Exhibitors Singles 2019
Exhibitors 2018 Fake|Truth
Photography has long been perceived as one of the most truthful mediums but has always been questioned. Images have the power to change the perception of the masses and alter history. Where a photojournalist attempts to impact the crowd with a “truthful” image, the conceptual artist might do the same with manipulated imagery. With the use of many types of photography, Rotterdam Photo seeks the line between real and fabricated with the theme Fake | Truth. We explore how truthful an image actually can be and how fabricated and altered images might actually be a gateway to a new truth.
This is the selection of exhibitors who showed their work at Rotterdam Photo 2018.
"Love, Blood and Rhetoric”
Andrey Kezzyn is a Russian fine art photographer based in Berlin, Germany. His figurative works are all staged detail-orientated single-frame shots – a very rare combination in today’s photographic scene due to its long, difficult and expensive process of production
Everything is first understood from the physical; can we see behind this physical world and discover a new dimension? As a photographer, Esther Hemmer is searching for the interphase between the visible and non-visible things in life.
"Things in a Chamber"
For ‘Things in a chamber’ Tuncer created CGI’s (computer generated images). These ‘naturmort’ images are re-created based on previously taken photographs in the artist’s studio.
Sivar was born as a girl in 2008 with the name Silje. He grew up with an older brother and sister in a small village in the north of Holland. Since getting the diagnosis of gender dysphoria, Sivar is living as a boy with the name his parents would have given him if he had genetically been a boy at birth.
The title ‘To Wonder’ refers to how perception changes and possibly affects our way of thinking about what we think we see and what we actually see. The series ‘To Wonder’ explores what is in between; it is a visual tour of the limits of the known universe, views of the surface of distant planets and the similarity of materials found in nature, such as marble, sand and stones.
"What is a Photo?"
Iris Janssen has recently concentrated her artistic research around the question ‘What is a photograph?’. Does a photo have to be made with a camera? Can we use clay and rain to make a photo? Does it have to be fixed or can it be an ever-changing image? Can it be a drawing? The way Janssen creates her work can be seen as a counter reaction to the current digital age.
"My Gun/My safety"
For us, Dutch people, it is normal that guns are not a part of our daily life. Gun violence is rare compared to other countries. Our reality is that this country is safer by not owning guns. The relationship between not owning firearms and increased safety does not hold when asking gun owners in the United States. Their truth differs from ours and is deeply rooted within their history.
For the first time open to the public: Naked Rotterdam will be exhibiting a large part of its series of photos. In searching for the truth, Naked Rotterdam literally strips the people of Rotterdam and exposes their bare and vulnerable self.
"Occupy Wall Street"
Matthew Septimus visited the encampment from the movement Occupy Wall Street back in 2008 at Zuccotti Park where he was completely caught up in the spirit of change. He returned daily with his camera and photographed as many people and signs as possible. His contribution would be to document a segment of America that still believed in Hope and Change. Their message is even more vital today.
According to computers this is supposedly one of the busiest places in the world: Null Island, in the south of the Atlantic, 0°N 0°E, where the equator crosses the prime meridian. But it couldn’t be further from the truth. When zooming in with Google Maps, there is no land to be seen. And yet, here lies a theoretical place, caused by the misinterpretation of digital data. During Rotterdam Photo 2018, Polly’s Picture Show presents an installation with Null Island as its theme.
John Middelkoop, Mike Harris, Minco den Heyer, Sas Schilten, Yuri van Geenen (NLD)
Most of the time things are not what they seem. Sometimes however they are. On a philosophical level a photograph always is what it seems to be: a piece of paper depicting a lie. Fake as fake can be. Still some photographs contain more of the truth than do others. The five photographers that make up Social Animals Collective (SAC) have challenged themselves to explore their truthfulness. A playful attempt to find the boundary between Truth and Fake, and make the visitor of Rotterdam Photo look twice. And thus not one, but two containers for five photographers. One to contain Truth, and one to contain Fake. It will be left to the spectator to decide for himself which is which.
Through the use of abstract and Macro photography, Steph Bourazanis has captured the essence of bringing her imagination to life; creating and expressing an unknown universe shown within her imagination. Bourazanis has transformed and redefined foreign objects such as food that has had a negative effect on her throughout her life.
