Unseen Amsterdam: 6 photography exhibitions not to miss
As this year’s edition of photography fair Unseen kicks off (16 – 18 September), we spotlight the six best Amsterdam photography exhibitions to visit, on and off-site
This year, Unseen Amsterdam enters its tenth edition (16 – 18 September 2022), including an impressive 70 exhibitors; 67 book publishers and 11 special projects, all staged within the Westergas culture park. Within the fair and beyond, there are plenty of Amsterdam photography exhibitions to see. Here, we round up six of our favourites.
Amsterdam photography exhibitions: a spotlight on the best
Homecoming Gallery at Unseen
Collage artist Fenna Schilling is a perfect fit for Homecoming Gallery, which is at the forefront of contemporary photography collecting. The Dutch artist is debuting her ‘Vases’ series at this year’s Unseen, in which she pays homage to the materials of the past (sourced from her extensive collections of second-hand books and catalogues) while merging digital and manual collaging techniques. The resulting artworks are mesmerising painterly still lifes.
‘One of a Kind’
The Ravestijn Gallery
Until 22 October
In celebration of its ten-year anniversary, The Ravestijn Gallery will be exhibiting ‘One of a Kind’, which embraces the complexity of photography through new and unique works, each from a different artist the gallery has championed in its lifetime. Its founders, Narda van ’t Veer and Jasper Bode describe photography as a means to ‘interrogate, to imagine, to construct, to play’. Notable featured artists include Nico Krijno, Peter Watkins, Tereza Zelenkova, and renowned duos Inez & Vinoodh. Blommers & Schumm, and Scheltens & Abbenes.
Foam Talent 2022
16 September 2022 – 18 January 2023
Each year without fail, Foam Talent presents an impressive new generation of artists. Now, as the talent call moves to a biannual structure to further its development programme, we’re keeping an extra keen eye on this year’s edit, which is one of the must-see Amsterdam photography exhibitions of the year. Each artist responds to the world’s challenges in myriad dynamic ways; climate change, political conflict, discrimination, displacement, and social justice issues are all explored from global perspectives.
Robert Morat Galerie at Unseen
For Lena Amuat & Zoë Meyer, photography is an inventory for our visual understanding of the world. Collecting models, artefacts and specimens, the duo isolate the objects away from any historical or scientific fact in their mobile studio. The items become readymades under their seductive yet controlled perspectives. On show with Berlin’s Robert Morat Galerie, is a solo booth of works from Amuat and Meyer’s series Artefakte und Modelle.
Tegenboschvanvreden gallery at Unseen
Renowned as much for his fashion work as his art in recent years, Paul Kooiker has entered into a sweet-spot limbo where neither the commercial, art nor editorial worlds can entirely claim him as their own. Kooiker’s surreal sculptural work transcends definition and is hard to look away from. For this edition of Unseen, Kooiker has compiled a selection of images that he photographed for fashion brands and magazines in a move that further dissolves the boundaries between art and fashion.
Nature Morte gallery at Unseen
In Coming Through in Waves, Bharat Sikka builds a dialogue around gender, sexuality, and psychology through constructed yet personal images. Explaining that India has the largest youth population in the world, this series has been a means for Sikka to tell stories of culture and identity without straying into clichés of how India has been portrayed. Instead, images are imbued with warmth and appear timeless, when in fact this heartfelt series began about 20 years ago. The works will premier at Nature Morte’s presentation at Unseen.