Editorial

Journal of Grievances Vol. 3: Fool’s Paradise

Journal of Grievances Vol. 3: Fool’s Paradise

By Linda Zhengová

The notion of collaboration seems to be defining the new era of pandemic-created works. Or perhaps to be more precise – collaboration on distance which results in unique artistic expressions and creative projects. One example of a one-of-a-kind artistic outcome can be considered the third volume of the ‘Journal of Grievances’ – Fool’s Paradise. This…

GRÉGOIRE PUJADE-LAURAINE: DOUBLE ORBIT

GRÉGOIRE PUJADE-LAURAINE: DOUBLE ORBIT

By Sophie Beerens

For Double Orbit, Gregoire Pujade-Lauraine (1981, France) photographed buildings, from almost aggressively angular structures to curiously anthropomorphic, swirling concrete shapes. The strange architectural idiosyncrasies documented hide in plain sight on the peripheries of expansive Western metropolitan cities, in secret passageways and side streets, or under the shadow of acclaimed landmarks and grand architectural wonders. 

Cansu Yıldıran: The Dispossessed

Cansu Yıldıran: The Dispossessed

By Sophie Beerens

Deep in a valley of the Kusmer Highlands, in the Black Sea region of Turkey, lies the village and ancestral homeland of photographer Cansu Yıldıran: Çaykara. Tradition decrees that the women of this village may not own the homes or the land that they live in — that right belongs to men, exclusively. Yıldıran photographed…

Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph

Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph

By Linda Zhengová

Ming Smith is the first African American female photographer whose work has been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Her poetic gaze and experimental photography, reflective of the 20th century African American experience, has now been composed into a large retrospective monograph published by Aperture and Documentary Arts. Covering four…

Isabelle Wenzel – Body Movin’

Isabelle Wenzel – Body Movin’

GUP Team

“Let your backbone flip but don’t slip a disc, let your spine unwind, just take a risk.” This excerpt from the Beastie Boys song Body Movin’ very much applies to the artistic work of Isabelle Wenzel (b. 1982, Germany), whose career is defined by an extensive, and remarkably consistent, series of unusual, distorted poses in…

John Divola: Terminus

John Divola: Terminus

By Sophie Beerens

Some eighty miles from Los Angeles, California, at the southwestern edge of the arid and perpetually sunny Mojave Desert, lays the abandoned remnants of George Air Force Base. In 2015, this base gained a new occupant, in the form of renowned visual artist John Divola.

Joana Choumali: Ça Va Aller

Joana Choumali: Ça Va Aller

GUP team

Joana Choumali (b. 1974, Ivory Coast) expresses her artistic vision through photography and mixed media, touching on issues of identity and notions of beauty in relation to the body. Much of her practice focuses on Africa and derives from her own experience as a black African woman. The common denominator in Choumali’s work is a…

AL J THOMPSON: REMNANTS OF AN EXODUS

AL J THOMPSON: REMNANTS OF AN EXODUS

By Sophie Beerens

Al J Thompson's Remnants of an Exodus is a project that could never have arisen from the photographer-as-tourist, or the photographer-as-investigative journalist — that much can be felt within the powerful emotion that resonates in his images. The affection and earnest intimacy, evidenced for the people and places of his former home, can only necessarily…

Diana Markosian: Santa Barbara

Diana Markosian: Santa Barbara

By Linda Zhengová

Santa Barbara is the debut monograph by Diana Markosian (b.1989, Russia), recreating the story of her family’s journey from post- Soviet Russia to the U.S. in the 1990s. The project pulls together staged scenes, film stills, and family pictures in an innovative and compelling hybrid of personal and documentary storytelling. Weaving together re-enactments by actors,…

Interpretation Under Arrest: Visualisations of Detention

Interpretation Under Arrest: Visualisations of Detention

Erik Vroons

What is the status of the photograph in the context of imprisonment? Can a dossier of collected files and documents help us arrive at the essence of incarceration when questions of visibility, ethics and aesthetics intersect? Two recent publications touch on this dilemma in seemingly opposite ways. One is related to the bureaucracy of an…

Thomas Vandenberghe: In the time before us, there was a time before us

Thomas Vandenberghe: In the time before us, there was a time before us

By Sophie Beerens

The works of Belgian photographer Thomas Vandenberghe (1985) can come across as vaguely familiar – like a whistled melody one can't quite place. These images indeed arrive from a place of familiarity, being the mementos we may have once held in our hands, or kept safe and treasured in a box. Tattered and ripped, they…

