The Unseen Festival, Amsterdam Announces Programme Of Events

Posted September 10, 2016 at 1:54 pm in Art, News

THE Unseen Photo Fair  opens later this month during the Unseen Festival in the historic district of Spaarndammerbuurt, Amsterdam. Now in its fifth year, this unique and much anticipated event, will display cutting-edge work from more than 150 emerging and established artists from across the world and offers the chance for both professionals and enthusiasts alike to discover the latest advancements in contemporary photography. The fair is housed at the distinctive Gashoulder in the Westergasfabriek venue in the city.

The Unseen Photo Fair and Festival will also exhibit new work by international photographers, Thomas AlbdorfLaurianne Bixhain, Felicity Hammond, Miren Pastor and Tereza Zelenkova – finalists of the ING Unseen Talent Award. In addition, an extensive programme of lectures and debates will be available and access to an array of up-to-the-minute publications from the event’s exclusive book market.

600x400-dogDog Cemetry, 2015, Tereza Zelenkova, silver gelatin print on fibre based paper, 2015 © Lowres

Highlights of the fair include Making Memeries, an augmented reality project created by Bruno Crechel whereby visitors can design their own physical reality. By downloading a free app, visitors can digitally interact with imagery designed by artist Lucas Blalock on eight moveable panels. The project opens up boundless possibilities for image sharing but causes us to reflect on the challenges facing today’s contemporary photographers.

At Unseen’s new temporary studio, inside the Westergasfabriek, visitors will be invited to have their portraits taken by emerging talent from the African continent. This project forms part of a radical new project by African artists to explore their heritage of portraiture in an unusual and alternative way.

In fact, nothing is conventional at Unseen, including the process of buying. For those with a penchant for fairground attractions, try your hand at Clare Strand’s hoopla stall, you might win some original artwork.

600x400-green Untitled (00-16), 2016 © Fumi Ishino

by Miranda Charalambous

The Unseen Photo Fair opens from September 23–25 in the Westergasfabriek and takes place during the Unseen Festival in the district of Spaarndammerbuurt September 16–25 2016 in Amsterdam, PO Box 15650, 1001 ND Amsterdam

Tel: +31 (0)6 46 10 98 68
Front page image: Big Couple Green & Blue, 2015 © Pierre Christophe Gam
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