‘Astres Noirs’ exhibition at Paris Photo 2017.
Der Greif has been selected by curator Lars Willumeit and Unseen’s artistic director Emilia van Lynden as one of 13 international organisations to participate in this year’s new section CO-OP at Unseen Amsterdam (22-24 September 2017).
Taking the jubilee issue #10 of Der Greif as the starting point, a selection of 24 photographers shown in the issue was asked to invite a photographer of their choice to submit a photograph that ‘reacts’ to theirs. This started a chain of invited photographers whose work responded to the previous image shown, and so forth. This chain reaction prompts photographers to interact with one another and for the audience to be able to visualise this dynamic ‘network’ of image threads developing.
For CO-OP, Der Greif brings this thread of images into the physical space, making it fully accessible for the audience to interact with. The images are presented in a grid, produced as blocks of postcards in A5 size. The images are positioned centrally on the paper in such a way that both landscape and portrait formats work within the grid. Visitors are, depending on certain conditions, allowed to take one (or more) image with them. Thus, the project creates a juxtaposition between the ‘virtual space’, a “market” where the image threads are produced and the physical space where the collection of images are displayed, but where certain images will diminuish according to how many are taken away by visitors. Each image is printed 25 times and remains visible until all 25 copies have been removed by the audience. A removed image creates an empty space within the grid-hanging that still refers to the once physically present image. Once an image has been removed completely in the physical space, it will also marked as being removed on the website, thus the online space ‘reacts’ to the physical space and viewers online can see the audience’s reactions in the space. The images’ presentation clearly engages with the photograph as a reproducible medium and simultaneously questions the different “values” of a photographic image. The project wants to foster this discussion, especially during a photography fair.
8 years ago my best friend committed suicide. He was 22. Back then none of us was aware of ‘depression’ or any ideas/knowledge of mental health. There were no proper help for him around. Not even the parents knew what to do.
Today is his birthday. I look back all these years and I realize how lucky I was to have an amazing friend like him. And loosing him is one of the biggest losses of my life that never fills up. He was one of the brightest kids I knew. He would do wonders if he was here today.
Are you aware of your mental health? Have you ever felt that the world is somewhat beautiful but strangely you cant take any part in it? Do you feel uncomfortable to talk about it? You are not alone. Try to talk about it. With a friend or someone you trust. Don’t ignore these feelings.
‘Out of time’
20/07/2017 – 5 pm
Auditorium, Department of Design
The lecture will concentrate on the exploration of time as a basis of the medium and as a metaphysical foundation for photographic work and inspiration.
Contemporary Bangladesh, India and Pakistan were formed after decades of conflict, partition and socio-political movements that took place across the region from 1905–12 and 1947–71. The Bengal region has a recorded history of four millennia and a rich cultural and social history. Even as they are divided by national borders, the countries have much in common because of their shared pasts and inextricably connected futures.
Taking the struggles for independence as the starting point, this exhibition features the works of seminal and emerging photographers and filmmakers from Bangladesh and West Bengal in India. Their works are part of the visual developments of wider Bengal, conveying the turbulence and pain in its history, and touching on the complexity of social issues and diverse range of lived experiences within this region.
Co-curated by artists Sarker Protick and Munem Wasif (Bangladesh), Bengal Divided is an ongoing research and exhibition project first presented at the 2017 Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography, which has been specially adapted for the Esplanade Tunnel.
Arko Datto (India), Jannatul Mawa (Bangladesh), Kushal Ray (India), Rashid Talukder (Bangladesh), Ronny Sen (India), Samsul Alam Helal (Bangladesh), Shahidul Alam (Bangladesh), Qaushiq Mukherjee aka Q (India), Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud (Bangladesh)
Artist Talk by Sarker Protick and Munem Wasif (Bangladesh)
14 Jul 2017, Fri
7 – 8.30pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)
Origin – Light Chamber at Chobimela IX 2017. The documentaion video can be seen here in HD
Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood during the performance of ‘Daydreaming’ and ‘Burn the witch’ at Primavera Sound. A moon shaped pool, world tour 2016.
After a week of workshop and a feast at Chinatown, under the old sodium lights of Kolkata with my students.
“Astres Noirs” won the Australian Photobook of the Year Award.
If we look at the tradition of Music, ‘Jamming Session’/ Alap is a very fundamental component of the practice and quit unique too as no other medium usually creates that form of synergy. ‘Jamming’ builds a connection between the minds of the performers and flows without any predefined structure or plan. The fellow artists see each others eyes, the body and the movement of the hand, picks up when the other stops and continue. Like entangled particles.
These photographs were created almost in a similar manner, unknowingly of how it may transform. Thanks to Chose Commune who listened to them carefully and willing to create a space/book to record that session.
The first edition is now sold out but a second edition will be released this April. More darker (and with 12 hidden images).