Camillo Pasquarelli: Monsoons Never Cross the Mountains

Camillo Pasquarelli: Monsoons Never Cross the Mountains

By Linda Zhengová

In the past five years, Camillo Pasquarelli (b.1988, Italy) has been intensively working in the valley of Kashmir, a disputed region between India and Pakistan since 1947 and currently one of the most militarized zones on the planet.  ‘Monsoons Never Cross the Mountains’ is now published as a photobook that, alongside showcasing the portrayal of…

VINCENT DELBROUCK – CHAMPÚ

VINCENT DELBROUCK – CHAMPÚ

GUP team

Vincent Delbrouck (b. 1975, Belgium), also known as “V.D.”, spent of a lot of time in Havana as a photographer at the end of the 1990s. Then he left Cuba for years. When he returned, in 2014, he didn’t want to make a documentary about the people of Cuba, but to discover a new light…

Riccardo Dogana: Panopticon

Riccardo Dogana: Panopticon

By Sophie Beerens

Riccardo Dogana's latest work, Panopticon, is unified in its source: the inexhaustible database that is Youtube. Through a highly personal selection process, Dogana photographed fragments from uploaded videos, often exploiting motion blur, or the graininess reminiscent of surveillance-camera footage, to create images purposefully ambiguous in nature — appropriated images redesigned to confuse the viewer, and perhaps…

Yurian Quintanas Nobel: Dream Moons

Yurian Quintanas Nobel: Dream Moons

By Linda Zhengová

With ‘Dream Moons’, Yurian Quintanas Nobel gives a sneak-peak into the confines of his home. Not in a mundane but in a rather uncanny and surreal manner. Nobel already began his project back in 2015 when he started to explore the diverse possibilities of photography. In Nobel’s world, everything is strange and unstable.

Cecilia Sordi Campos: Tem Bigato Nessa Goiaba

Cecilia Sordi Campos: Tem Bigato Nessa Goiaba

GUP Team

In this project, Brazilian-born, Melbourne-based photographic artist Cecilia Sordi Campos (b. 1989) considers the parallels between her migration to Australia and her separation from her partner of ten years, and how this has impacted the life she’s living. Tem Bigato Nessa Goiaba is her artistic exploration of emotional transition after the end of a marriage,…

Diego Moreno: Malign Influences

Diego Moreno: Malign Influences

By Linda Zhengová

Diego Moreno’s (b. 1992, Mexico) imagery dives deep into his psyche to reflect on the heavy presence of the Catholic church in Mexico and his subsequent struggle of expressing his sexuality. In the project ‘Malign Influences’, he graphically intervenes his family archive through the use of coloured pencils, graphite, Chinese ink, markers or materials such…

Efrem Zelony-Mindell: Primal Sight

Efrem Zelony-Mindell: Primal Sight

By Linda Zhengová

After the establishment of colour photography, black-and-white has become a choice, an intention. Exploring this intriguing aspect of the medium, Efrem Zelony-Mindell brings together 146 international artists and curates their work into an almost two-hundred pages volume called Primal Sight. All the selected artists have one thing in common—in one way or another, they shape…

Nicola Lo Calzo: Binidittu

Nicola Lo Calzo: Binidittu

By Sophie Beerens

San Benedetto, Benedict of Palermo, São Benedito, Binidittu — the man, born Benedetto Manasseri to enslaved Africans in Sicily in 1524, is known by many names, and as a unique figure of defiance and self-determination…  Binidittu, by Nicola Lo Calzo (b. 1979, Italy), is an intricate series that examines the condition of contemporary African migrants…

Silvia de Giorgi: Landscapes Pieces / Liquid Landscapes

Silvia de Giorgi: Landscapes Pieces / Liquid Landscapes

GUP team

By experimenting with alternative photographic processes as well as using drawing and on-site rock rubbings, Silvia De Giorgi (b. 1992, Italy) aims to reveal experiential knowledge of the natural environment that encompasses both its physical and social past. She is drawn to sites where the land is marked by traces of elemental forces (such as…

Prin Rodriguez – Los Hijos de Pariacaca

Prin Rodriguez – Los Hijos de Pariacaca

GUP Team

Pariacaca is the name of an “apu”, a divinity embodied in a mountain in the Peruvian Andes, located between Lima and Junin. The importance of Pariacaca in Andean spirituality predates the process of Spanish colonisation in the 16th century, when local religions and belief systems were wiped out. Stories and myths about Pariacaca were collected…

Gerardo Vizmanos: Searching for Utopia

Gerardo Vizmanos: Searching for Utopia

BY SOPHIE BEERENS

For photographer Gerardo Vizmanos, searching for utopia has never been about utopia itself – never a quest to make tangible a concept that so escapes physicality, nor one to define ideal states of being. Instead, Vizmanos utilizes the pursuit of utopia — that is, a study of the conscious act itself, which necessarily implicates a…

