Unseen Amsterdam 2018 presents a rich and varied programme for visitors to engage with contemporary photography. To give some insights ahead of the event this September, we’ll be using this feature to shed light on some of our most exciting programme elements.
Next up: the City Programme. In addition to our main event at the Westergasfabriek, Unseen Amsterdam invites local galleries and institutions to take part in an interactive programme throughout the city of Amsterdam. The City Programme aims to highlight the initiatives that form the beating heart of the Dutch capital and encourages visitors from all ages to experience photography at leading organisations throughout Amsterdam.
Whether it’s through participating in workshops, accompanying artists and curators through their exhibitions or investigating contemporary themes at symposiums, guests are welcome to pass by the exhibitions and initiatives that push the boundaries of photography. Go beyond the reaches of the Westergasterrein and discover 18 genre-defining photography exhibitions and viewings — all for free, or with discounted entry, when wearing an Unseen wristband.
To give a taste of what’s on offer, below are a selection of five institutions taking part in this year’s programme. The full programme will be announced soon.
Cargo In Context
With her new project FERNWEH, Dutch photographer Annaleen Louwes explores the human condition by mixing up both old and new work, photography and moving images. With this mixture she tries to create an atmosphere of mortality, ambiguity and temporality. By doing this Louwes tends to discover an unexpected relationship between the old and the new. Admission is free for Unseen wristband holders.
Corridor Project Space
This workshop and exhibition Politics of Boredom attempts to approach boredom as a travelling concept across different fields and contexts. Aiming for an interdisciplinary analysis within media, feminist and literary studies as well as affect and political theory, the event explores the different environments that boredom is situated in. Admission is free for Unseen wristband holders.
De Brakke Grond
The countercultures of the 1960s and ‘70s are at the heart of Jim Campers’ (BE) first solo exhibition, Forward Escape Into The Past - Jim Campers. in Amsterdam. Referring to the anarchist social criticism of Theodore Kaczyncki (also known as “the Unabomber”) and several theories about the history of psychedelics, the exhibition reveals how the radical ideas of the past have remained relevant in the 21st century. Admission is free for Unseen wristband holders.
Borrowing its title from áp vong, the Vietnamese ritual of invoking the dead, UnAuthorised Medium evokes the 'ghosts' and 'glitches' in the archive. Through a range of artistic practices, thirteen emerging and internationally established artists who have deep connections to Southeast Asia disrupt dominant systems of knowledge to engage with the historical and much-contested paradigms of this Asian subregion. Admission is free for Unseen wristband holders.
Image: Film still of Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3, 2015 © Korakrit Arunanondchai / CLEARING New York, Brussels
Inspired by the tapestries of Dutch artist Elma Beks (1926-2014), textile-based designers Karen Huang (TW) and Jason Page (US) present A Really Fake Future, envisioning a future where traditional textile handicrafts are replaced by automated production and digital representation as a result of artificial intelligence. Admission is free for Unseen wristband holders.
In My Feeder is a Photographer, several invited photographers share their favourite recipes, illustrating the colourful stories that accompany them. From food that cures your hangover to cocktails that get that party started - grab your favourite image and cook your dishes in the comfort of your own home! Admission is free for wristband holders.
Image: Antillean Tutu, 2018 © Kevin Osepa
Anastasis is the latest immersive site-specific intervention by Giorgio Andreotta Calò (IT). By placing red film and plexiglass in front of the towering windows of the Oude Kerk, Calò radically alters the lighting within in the church — creating conditions similar to a photographic darkroom. Don’t miss the glass window unveiling at sunset on the 21st and 23rd of September! Visitors get a 25% discount with an Unseen wristband.
Header image: Elma, from the series A Really Fake Future, 2018 © Karen Huang