The work of Antigone Kourakou (b. 1979, Greece) discreetly leads us to the threshold of a quite unanticipated, silent introspection. By stirring up deep-rooted images and moments, her photography prompts the viewer to fill in the blanks. These elliptical scenes and oblique personas define unresolved circumstances that ignite our imaginative faculties.
For Igor Pjörrt (b. 1996, Portugal), who developed a fascination for astronomy in his late teens, Betelgeuse – a red supergiant star in the Orion constellation that is nearing its death – serves as a metaphor for the fragility of a queer relationship. More specifically, he draws parallels between this dying star and the experience…
The works of Egor Fedosov (b. 2000, Russia), produced by using digital photography and post-processing techniques, are not just photography. His rather mysterious, high-contrast ‘rephotographs’ are reminiscent of the photocopied quality of ‘zines’ and are made according to such a printing concept.
Juergen Teller (b. 1964, Germany) and Nobuyoshi Araki (b.1940, Japan) can be both considered among the elite of contemporary photography. The latest collaboration between the two seminal photographers is ‘Leben und Tod’ (published by Steidl) where the authors reflect on life and death through their visual conversation.
Lin Zhipeng (b.1979), also known under the alias “223”, is a Chinese photographer and writer currently based in Beijing. In 2018, he did a commissioned work during a four-day stay at the Grand Amour Hotel in Paris. For his shoot, “223” had only two requirements: “All Asians. And older than 18!”
Mark McKnight (b. 1984, the USA) recently won the Light Work Photobook Award with his provocative monograph ‘Heaven is a Prison’, in which he explores queer intimacy in the rough terrain of Southern California’s high desert.