"How to Sit for the Camera"
The series ‘How to sit for the camera’ showcases photographs taken by Shruti Chamaria during visits to some of the oldest and most characteristic photo studios in Mumbai and Bengaluru, India. These interior setups of individual studios emphasize the eternal, most fundamental issues about truth and performance related to photographing people. At the same time, they provide a fascinating glimpse into individual fantasies and popular tastes, highlighting recent social, technological, economic and cultural transformations in metropolitan India.
Since photography’s inception, its tools have been endlessly improvised, iterated and improved. Beyond defining the limits of the medium, they alter what we believe to be true. This exhibit consists of three photographers’ particular uses of cameras to examine how these apparatuses can affect our notions of what is and what isn’t so.
To look at the work of Ulrike Biets is to enter a very personal yet alienated world. Through her work, Ulrike Biets investigates the concepts of “truth” and “reality”. She plays with the Kantian idea of an unknowable “noumenal world” and applies photography to reinforce the postmodern thoughts of relativism and subjectivism.
"The Tragic Lightness of Being Beautifully Mortal"
In Elisabeth Schelvis’ work, we see mortality combined with a touch of down-to-earth humor. Sometimes raw and confrontational, but always with aesthetic appeal.
CBK Rotterdam presents work by Annette Kissling, Sandim Mendes and Naomi Modde. These three artists all have strong links with Rotterdam. Through exhibitions, local and international public art, arts projects, commissions, initiatives and investment schemes, CBK brings together the visual arts, the city, artists and the public.
The Siena International Photo Awards is one of the largest photography competitions in the world for professional, amateur and student photographers on a global scale. The winning images are selected from among approximately 50,000 entries received from more than 150 countries around the globe. At Rotterdam Photo The Siena International Photo Awards shows a selection of the winning images.
The father (1923 - 2015) of photographer Erik van Cuyk was in Indonesia between 1946 and 1949 during the so-called “politionele acties” (Dutch for “police actions”). He was a ‘volunteer-soldier’. He did not want to be reminded of this period later in life. According to my brothers, he was traumatized. ‘Bronbeek’ (the Royal Home for KNIL military veterans in Arnhem) is a documentary series of portraits about veterans.
"Prism" - An Exhibition of Contemporary Guatemalan Photography
In this exhibition, we will find the manifestation of a new movement, a new generation of artists with a camera in Guatemala. The plot that is woven through PRISMA is an analogy about a phenomenon of light, the manifestation of energy as an image that is projected, an image that is written light.
"Kara Tepe & Private Eyes"
The work of Maartje Brockbernd focuses on social issues. ‘Kara Tepe’ takes you to daily life in a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, where many people have been waiting for over a year before they can leave and start their new life. ‘Private Eyes’ shows intimate portraits of people with eye problems, who are not ashamed of this and dare to be vulnerable.
"Reality and Beyond"
There is no unambiguous reality that can be captured with a camera; the individual vision of a maker is always present in the image, his or her truth. At Rotterdam Photo the collective from id Photographers shows a mix of portrait, documentary, digital photomontage and autonomous photography, all with a personal vision on the theme FAKE | TRUTH.
The foundation of X4’s collective started during their studies at the Photo Academy. The conformity within the group is their personal approach to the world around them. Although the motive to create comes from an equal need, group members have their own interests and style. Daniëlle Celie’s specialization is the history of the whaling industry of the 17th century. Nature is also a source of inspiration for Tubien van Wulften. She is concerned about the way people treat nature. Birgit Matschullat tries to grasp difficulties in present life and sometimes has nostalgic dreams. Iris Mechielsen is driven by the search for a ‘true’ way of living.
"After All I Still Want a Fox"
Reflecting on the behavior of her society as well as her own, visual artist Robin Butter frequently asks herself; what does this say about our society now? Her practice involves extensive research and working on long term projects, spending most of the time in the realm of cultural phenomenons. The images of ‘After all i still want a fox’ started out as a personal collection from Butter, taken from international online marketplaces. During her years at the art academy she spent my free time looking for new taxidermy to add to my collection. Sellers would pose the mounted animals back in nature for the photograph. Creating the illusion for the buyer to actually buy ‘a piece of nature’.
In Alexandra Striapunina photography, she creates her own world with her own rules. the invented world reveal the true fillings hidden inside of us. In the imagined world, she is asking the viewer important questions: what is the fear, what is loneliness, what is the essence of life? How to see the truth in the world full of false?
