With Unseen Amsterdam fast approaching, we are excited to tell you more about the galleries that will be showcasing work in this year’s edition. Highlighting galleries from different countries and regions around the world, we are delighted to visit four leading Swiss galleries this week, BILDHALLE, Christophe Guye Galerie and Espace JB.
Espace JB has been promoting contemporary photography in Geneva for the last 10 years. Since 2010 the gallery has been located in a landmark industrial building in Carouge, where it presents six exhibitions a year. The mission of Espace JB is to present works by emerging and established Swiss and international photographers, which explore the field of documentary photography in its broadest sense. Espace JB aims to push the boundaries of representation in the medium. One of the artists Espace JB will be showing at Unseen Amsterdam is Vasantha Yogananthan who works with both larger and medium format analogue photography. Premiering his new project entitled A Myth of Two Souls, inspired by the epic ancient Indian poem of The Ramayana, Yogananthan reimagines the story through photographs of contemporary life in India.
Photo: Magic Forest, Jog Falls, Karnataka, India, from the series A Myth Of Two Souls 2016 © Vasantha Yogananthan/Espace JB
Founded by Mirjam Cavegn in 2013, Bildhalle represents both emerging contemporary photography and established classic photography. Through its ambitious programme of solo and group exhibitions, Bildhalle maintains its objective to positively influence the reception and recognition of artistic photography in Switzerland, where there is a long and significant tradition of the form. Amongst other artists, Bildhalle will present premiering work by Douglas Mandry at this year’s edition of Unseen Amsterdam. Using analogue processes of image manipulation to question our relationship to photographs, Mandry’s new series, Doubled and Redoubled, experiments with the idea of time loops within photography. Pieces of rock and other found objects are used to create unique photograms on the landscape they have been found in. Images are organized according to their natural typology and aim to compose an open-ended atlas of memories.
Photo: Untitled IV, from the series Territorial Shift, 2017 © Douglas Mandry/BILDHALLE
Christophe Guye Galerie
Founded in 2006, Christophe Guye Galerie is a contemporary art gallery representing national and international artists that choose to express their artistic vision through the use of the photography. Showcasing the work of young, emerging, mid-career and established artists, Christopher Guye champions artists who consider the medium of photography within the larger context of contemporary art as a whole. At Unseen Amsterdam 2017, Christopher Guye will proudly present new work by Stephen Gill entitled Night Procession. In this series, Gill imagines how nature reacts during the night, allowing his subjects to orchestrate and perform within his images.
Untitled, from the series Night Procession, 2017 © Stephen Gill/Christophe Guye Galerie
Discover all of the 2017 exhibiting galleries here