Interviews

Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo: Slaghuis

By Linda Zhengová - 07/17/20

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

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JOEL JIMENEZ: CASTLE OF INNOCENCE

By Linda Zhengová - 06/10/20

Joel Jimenez (b. 1993) is a Costa Rican visual artist based in Barcelona, Spain. Generally, his interest is in space and its possibilities to convey human conditions; how the universe correlates with social issues in our contemporary society. As an artist, he also reflects on the...

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VALERIA CHERCHI: SOME OF YOU KILLED LUISA

By Linda Zhengová - 06/1/20

Valeria Cherchi (b. 1986, Italy), raised in Sardinia, is interested in telling tangible character-driven stories themed around the meaning of the ‘unspoken’, motivated by the need of exploring personal memories that shed new light on history. In her soon to be publish...

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LEWIS KHAN: THEATRE

By Linda Zhengová - 05/29/20

Lewis Khan (b.1990, the UK) is a fine art and commercial photographer from London, working with stills and moving image. His portrait-based work is a study of emotion, relationships, and identity. Khan’s photographs are intimate, and his process reveals his search to understand...

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ERIK KESSELS: SEXY SOFA

By Maria Ghetti - 05/15/20

In ‘Almost Every Picture’ is a series of books focusing on found amateur pictures. Each volume in the series arrives from a collection of “vernacular” photographs sourced from flea markets, the internet and from found photo albums. These publications (the first one dating from 200...

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YANA WERNICKE & JONAS FEIGE: STAYATHOME.PHOTOGRAPHY

By Linda Zhengová - 05/4/20

In anticipation on the global outbreak of Covid-19, artists all over the world initiated various ways to create from the confines of their homes. Among these ‘artistic outbreaks’ is ‘stayathome.photography’, founded by Yana Wernicke and Jonas Feige...

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MAFALDA RAKOŠ: A STORY TO TELL, OR: REGARDING MALE EATING DISORDERS

By Linda Zhengová - 04/27/20

Mafalda Rakoš (b. 1994, Austria) is based between Vienna and Amsterdam, and recently graduated from the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, The Netherlands. Her work can be considered an intersection between art, documentary photography and journalism – a crossroad on which she st...

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POST-APOCALYPTIC FAIRY TALES: AN INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH HAUST

ALEX BLANCO - 04/20/20

Elizabeth Haust (b. 1992, Russia) has a background in photography, film and painting. Her work has been presented in museums, galleries and photo festivals all over the world including 5TH Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, GASK Gallery in Prague, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts...

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JEAN-FRANÇOIS LEPAGE: ZOMBIE

By Linda Zhengová - 03/18/20

Jean-François Lepage (b. 1960, France) began his career as a fashion photographer in the early 80s. Lepage often revisits his photographs after the shoot itself in order to dismantle and interfere with the images he captures. By cutting the negative and positive films to build n...

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JOHAN KRAMER: CAMERA DREAM

By Linda Zhengová - 03/9/20

Johan Kramer (b. 1964) is a renowned filmmaker and an advertising icon in The Netherlands. Between 1995-2006, Kramer was part of advertisement agency KesselsKramer and from 2006 onwards he started focusing on his personal projects: doc...

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INTERVIEW: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ROGER BALLEN

LINDA ZHENGOVÁ - 03/6/20

‘The World According to Roger Ballen’ (Thames & Hudson, 2019) features photographs selected from across Roger Ballen’s career, along with installations created exclusively for an exhibition at Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, last year. The exhibition closes on July 31st, 202...

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ERA MARE: VENICE VS THE SEA

MARIA GHETTI - 02/21/20

Era Mare (It Was Sea) addresses the most recent floods in Venice (Italy), initiated by photographer Matteo de Mayda, graphic designers Andrea Codolo & Giacomo Covacich (Studio Bruno) and Francesca Seravalle, who curated the project – in a spirit of solidarity with the Venetian inhabitan...

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ROXY, 30 YEARS: AN INTERVIEW WITH CLEO CAMPERT

TIM VAN DIJK - 02/3/20

Cleo Campert (b. 1963, Netherlands) started photographing club nights at the infamous RoXY in 1989, and then continued to work as a party photographer throughout the years. In 2015 and 2016 she documented the Dutch festival culture, focusing on both the crowded events and the serene landscapes in...

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SLANT: AN INTERVIEW WITH AARON SCHUMAN

By Linda Zhengová - 02/1/20

Aaron Schuman (b. 1977, USA) is a photographer, writer, lecturer and curator based in the United Kingdom. In 2019 he published SLANT, a photographic investigation of police reports as featured in the local newspaper of Amherst, Massachusetts: a small, quiet town in New England. S...

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WING AMBULANCE: AN INTERVIEW WITH ELENA CHERNYSHOVA

ALEX BLANCO - 01/17/20

Elena Chernyshova (b.1981, Russia) investigates the daily lives of communities in the context of environmental, political, and economic changes. For two winters already, she has been visiting the remote Turukhansky District, north of the Arctic Circle, to collect visuals for her personal project ...

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AN INTERVIEW WITH CIRO BATTILORO

MARIA TERESA SALVATI - 12/20/19

Ciro Battiloro (b. 1984) is an Italian photographer based in Naples. In his work he analyses the human being and its relationships, lived in contexts of discomfort and social neglect. Recently, his research focused on Southern Italy neighbourhoods (Rione Sanità in Napels, Quartiere Santa Lucia i...

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AN INTERVIEW WITH SEIF KOUSMATE

ERIK VROONS - 11/8/19

Seif Kousmate (b. 1989, Morocco) dedicated himself professionally to photography in 2016. Since then, he has been working on different projects concerned with social issues: slavery in Mauritania, youth and poverty in Morocco, and Rwandan society 25 years after the genocide. GUP talked to Kousmat...

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