"Panchatattva – The Five Elements"
‘Panchatattva- The Five Elements’ is a body of work photographed and exhibited under the Photosphere Grant Award from Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi curated by Dr Alka Pande. This work looks at environment, sustainability and ecology through the lens of Ancient Indian Sciences which speak of the 5 elements; - Earth, Wind, Water, Air, Fire and Ether as the crux of materiality.
LensCulture is a global community of photographers, artists and photo industry professionals. Every year they organize several photo competitions to discover new talents from around the world in addition to new work from established photographers. At Rotterdam Photo 2018, we showcase video projections of our partner LensCulture with recent LensCulture award winners.
Raju Jasai, Meinke Klein, Kahlid Amakran, Lorena van Bunningen, Florian Braakman, Ossip van Duivenbode, Jeroen van Dam, Frits Gierstberg
Rotterdam Snapshots are mini documentaries, about photographers based in Rotterdam. In the second season, we follow wedding photographer Raju Jasai, photography duo Meinke Klein, portrait photographer Kahlid Amakran, Lorena van Bunningen who combines photography, film and sculpture, street photographer Florian Braakman, architectural photographer Ossip van Duivenbode, urban photographer Jeroen van Dam and the curator of Nederlands Fotomuseum Frits Gierstberg. Their work is very diverse, but they share a love for their hometown Rotterdam. At Rotterdam Photo, we present all the documentaries from Rotterdam Snapshots, season 2.
Thomas Wrede photographs abandoned cars in sandy valleys, railway tracks in steep canyons, houses on top of snowy mountains and hotels on large beaches. The landscapes are very real, but they can be closer to home than you might think. The photographer plays in an ingenious way with your macro- and micro-perception.
"Welcome to the Internet"
Behaving much like an infectious pandemic, the wonderful world of Internet memes is a worldwide social phenomenon, spreading from person to person through the Internet. For Fotofestival Schiedam the curatorial team has made a selection of this visual phenomenon illustrating public outrage or image-based protest, compiling them as an important part of our contemporary visual culture.
"Our Face: Asia"
Japanese photographer Ken Kitano has travelled throughout Asia visiting communities,
festivals, schools, offices, sporting events and religious places. He makes portraits of the
people in each particular group. Each final photograph is constructed by evenly printing
the portraits of the faces on top of each other. In this way expressions and age become
ambiguous. In this globalization age, the project attempts to capture the world as an accumulation of localities with different thoughts, cultures and customs.
"Fermé le Dimanche"
Have our shopping malls become our new temples? Has the religious cult been replaced by the cult of consumption? This fiction is not very remote from the frequent use of the religious symbol by the commercial. Our commercial culture sucks the lifeblood from our collective memory, emptying it of all it’s meaning, keeping only its shell. Does this all prove that our society has cut itself off from its history?
The Perth Centre for Photography (PCP) is one of Australia’s leading arts organizations solely dedicated to photography. They present an annual program of exhibitions of photo media art by emerging and established artists from Western Australia and beyond. In 2018 PCP is partner of Rotterdam Photo and with the work of Western Australian artist Lyle Branson they're presenting to an international audience for the first time. Lyle Branson uses the camera as a method for understanding landscape.
Four imagemakers from Delft; Elmar Dam, Peter Kemp, Michel Maat and Monique Roodenburg. Every photographer works in his own way and with his own themes, but what connects them is the element storytelling. Cafe Obscura presents this group expo and will connect imagemakers during one of the weekly recurring obscura live broadcasts on Friday. Getting to know imagemakers!
Daniel Gevaux (AUS)
In an age of photographers who almost exclusively produce photographs for the Internet, creating content for nothing but a double tap, Daniel Gevaux comes into his own. Merging his profound love for photography with the augmented reality of the online world of Google Maps, Gevaux’s latest series fuses the world we see with the hidden world that is overlaid on top of it, only visible through a monitor or smartphone.
This is the selection of photographers that will showcase their work in the outdoor exhibition Singles, that will be displayed alongside our curated exhibitions.
Maarten Verbaarschot – Arnhem
Cristopher Ghioldi - Nature Is the Gentlest Mother
Monique Baan - Napoli
Mark van Hattem - Three Men
Eliza Bordeaux - De Verstikking van het Paradepaard
Marloes Soer - Vegan Point of View