Erik Kessels & Thomas Sauvin: TALK SOON

Erik Kessels & Thomas Sauvin: TALK SOON

By Linda Zhengová

In times of all the COVID-19 related dread, we are also witnessing a new wave of creative initiatives. Particularly, a wave of collaborations between artists is emerging all over the world (such as stayathome.photography and Tomaso Clavarino & Patrizio Anastasi’s book, which we recently featured). In line with this trend, we hereby review a recently…

Path To ‘Glory’ – Justine Tjallinks On Her Work in Progress

Path To ‘Glory’ – Justine Tjallinks On Her Work in Progress

by Erik Vroons

Justine Tjallinks (b. 1984, The Netherlands) is a self-taught photographer who began her career as an art director, working with several leading fashion titles. Since 2014, she has applied her talents to the realm of art portrait photography, specialising in capturing the uniqueness of individuals and the diversity of human beauty. Even though a sense…

SÉBASTIEN CUVELIER: PARADISE CITY

SÉBASTIEN CUVELIER: PARADISE CITY

By Sophie Beerens

Sebastien Cuvelier’s Paradise City is a project born out of discovery — the discovery of a manuscript containing journal entries and photographs belonging to his late uncle, created during a trip to Persepolis, Iran, almost half a century ago. This leads Cuvelier into embarking on a quest of his own, re-tracing his uncle’s steps in…

Tomaso Clavarino & Patrizio Anastasi: Ballad of Woods and Wounds

Tomaso Clavarino & Patrizio Anastasi: Ballad of Woods and Wounds

By Linda Zhengová

‘Ballad of Woods and Wounds’, a collaborative effort by Tomaso Clavarino and Patrizio Anastasi, raises awareness of the situation around the Monferrato and Roero Woods that besiege the commune of Cocconato d’Asti in northern Italy – a region located just a few miles away from one of the most COVID-19 affected areas in the country.…

Ângela Berlinde: TRANSA: Ballads of the last sun

Ângela Berlinde: TRANSA: Ballads of the last sun

By Linda Zhengová

‘TRANSA: ballads of the last sun’, a book by Ângela Berlinde, reflects on the rapid destruction of the Amazonian rainforest. It contains, and is inspired by, numerous indigenous myths and tales, such as that of Iracema (“the virgin of the honey lips” in José de Alencar’s 1865 novel). In Alencar’s legend, Iracema is an indigenous…

Marta Bogdańska: SHIFTERS

Marta Bogdańska: SHIFTERS

by Patrycja Rozwora

For her ongoing project SHIFTERS, Marta Bogdańska (b. 19??) – a visual artist, photographer, filmmaker and cultural manager based in Poland – took on a challenge: presenting a history of the world, from the perspective of animals.

LEONARD SURYAJAYA: FALSE IDOL

LEONARD SURYAJAYA: FALSE IDOL

by Linda Zhengová

Leonard Suryajaya (b. 1988), a Chinese-Indonesian artist living in Chicago, had to face the American authorities and their cynical questioning regarding his immigration. His project False Idol reflects the process surrounding the course of his Green Card application – a rather estranging experience.

Archiwum Protestów Publicznych (Archive of Public Protests)

Archiwum Protestów Publicznych (Archive of Public Protests)

By Patrycja Rozwora

The Archive of Public Protests is a collection of photographs documenting visual traces of social activism and grassroots initiatives in Poland, opposing unjust political decisions and, most importantly, helping to underscore breaches of democratic norms and human rights – an unfortunate and dangerous sign of our times.

MISHA VALLEJO: SECRET SARAYAKU

MISHA VALLEJO: SECRET SARAYAKU

BY PATRYCJA ROZWORA

Misha Vallejo (b. 1985, Ecuador) has been working on a long-term project which takes a lyrical and kaleidoscopic framework and avoids ethnographic clichés to delicately document how traditional lifestyles and beliefs deal with modernity. In conversation with GUP Magazine, he elaborates on Sarayaku, a community of Kichwa people living on the banks of the Bobonaza…

JILLIAN FREYER – 42 WAYNE

JILLIAN FREYER – 42 WAYNE

GUP Team

Throughout her work, Jillian Freyer (b. 1989, US) uses female bodies to explore the experience of touch, and of emotional and physical endurance. Witnessed events and staged performances serve as a way to seek new intimacies between herself and her subjects. Physical sensations sourced from personal experience show up in subtle details that reveal exposed…

