As Unseen Amsterdam looms even closer, we introduce to you the exhibiting galleries making their way to this year’s edition. We’re showcasing galleries from specific geographical locations and this week we travel to four leading French galleries based in Paris. The galleries we look at this week are Galerie Binome, Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire and Intervalle.
Galerie Binome opened in Paris in October 2010 and is devoted to contemporary photography. As a member of the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’art, the gallery collaborates with various curators and institutions to showcase work from emerging contemporary artists, who explore the boundaries of the photographic medium. Questions of photography’s scope and limits, as well as the post-photographic condition, are at the centre of the gallery’s mission. Amongst other artists, Galerie Binome will exhibit work by Edouard Taufenbach at this year’s edition of Unseen Amsterdam. Working with the concepts of trace and memory, Taufenbach will premiere a series of collages entitled CINEMA histoires domestiques. Constructed by repetition and an accumulation of forms, this series plays on the borderline between documentary and fiction.
Photo: Judith et Estelle from the series CINEMA histoires domestiques, 2017 © Edouard Taufenbach/Galerie Binome
Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière
Both a gallery and publishing house, Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière launched in May 2011. Since then, they have inaugurated a yearly exhibition that is always linked with a book publication. Exhibiting a wide range of photographers from different backgrounds and cultures, yet with a strong and consistent body of work, Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière works alongside its artists to help with the production of their work and its presentation in book form. One of the artists presenting at Unseen Amsterdam in 2017 will be Adrien Boyer, a self-taught photographer, who will exhibit his series Consonances. With a keen eye for line, shape and colour, this body of work explores the aesthetics of urban fragments.
Photo: Untitled (Port-Bouët, Abidjan), from the series Consonances, 2017 © Adrien Boyer/Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière
Galerie Les filles du calvaire
Since its inauguration in 1996, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire has primarily focused on three main areas: abstract painting, fine-art photography and works involving installation and video. The gallery represents artists who play with the notion of staging and who explore the concept of photography as a language. At Unseen Amsterdam, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire will present the work of Turkish photographer, Yusuf Sevinçli in a solo show. With a background in Communication and Documentary photography, Sevinçli shows us cities in ways we have never seen them before. In his series Istanbul, we see through the eyes of a wanderer intimately exploring the turmoil of our times and the hope for a better future.
Photo: Sans titre, from the series Istanbul, 2014-2017 © Yusuf Sevincli/Galerie Les filles du calvaire
As the public’s keen interest in photography grows, Intervalle, based in the Belleville area of Paris, upholds its support for emerging artists. Exhibiting work that intends to illuminate our view of the world, Intervalle fights for up-and-coming photographers to be able to express themselves freely within the gallery space. Amongst several others, British artist Polly Tootal will be joining the gallery at Unseen Amsterdam 2017, where she will present the series Unknown Places. Making viewers feel as if they are within the landscape of her photographs, Tootal’s large and highly detailed images celebrate the beauty of the rooted "Britishness" of her subjects, while simultaneously offering subtle cultural critique.
Photo: #43389, from the series "Unknown Places", 2014 © Polly Tootal/Intervalle