Lana Mesić: untold stories

Thinking about photography inevitably makes us wonder what is consider truthful. Fiction is not only part of art (and truth); it is perhaps the privileged space of art, in which it reveals itself as an autonomous entity, apart from what we commonly understand as “real life.” However, if art creates new possibilities, photography fights a very…

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┐ Adad Hannah └

© Adad Hannah, Safari #2, from the project Safari, 2011 “Safari is a collaboration between film director Denys Arcand and artist Adad Hannah produced for the exhibition Big Bang, which celebrates the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ 150th Anniversary and the opening of a new pavilion. The set for Safari is the Safari Seating Environment…

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┐ Xaviera Simmons └

© Xaviera Simmons, One Day and Back Then, 2007 © Xaviera Simmons, Landscape (2 Women), 2007 © Xaviera Simmons, If We Believe In Theory, 2009 “Simmons, as an artist, doubles down. She captures the fiction/truth dialectic as well as anyone, disarticulating assumptions about the quietly composed and staged images she makes. She’s a Brecht of…

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┐ Zlatko Kopljar └

© Zlatko Kopljar, from the series K11, 2007 © Zlatko Kopljar, from the series K11, 2007 Although Zlatko is known for his performances (his k9 compassion series leading the show), I hereby present two photographs from a series intended to dignify his fellow colleagues and artists who never aimed to be apart of the mainstream,…

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┐ Chen Wei └

© Chen Wei, Broken Aquarium, from the series Everyday, Scenery and Props, 2009 © Chen Wei, Idol behind the curtains, from the series Everyday, Scenery and Props, 2009 “The photography/installation works of 31-year old artist Chen Wei illustrate an intricate imagination fascinated with the eccentric and fanciful pursuits of early science, mathematics, alchemy, philosophers and…

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┐ Tim Roda └

© Tim Roda, Untitled #24, 2004 © Tim Roda, Untitled #138, 2007 “I started using photography, not for the love of the technical aspects of the medium, but because of its properties, both abstract and physical. It is the only medium I can use to best depict my vision of life, art and time. Although…

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┐ Raquel Mendes └

© Raquel Mendes, Untitled, 2006 © Raquel Mendes, Still Life I, 2007 How often do we speak of nakedness as if it were a kind of truth, the naked truth? “Why do those who abandon clothes to pursue their leisure and recreation call themselves naturists? Are nakedness, nature and truth inseparable? Stripping naked, Georges Bataille…

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║ Deborah Paauwe ║

© Deborah Paauwe, Broken Melody, from the series The Crying Room, 2006 © Deborah Paauwe, Crimson Autograph, from the series Double Dutch, 2002 “Deborah Paauwe’s imagery circulates between art photography and erotica as the artist seduces and assaults the gaze. Paauwe engages with a labyrinthine gaze that Lacan charts as a map full of traps…

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║ Annabel Elgar ║

© Annabel Elgar, Torch, 2006   © Annabel Elgar, Legion, 2006   © Annabel Elgar, Prey, from the series Black Flag, 2004 “Annabel Elgar’s photographic works map out a borderland of fragile enclaves and lost directions. Staged encounters, with heightened foregrounds and a voyeur’s intimacy, are swiftly usurped by the notion that as fiction they…

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║ Gregory Crewdson ║

© Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, from the series Beneath the Roses, 2004 “Crewdson’s latest project falls into the tradition of classic American genres that explore the conflation of theater and everyday life. His tableaux, in their fine detail and focus on the perplexing psychology of vernacular America, evoke the paintings of Edward Hopper and the photographs…

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║ Alex Prager ║

© Alex Prager, Greed, from The book of Disquiet   © Alex Prager, Envy, from The book of Disquiet “Prager photographs her female subjects in a style unashamedly reminiscent of the great mid 20th Century film directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Douglas Sirk. Within the naivety of her compositions and colour palette there is…

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║ Jeff Bark ║

© Jeff Bark, Untitled #4, from the series Woodpecker, 2007 © Jeff Bark, Untitled #13, from the series Abandon, 2006   © Jeff Bark, Untitled #9, from the series Still Life “Like Ingres’ La Grand Odalisque or Oedipus Explains the Riddle of the Sphinx, Bark infuses layer upon layer of information for the viewer to…