Sara Perovic: My Father’s Legs

Sara Perovic: My Father’s Legs

By Linda Zhengová

In ‘My Father’s Legs’, Sara Perovic (b.1984, Croatia) explores the role of the male figure in the adult relationships of women. In her book, she combines newly created images of her partner’s legs with archival photographs of her father, a tennis teacher posing in specific textbook positions. Perovic reveals that her father’s strong love for…

We’re In It, Together – Soft Borders vs Hard Realities

We’re In It, Together – Soft Borders vs Hard Realities

Erik Vroons

Valerio Vincenzo (b. 1973, Italy) photographed landscapes along the borders between European countries at peace (including the non-Schengen states). Before, between 2007 and 2016, he already covered the Schengen area, which amounts to 16.500 kilometres. These frontiers – made manifest by an electric fence, a river, a milestone and so on – signify a division…

Carolyn Drake: Knit Club

Carolyn Drake: Knit Club

By Linda Zhengová

Carolyn Drake (b.1971, the USA) is a Magnum photographer who generally works on long-term photo projects that tend to re-examine dominant historical narratives in a creative way. Her approach to the medium of photography is defined by collaboration where the binaries of the author and subject, the real and fictional are interrogated. Drake’s latest project…

New Queer Photography: Edited by Benjamin Wolbergs

New Queer Photography: Edited by Benjamin Wolbergs

By Linda Zhengová

‘New Queer Photography’, edited by Berlin-based art-director Benjamin Wolbergs, contains exquisite sampled concerned with the latest developments of queer art expression by way of photography – confronting our heteronormative gaze and most commonly, the artists reflect on a desire for self-presentation while putting socio-cultural values and taboos to test.

Gui Christ: Fissura

Gui Christ: Fissura

By Linda Zhengová

Initially successful in advertisement and commercial photography, Gui Christ (b. 1980, Brazil) later decided to pursue a career as a documentary photographer. Since 2015, he focuses mainly on pressing social issues in Brazil and other regions in South America. He recently self-published a book, ‘Fissura’, by which he explores an infamous region of São Paulo…

Délio Jasse – J’ai le Devoir de Mémoire

Délio Jasse – J’ai le Devoir de Mémoire

GUP Team

Délio Jasse (b. 1980, Angola) is known for applying analogue techniques (painting, slide projection) to vernacular images (found passport photos, family albums) that reference the colonial history of Europe and deeply connect with diasporic issues. These appropriations and creative interferences support the “unfixing” of history, offering a fresh take on complex processes related to identity…

Euro Vision – Europe, An Imagined Destination

Euro Vision – Europe, An Imagined Destination

Erik Vroons

Between the 1960s and ’80s, the expansion of cheaper air travel sparked the holiday package boom to European “sun, sea and sangria” destinations such as Benidorm and Torremolinos. It was also a golden age of travel that began to place the delights of luxury hotspots on the French Riviera and Italy’s Amalfi Coast – previously…

Lucia Sekerková Bláhová – Vrăjitoare

Lucia Sekerková Bláhová – Vrăjitoare

GUP team

Lucia Sekerková Bláhová (b. 1991, Slovakia) photographed the “vrăjitoare”, or witches, of Romania’s Wallachian Roma community. She collaborated with ethnologist Ivana Šusterová, an expert in the everyday life and culture of the Roma community. Together, they documented how ancient traditions have transitioned into the modern world through savvy social media promotion and live-streamed rituals.

Diana Tamane: Flower Smuggler

Diana Tamane: Flower Smuggler

By Linda Zhengová

Diana Tamane (b. 1986, Latvia) is a visual artist working between Tartu, Estonia and Riga, Latvia. In her work, she primarily uses the medium of photography in addition to video, sound, text and archive.

Michal Chelbin – How To Dance The Walz

Michal Chelbin – How To Dance The Walz

GUP Team

Michal Chelbin (b. 1974, Israel) spent three years traveling around Ukraine, documenting life inside the country’s military boarding schools. Her pictures are populated by young boys dressed in immaculate regimental uniforms and official military attire, and young girls wearing lace-trimmed maid’s costumes and bridal dresses.

