’s recent work can be seen here.   Models of “territories” are constructed with organic matter and inorganic material: paint, pigments, varnishes, wax, plaster… There is a process of constructionIs it possible to formulate a general theory of artistic collaboration? And…

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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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┐ Martin Arnold’s politics of representation └

p “To discover an avant-garde film-maker who is able to combine theoretical and formal sophistication and widely accessible pleasure always seems something of a miracle. And yet it’s a miracle that Arnold has accomplished twice, in Pitce Touchie (1989) and Passage c l’acte (1993), two exhilarating, often laugh-out-loud-funny short films that demonstrate that avant-garde work…

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┐ Eric Rondepierre └

photo caption (above) © Eric Rondepierre, Couple, passant, 1996-98 © Eric Rondepierre, Confidence, 1996-98 © Eric Rondepierre, Le Voyeur, 1996-98 “That impossible photogram, as Roland Barthes said. An object which is not (even) an object, but at the same time is actually two objects. It doesn’t (really) belong to the cinema or (simply) to photography…

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┐ Kirsten Hoving └

© Kirsten Hoving, Birth of the star system, from the series Night Wanderers, 2010 © Kirsten Hoving, Music of the Spheres, from the series Night Wanderers, 2010 © Kirsten Hoving, Cassiopeia, from the series Night Wanderers, 2010 “Night Wanderers is a series of photographs envisioning the cosmos. I photograph objects and nineteenth-century photographs frozen in…

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┐ Cara Judea Alhadeff └

© Cara Judea Alhadeff, Lost Valley, from the conscious dream project © Cara Judea Alhadeff, kunst-stoff, from the conscious dream project © Cara Judea Alhadeff, Exploratoreum, from Gestation (singles) © Cara Judea Alhadeff, south american tropical room, from gestation project © Cara Judea Alhadeff, art and revolution’s wailing women heads, from gestation project “As a…

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┐ AUTOMATISM as direct action └

© Bryan Lewis Saunders, under the influence of butane honey oil (left) and morphine IV (right) © Bryan Lewis Saunders, under the influence of 1/2g cocaine (left) and 1 “bump” of crystalmeth (right) “After experiencing drastic changes in my environment, I looked for other experiences that might profoundly affect my perception of the self. So…

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┐ Alexander Gehring └

@ Alexander Gehring, Untitled, from the series Messages from the Darkroom @ Alexander Gehring, Untitled, from the series Messages from the Darkroom The photographic series Messages from the Darkroom investigates the connection between photography and the occult. Based on historical photographs published by early twentieth century parapsychologist Dr. Albert von Schrenck-Notzing, Messages from the Darkroom…

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┐ Andrea Palasti └

@ Andrea Palasti, camera obscura made of gourd @ Andrea Palasti, camera obscura made of watermelon @ Andrea Palasti, Mix media, installation: camera obscura made by gourd, melon, watermelon and Nescafe cans, photographs made by camera obscuras printed on cookies, artificial grass, blanket, pillows, basket and a cat. “Exploring the relationship between nature and culture…

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┐ Michal Heiman └

CRITICAL IMAGE: MICHAL HEIMAN, By Dr. Ariella Azoulay Michal Heiman chose the position of the spectator looking at someone else’s photographs taken by someone else, in which someone else is photographed, which someone else collected. Heiman turns this quintessential position of spectator (in a museum, but not only) into her own, elaboration and giving it…

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┐ John Divola └

© John Divola, The Little Man, 1987-89 © John Divola, Rock Falling Through Water, View From The Bottom Of the Pond Looking Up, 1989 “This body of work is based on some personal observations about photographs. I am fascinated by the concept of the photograph as an impression from, or remnant of, that which it…

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┐ Birgit Jürgenssen └

© Birgit Jürgenssen, Hausfrauen – Küchenschürze, 1975 © Birgit Jürgenssen, Hhne Titel, 1979 “Other artists of the feminist avant-garde, such as Hannah Wilke, Eleanor Antin and the abovementioned Martha Rosler went even further and were even more radical in their critique on the domestication of women within marriage. With the help of performance, video, installation…

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