Unseen Amsterdam 2018 presents a rich and varied programme for visitors to engage with contemporary photography. To give some insights ahead of the event this September, we’ll be using this feature to shed light on some of our most exciting programme elements.
This week in the spotlight is our vibrant speakers programme, the Living Room. Join us from Friday to Sunday at Unseen Amsterdam and listen to an engaging series of panel discussions, presentations and talks with artists, photography specialists and industry creatives from across the globe. Co-curated this year by Futures and Aperture, the Living Room aims to ignite fresh conversations on the most pressing themes in contemporary image-making.
Every day will be kickstarted by a series of talks curated by Futures, a new European photography platform that pools the resources and talent programmes of leading photography institutions. Futures has selected a range of emerging talents featured in the Futures Talent Pool to talk about their varied approaches to themes such as Shape and Memory. Aperture’s panel discussions follow, where leading artists, writers and photographers converse over a range of in-depth themes. Also don't miss Artists Talks, where both emerging and established artists shed light on their creative process; Premiere Presentations, the Unseen Dummy Award Ceremony and a Live Session by Expert Photobook Review.
Check out the full Living Room programme below and start planning your visit to Unseen Amsterdam 2018!
Friday 21 September
Futures presents: Shape
Start your day with a presentation by emerging artists from Europe’s newest photography platform, Futures. With practices that combine installation and spatial design to create multi-sensory experiences, three of the featured Futures artists elaborate on developing new approaches as their works expand within the exhibition space.
Raphaëlle Stopin (Photography Art Director, Hyères Festival) in conversation with Futures artists Anna Orłowska (PL), Maija Savolainen (FI) and Alexey Shlyk (BY).
Aperture presents: Elements of Style
Join leading photographers, writers and editors as they discuss the evolving language of fashion photography and how it can address complex questions of representation, from colonial legacies to queer histories, and other concerns beyond the sartorial.
Alistair O’Neill (Professor of Fashion History and Theory, Central Saint Martins) in conversation with Awol Erizku (visual artist), Chiara Nonino (Editor, Vogue Italia) and Lou Stoppard (writer, curator and broadcaster).
Each year, Unseen invites both young and established artists to shed light on their creative process. Hear from Eva O'Leary (US/IE), whose work reflects on identity and selfhood in modern times, Rafał Milach (PL), who explores the effects of government propaganda, and Simon Norfolk (NI), who uses photography to raise awareness of global climate change.
Unseen Dummy Book Award Ceremony
Join our celebratory announcement of the 2018 Unseen Dummy Award winner, preceded by a discussion with the jury members regarding the selection process, and find out which of the nominated photobook dummies will be published by Lecturis in spring 2019.
Saturday 22 September
Futures presents: Change
Start your day with a presentation by emerging artists from Europe’s newest photography platform, Futures. Three featured artists retell the journeys they’ve undertaken to shed light on marginalised communities and raise awareness on a variety of cultural issues.
Ángel Luis González (Founder and Director, PhotoIreland Foundation) in conversation with Futures artists Raúl Moreno (ES), Lena Dobrowolska (PL) & Teo Ormond (UK) and Yana Wernicke (DE).
Aperture presents: Film & Photo
Since the early twentieth century, photography and the moving image have had an intimate and intertwined history as filmmakers and photographers drew inspiration from one another. Witness a conversation between artists that utilise both mediums, as they delve into the symbiotic relationship between the two most influential mediums of contemporary art.
David Campany (writer, curator and artist) in conversation with Wendy McMurdo (visual artist) and Paulien Oltheten (visual artist).
Each year, Unseen invites both young and established artists to shed light on their creative process. Hear from Sean McFarland (US), whose work deals with contemporary and historical perceptions of the landscape, Elina Brotherus (FI), who blurs the line between performance and photography, and Arko Datto (IN), who questions the role of the photographer in the digital age.
16.00 - 17.00
Every year, Unseen Amsterdam exhibits a number of Premieres seen in the flesh for the first time. Join us for a discussion with a selection of artists who will elaborate on their latest projects.
Pavel Kovalski (Coordinator, Unseen Living Room) moderates a panel discussion with six premiering artists in three sittings.
Sunday 23 September
Futures presents: Memory
Start your day with a presentation by emerging artists from Europe’s newest photography platform, Futures. Three selected artists delve deeper into the archive, reflecting on notions of memory as they share their disparate processes of combining archival material with personal narratives.
Ingrid Leonard (Assistant Curator, Fotomuseum Antwerp) in conversation with Futures artists Maria Baoli (ES), Umberto Coa (IT) and Rie Yamada (JP/DE).
Aperture presents: Pictures in Print
How does magazine design help create a meaningful conversation around images? How do art directors and editors create compelling contexts for photography? These questions form the starting point for this discussion on contemporary magazine design and photography.
Michael Famighetti (Editor, Aperture Magazine) in conversation with Paul Gorman (writer), Veronica Ditting (creative director) and Salvatore Vitale (Editor, YET Magazine).
Each year, Unseen invites both young and established artists to shed light on their creative process. Hear from Rasha Kahil (LB), whose work reflects on contemporary issues of social identity, Pixy Liao (CN), who explores gender norms in different contexts, and Benyamin Reich (IL), who looks at queer culture and the homo-erotic roots of Judaism.
Live Session by Expert Photobook Review
Since 2015, St.Petersburg based collective Expert Photobook Review has invited experts from beyond the photography industry to analyse photobooks in a video review format. During a special live event, three experts will review the newest books launched at Unseen Book Market. Reviewed books include: Today, too, I experienced something I hope to understand in a few days (Fw:Books) by Sanne van den Elzen, Malleus Maleficarum (Meta/Books) by Virginie Rebetez and The Migrant by Anais Lopez (self-published).
Moderated by Jana Romanova (Co-Founder, Expert Photobook Review).
Image: Living Room, Unseen Amsterdam, 2017 © Almicheal Fraay