Momo Okabe: Ilmatar

Momo Okabe: Ilmatar

By Linda Zhengová

‘Ilmatar’ (published by Mandrake) is the first Japan-published book by Momo Okabe (b. 1981, Japan), centred around the birth of her daughter. Okabe is a trans and asexual woman who reflects on the mythical image of the modern ritual of childbirth that excludes sexual intercourse. Her use of colours and choice of subjects and objects…

VALERY POSHTAROV: THE MONK AND HIS FAITH

VALERY POSHTAROV: THE MONK AND HIS FAITH

GUP Team

Valery Poshtarov (b. 1986, Bulgaria) has created black and white portraits of monks* from different monasteries in Bulgaria. These portraits are presented as diptychs, with each priest juxtaposed with his rosary. Within the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, this string of beads is typically used to provide a physical method of keeping count of the number of…

Cemre Yeşil Gönenli: Hayal & Hakikat: A Handbook of Forgiveness & A Handbook of Punishment

Cemre Yeşil Gönenli: Hayal & Hakikat: A Handbook of Forgiveness & A Handbook of Punishment

By Linda Zhengová

Cemre Yeşil Gönenli (b.1987, Turkey) is an Istanbul-based photographer, artist and visual storyteller. In her recently published book Hayal & Hakikat (translating into Dream & Fact), Gönenli presents cropped images of prisoners’ hands found in the photo albums of Abdul Hamid II, the 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

ELENA HELFRECHT: PLEXUS

ELENA HELFRECHT: PLEXUS

GUP Team

The work of Elena Helfrecht (b. 1992, Germany) revolves around inner space and the phenomena of consciousness, emerging from an autobiographical context and expanding into the surreal and the fantastic – and even, at times, the grotesque. Helfrecht grew up in the Bavarian countryside, and the folklore and landscapes of her childhood are rooted in…

Gabriele Cecconi: TiàWùK

Gabriele Cecconi: TiàWùK

By Patrycja Rozwora

Gabriele Cecconi (b. 1985, Italy) is concerned with the socio-political and environmental issues of our time but also the relation between culture and power, specifically its representation in the visual arts. 

Vasantha Yogananthan: Afterlife

Vasantha Yogananthan: Afterlife

By Patrycja Rozwora

Over the course of seven years, Vasantha Yogananthan (b. 1985, France) travelled to various parts of India to develop his long-term project titled ‘A Myth of Two Souls’. The work draws inspiration from the Ramayana, one of the largest ancient epics in world literature.

Hortus by Lilia Luganskaia

Hortus by Lilia Luganskaia

Visual artist Lilia Luganskaia creates Hortus: a visual investigation of the language of plants 

Visual artist Lilia Luganskaia creates Hortus: a visual investigation of the language of plants

Final exhibition of Bird in Flight Prize 2020

Final exhibition of Bird in Flight Prize 2020

Alex Blanco

The international photography contest Bird in Flight Prize 2020 is ready to showcase its 10 short-listed photographers chosen by the international jury of curators, photographers, artists, and photo editors from the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, and Sweden.

The Aerial Sublime: Being In The World From A Distance

The Aerial Sublime: Being In The World From A Distance

Erik Vroons

Kacper Kowalksi (b. 1977, Poland) has been observing seemingly infinite landscapes from the sky for over 20 years now. Up in the air, when he’s flying in his gyrocopter and simultaneously photographing the world below, he doesn’t think much. He just acts, with an instinctive response to the awkwardly beautiful scapes beneath him.

Bart Koetsier: Parisian Wanderings

Bart Koetsier: Parisian Wanderings

by Erik Vroons

Bart Koetsier (b. 1975), a Dutch portrait and documentary photographer based in Paris, loves wandering the streets, to just go out for a stroll – or what in French could be described as a ‘dérive’: an unplanned journey through an urban landscape in which you’d drop your everyday relations to that environment and let yourself…

Tyler Mitchell: I Can Make You Feel Good

Tyler Mitchell: I Can Make You Feel Good

By Patrycja Rozwora

Tyler Mitchell (b. 1995, United States) works across various genres to explore and celebrate a new aesthetic of Blackness. Via Tumbler, Mitchell would often come across photographs of attractive young models, looking careless and free. He immediately felty inspired. However, he rarely saw such kind of images portraying Black people. Since then, his entire body…

Raymond Meeks: ciprian honey cathedral

Raymond Meeks: ciprian honey cathedral

By Patrycja Rozwora

Much of the work by American photographer Raymond Meeks (b. 1963) focuses on memory and place; the way in which a landscape can shape an individual and, in the abstract, how a place possesses you in its absence. In his new book, ‘ciprian honey cathedral’, Meeks captures the process of moving and relocating. In his…

Polar Night: A Visual Poem on an Arctic Town

Polar Night: A Visual Poem on an Arctic Town

Alex Blanco

A strong fascination with the paradox of light and darkness prompted San Francisco-based Mark Mahaney (b. 1979, United States) to make a personal journey to Utqiagvik. With Polar Night, the photographic result of this Nordic quest, he reports on endurance, isolation and survival. As he witnessed, the unnatural lights that flare in the sun’s absence…

Reinout van den Bergh: Eboundja

Reinout van den Bergh: Eboundja

By Patrycja Rozwora

Reinout van den Bergh (b. 1957, The Netherlands) went back and forth to Cameroon for several extended trips between 2011 and 2017, attempting to document the changing reality of one specific village in this West African country: Eboundja.