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║ Izima Kaoru ║

© Izima Kaoru, Igawa Haruka wears Dolce Gabbana, 2003 © Izima Kaoru, Tanja de Jaeger wears Christian Dior, 2002 “Poetic yet disturbing, bloody yet seductive. Since 1993 the Japanese photographer Izima Kaoru has been creating scenes of sophisticated violence and enchanting horror. Landscapes with a Corpse is the title of his project. He invited actresses…

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║ Joy Christiansen ║

© Joy Christiansen, Sunday School, from the series Remembered, 2006 © Joy Christiansen, The Unexpected Departure, from the series Remembered, 2008 “The inspiration for this series came from the interviews I conducted during another project, titled Family Gathering. While collecting information for Family Gathering, I interviewed adults who recalled their experiences with eating disorders. In…

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║ Toni Pepe ║

© Toni Pepe, Untitled, from the series Angle of Repose, 2007   © Toni Pepe, Untitled, from the series Angle of Repose, 2007 “Absence and presence is a recurring theme within this series, implying that each image works to reference something beyond the frame. Photography best portrays this thematic approach since by nature; photographs possess…

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║ Sarah Sudhoff ║

© Sarah Sudhoff, Clean 2, from the series Repository © Sarah Sudhoff, Fallopian Tube, from the series Repository © Sarah Sudhoff, Exploratory Surgery, from the series Repository “I examine the body within a medical context by exploring through photography, video and performance four main themes: pathological waste; containment of the body and its parts; fragmentation…

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║ Kanako Sasaki ║

© Kanako Sasaki, Outcast, from the series Wanderlust, 2003-04 © Kanako Sasaki, leva, Riga, Latvia from the series The World of Groping, 2006 “Kanako Sasaki’s photographs are largely self-portraits. Not only does she pose in her pictures, but the works are also inspired directly from her own childhood memories and imagination. Sasaki’s photos capture the…

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║ Aino Kannisto ║

© Aino Kannisto, Untitled (Trashbin), 1999   © Aino Kannisto, Untitled (White Apron), 1999   “I make constructed pictures. I build fictional scenes which I record with the camera. I myself play the individuals in my pictures. However, my pictures are not self-portraits in the traditional sense. The person in the picture is a fictional…

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║ Keren Assaf ║

© Karen Assaf, Untitled (42), 2007   © Karen Assaf, Untitled (40), 2007   “Keren Assaf is showing color prints of different sizes. She is trying to define in her works the “Israeli”, an utopian model deeply connected to the place, memories and identity. Assaf’s work relates to the family album, a central narrative in…

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║ Edouard Levé ║

© Edouard Levé, La Blessure, from the series Transferts, 2004   © Edouard Levé, La Dette, from the series Transferts, 2004   “Pas de « remake », toutefois, au sens où le pratique Jeff Wall. Ni même d’interrogation critique des fondements de notre culture sur un mode postmoderniste, à la manière d’une Karen Knorr :…

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║ Caitlin Atkinson ║

© Caitlin Atkinson, Chapter 22, August, 2004 © Caitlin Atkinson, Chapter 14, August, 2005 “A few nights ago, I locked myself out of my apartment for the third time this year. While I sat trying to decide what to do, I was overwhelmed with the thought that my life seems composed of one mistake after…

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║ Tracey Baran ║

© Tracey Baran, Run, 2006   © Tracey Baran, Suck and Blow, 2002   “For the last ten years Tracey Baran has focused her camera on herself and her close circle of family and friends who live in Bath, a small town in upstate New York. The result is a visual journal of intimate portraits…

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║ Oskar Schmidt ║

© Oskar Schmidt, Self with Mirror, 2006 © Oskar Schmidt, Girl with Book, 2005   “A young girl in a short summer dress is kneeling on the bare floor, consumed in a book. Every fibre of the body appears tensed. The pose is somewhat artificial in distinct contrast to the otherwise relaxed pastime of reading.…

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