Ulrich Lebeuf: Khaos

Ulrich Lebeuf: Khaos

GUP Team

Ulrich Lebeuf (b. 1972, France) has covered every ‘act’ of the Gilets Jaunes protests since November 2018 – as a photojournalist. With KHAOS, he approaches this period of unprecedented social struggle with a renewed eye; far removed from more conventional ways of visualising news stories, from the formal and information-led constraints of editorial assignments. This…

Elsa Leydier: Transatlántica

Elsa Leydier: Transatlántica

by Patrycja Rozwora

In 2015, the French artist Elsa Leydier (b. 1988) moved to Rio de Janeiro Brazil) and started exploring Brazilian and other South American societies. Through her work, the artist invites the audience to question the dominant ways in which photography is exploited to represent the image of the territory and its supposed natural environment.

Antigone Kourakou: Episodes

Antigone Kourakou: Episodes

GUP Team

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.

Lu Yufan: Make Me Beautiful

Lu Yufan: Make Me Beautiful

By Linda Zhengová

Since 2018, Lu is doing research on the topic of Chinese plastic surgery industry. In the last 20 years, the number of performed plastic surgeries plummeted in the country. The facial interventions are particularly popular among females below the age of 30. Intrigued by the facts and rising social pressure, Lu decided to photographically explore…

IGOR PJÖRRT: BETELGEUSE

IGOR PJÖRRT: BETELGEUSE

GUP Team

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…

EGOR FEDOSOV: 1:26-3:24

EGOR FEDOSOV: 1:26-3:24

GUP team

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.

Jasmine Clarke: Shadow of the Palm

Jasmine Clarke: Shadow of the Palm

by Patrycja Rozwora

Every now and then, Jasmine Clarke (b. 1995, USA) has a jamais vu, the phenomenon of experiencing a situation that one recognises in some fashion, but that nonetheless seems novel and unfamiliar. This is known to be a common experience of the children of parents who arrive from another country – a place the children…

PHILIP J BRITTAN: GHOSTS ARE REAL

PHILIP J BRITTAN: GHOSTS ARE REAL

GUP team

Philip J. Brittan (b. 1973, United Kingdom) has created a series of images based on long night walks. These images are as much about feelings experienced – the sense of a vanished world – as the representation of certain places.

Juergen Teller & Nobuyoshi Araki: Leben und Tod

Juergen Teller & Nobuyoshi Araki: Leben und Tod

By Linda Zhengová

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 (no.223): Grand Amour

Lin Zhipeng (no.223): Grand Amour

By Linda Zhengová

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: Heaven is a Prison

Mark McKnight: Heaven is a Prison

By Linda Zhengová

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.

Marco van Duyvendijk: Valetudo

Marco van Duyvendijk: Valetudo

By Patrycja Rozwora

Some years ago, Marco van Duyvendijk (b. 1974) went through a dark and intense period of life. He had the feeling of falling apart, over and over again. With ‘Valetudo’, he took the loneliness and isolation that came with this existential episode as a starting point for a creative collaboration with one of his muses,…

Katarzyna and Marianne Wasowska: Waiting for the Snow

Katarzyna and Marianne Wasowska: Waiting for the Snow

By Patrycja Rozwora

Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography

Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography

By Linda Zhengová

‘Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography’ published by Steidl and The Walther Collection brings together leading academics dealing with vernacular photography to discuss the social relevance of this type of imagery from various perspectives.

Carlo Rusca: Turistica

Carlo Rusca: Turistica

By Linda Zhengová

When Carlo Rusca (b. 1989, Italy) returned back to Locarno in 2016, after six years of working as a director of photography in Germany and Brazil, he felt estranged both by the fact how he remembered the town and the discrepancy between how Locarno is presented: as a touristic destination during the summer while the…

Eman Ali: Succession

Eman Ali: Succession

By Patrycja Rozwora

‘Succession’ is a cahier format artist book by Eman Ali (b. 1986, United Kingdom), who lives and works between London, Oman and Bahrain. The work was commissioned by Ffotogallery in Waleson on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Place I Call Home’, and it explores Ali’s great concern for Oman’s uncertain political future.

RUTH MONTIEL ARIAS: BESTIAE

RUTH MONTIEL ARIAS: BESTIAE

By Linda Zhengová

In 2016, Galician photographer Ruth Montiel Arias (b. 1977, Spain) started following different groups of hunters in various batidas (hunting modalities) in Spain. ‘Bestiae’, as this 2-year project is titled, has now turned into a multi-layered photobook reflecting on the ritualistic aspect of hunting.

Vikesh Kapoor: See You At Home

Vikesh Kapoor: See You At Home

by Patrycja Rozwora

In ‘See You at Home’ the Pennsylvania based photographer and musician Vikesh Kapoor (b. 1985) explores the latent sense of loss from one’s heritage, while ageing as an immigrant in a non-native culture.

Xu Guanyu: Temporarily Censored Home

Xu Guanyu: Temporarily Censored Home

By Linda Zhengová

Xu Guanyu (b.1993, China) is a Chicago-based artist. For his project ‘Temporarily Censored Home’, he returned to his parents’ residency in China where he grew up as a teenager prior to emigrating to the United States.

Sharon Castellanos: Duro de Morir

Sharon Castellanos: Duro de Morir

by Patrycja Rozwora

Castellanos’s first long-term project, “Duro de Morir” (which can be literally translated to “Hard to Die”), came to light on a journey to Cusco – located high up in the Peruvian Andes and once the capital of the Incan Empire.

LouLou d’Aki: They call us dreamers, but we’re the once who don’t sleep

LouLou d’Aki: They call us dreamers, but we’re the once who don’t sleep

by Patrycja Rozwora

The work of Loulou d’Aki (b. 1978, Sweden) evolves around the ideas of freedom, and how human beings are conditioned by social structures. Her long-term photographic project, ’They call us dreamers, but we’re the once who don’t sleep’, results from living in the Middle East for a while and observing the local youth.

Alex de Mora: Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar

Alex de Mora: Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar

By Linda Zhengová

In 2019, London-based photographer and film director Alex de Mora travelled to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. For his project ‘Straight Outta Ulaanbaatar’, he was particularly interested in documenting the city’s unrepresented hip-hop scene.

Ariko Inaoka: Eagle and Raven

Ariko Inaoka: Eagle and Raven

By Linda Zhengová

Ariko Inaoka (b. 1975, Japan) started to photograph Erna and Hrefna, identical twins from Iceland, since 2008, visiting them every year to capture the very precious period of their growth from children to teenagers.

André Penteado: Farroupilha

André Penteado: Farroupilha

by Patrycja Rozwora

Farroupilha is the third part of the Rastros, Tracos e Vestigios (Trails, Traces and Remains) project, in which the São Paulo based photographer André Penteado (b. 1970) reflects on the formation of Brazilian subjectivity.

Anthony Bila: Izambulo zabantwana Benkholo

Anthony Bila: Izambulo zabantwana Benkholo

by Patrycja Rozwora

In his series, ‘Izambulo zabantwana Benkholo’ Johannesburg based director and photographer Anthony Bila (b.1986) explores how young people in South Africa navigate between the religion they were raised with, and their identity that often develops in contradiction to that same religion.

Damian Heinisch: 45

Damian Heinisch: 45

By Linda Zhengová

In 2013, Damian Heinisch travelled from Oslo to Ukraine by train to follow the journeys once taken by his relatives.

CAMILA FALCÃO: ABAIXA QUE É TIRO

CAMILA FALCÃO: ABAIXA QUE É TIRO

by Talita Virginia

It is somehow complex to translate “Abaixa que é tiro”, the title of the latest series of Camila Falcão (b. 1977, Brazil). It is a reference to the reactions of the portrayed and their friends, who started commenting  'Abaixa que é tiro!', celebrating their bodies exposed on social media. The expression is used widely among…

JOSEF KOUDELKA: RUINS

JOSEF KOUDELKA: RUINS

By Linda Zhengová

Josef Koudelka's newest monograph ‘Ruins’ (published by Thames & Hudson), is a grand overview of Koudelka’s photographs captured throughout the Mediterranean in the span of twenty-eight years.

Txema Salvans: Perfect Day

Txema Salvans: Perfect Day

by Daniel Milroy Maher 

'Perfect Day' by Txema Salvans is a study of humanity’s stubbornness in the face of industrialisation and the destruction of its natural habitats.

JULIE POLY: Ukrzaliznytsia

JULIE POLY: Ukrzaliznytsia

By Linda Zhengová

In her latest monograph ‘Ukrzaliznytsia’ (named after the only railroad transportation enterprise in Ukraine), Julie Poly reflects on something else: her personal experience of being a train conductor.

Sandra Mickiewicz: Proud of the origin & Happy Club

Sandra Mickiewicz: Proud of the origin & Happy Club

by Patrycja Rozwora

Passionate with people and their stories, Sandra Mickiewicz (b. 1992, Poland) traces various communities and by gaining their trust, portrays their unique lifestyles and collective engagements.

Ken Light: Midnight La Frontera

Ken Light: Midnight La Frontera

By Linda Zhengová

Ken Light (b. 1951, the USA), a renowned socially engaged photographer, re-visits his pictures taken between 1983 and 1987: night rides with the U.S. Border Patrol agents guarding the Californian/Mexican border. While the agents searched for migrants along the border, Light captured the moments when they were exposed. A state of vulnerability and desperation is…

Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo: Slaghuis

Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo: Slaghuis

By Linda Zhengová

Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo (b.1993, South Africa) is an emerging photographer based in Johannesburg who in the past two years has been photographically exploring his parents’ owned tavern – a place where Hlatshwayo grew up and witnessed accounts of violence, sex and death.

Arguiñe Escandón & Yann Gross: AYA

Arguiñe Escandón & Yann Gross: AYA

By Linda Zhengová

Arguiñe Escandón (b. 1979, Spain) and Yann Gross’s (b. 1981, Switzerland) recently published their book ‘Aya’ (Editorial RM) follows the path of their predecessors to capture the Peruvian Amazonia.

Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs by Lew Thomas, Donna-Lee Phillips, and Hal Fischer edited by Erin O’Toole

Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs by Lew Thomas, Donna-Lee Phillips, and Hal Fischer edited by Erin O’Toole

By Linda Zhengová

‘Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs by Lew Thomas, Donna-Lee Phillips, and Hal Fischer’ is a title originally published by MACK in conjunction with a large-scale exhibition at SFMOMA from January 4 – August 9, 2020.

LINDLEY WARREN MICKUNAS: MATERNAL SHEET

LINDLEY WARREN MICKUNAS: MATERNAL SHEET

By Linda Zhengová

In ‘Maternal Sheet’, Lindley Warren Mickunas is reflecting on the complexity of parent-child relationships and the conceptual weight of carrying the past.

AGNIESZKA SEJUD: HOAX

AGNIESZKA SEJUD: HOAX

By Linda Zhengová

To highlight the occurrence of propaganda, manipulation of information and distribution of lies in Poland, Agnieszka Sejud adopts the techniques of collage and digital manipulation to reflect on the reality of post-truth and fake news in her home country.

NICO KRIJNO: LOCKDOWN COLLAGES

NICO KRIJNO: LOCKDOWN COLLAGES

By Linda Zhengová

Visual artist Nico Krijno (b. 1981, South Africa) is based outside of Cape Town, living on a rural farm where both his studio and house are located. With his wife and two daughters away, Krijno started to work on this series of ‘lockdown’ collages in acute seclusion. The resulting images reflect the newly found space…

Scott Caruth: ملثم (‘Molatham’)

Scott Caruth: ملثم (‘Molatham’)

By Patrycja Rozwora

ملثم (‘Molatham’) by Scott Caruth (b. 1990, Scotland) recently concluded a six years long research into studio portraiture photography from the West Bank.

LEONARD SURYAJAYA: FALSE IDOL

LEONARD SURYAJAYA: FALSE IDOL

By Linda Zhengová

In his award-winning project ‘False Idol’, Leonard Suryajaya creatively documents the process and feelings surrounding the course of his Green Card application.

SANTOLO FELACO: SPLEEN

SANTOLO FELACO: SPLEEN

By Linda Zhengová

In his latest series ‘Spleen’ Santolo Felaco (b. 1984, Italy) explores the notion of melancholy by investigating the society’s current state of mind, posing underlying existential questions about the era we now live in.

MARIA DABROWSKI: ODSŁONIĆ

MARIA DABROWSKI: ODSŁONIĆ

By Linda Zhengová

Maria Dabrowski (b. 1988, The Netherlands) researched her family roots, revealing a story of expatriation, war crimes and trauma.

BRANDON TAUSZIK: PALE BLUE DRESS

BRANDON TAUSZIK: PALE BLUE DRESS

By Linda Zhengová

In ‘Pale Blue Dress’, Brandon Tauszik (b. 1986, the USA) documents the world of Civil War Re-enactments in northern and central California.

Irish Travellers

Irish Travellers

In autumn 2017, Rebecca Moseman (b. 1975, United States) was given the opportunity to photograph a closed Irish community, one that still maintains a culture and traditions whose origins are lost in time. These so-called Travellers are a proud and reclusive people, who split off from settled Irish society at least 1,000 years ago. Rebecca had the…