Programme Highlight: City Programme

by Unseen August 30 2017

Photo: Exorsisters, Cape Town, 2012 © Jody Brand

Unseen Amsterdam offers a dynamic programme for engaging with contemporary photography. In this new feature, we shed light on the exciting programme highlights we have planned for the 2017 edition.

This week, we are excited to highlight our City Programme. In addition to our main event at the Westergasfabriek, we are incorporating an interactive agenda that sprawls across the streets and canals of Amsterdam, inviting visitors to experience photography at leading institutions all over the city. Led by prominent artists and curators, guests are welcome to be inspired, challenged and excited by viewing and participating in exhibitions and initiatives that push the boundaries of photography in unexpected and provocative ways. There are fifteen institutions participating in the City Programme, some of which are highlighted below to underscore their range.

Framer Framed
During Unseen Framer Framed will present Jody Brand’s (Cape Town, 1989). Her photography is driven by her mission to challenge present representations of minorities. This exhibition shows Brand’s documentation of alternative South African realities. By portraying her friends (chomma) in the unscripted act of simply being themselves, Brand creates a beautifully honest visualisation of their multi-layered personalities and culture. In so doing, Brand’s work exposes an untold, unseen, intimate truth about the South African youth.

Aptly named 2Boats, this artist duo teamed up for an artistic and unconventional journey through Europe. During Unseen Amsterdam 2017, visits are welcome to visit the hybrid boats and engage in a dialogue of vision, transformation and creation in an extensive programme of talks, presentations and networking. Events run daily at 11.00, 14.00 and 16.00. See their website for a detailed itinerary.

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Photo: Claudius’ boat, Conquest of the Improbable, 2017 © Lisa Beese

Glamcult is also organising an exhibition by artist Barrie Hullegie called “Masculinities” at De School.  A collection of commissioned fashion images and anonymous works created in collaboration with Glamcult will showcase the intimate, diverse visions of modern masculinity – and the transition from boyhood to manhood.

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Looiersgracht 60
Looiersgracht 60 is hosting “Imprinted Mater”, the first major institutional exhibition of Dutch-Argentine artist Aimée Zito Lema. The show explores the relationship between photography, objects, history and memory. Zito Lema is exhibiting a specifically commissioned on-site project, as well as a selection of new installations and video works that explore the transferral of memory and the ways that history is recorded and remembered.
Looiersgracht_0.jpgPhoto: Imprinted Mater. Digitally manipulated fragment of an archive image (Archivo General de la Nación Argentina (Dpto. Doc. Fotográficos)), 2017 © Aimée Zito Lema

In addition to these exhibitions and events, a number of artist walks will be hosted by In Search of the Miraculous. The psycho-geographic walks are specifically developed and conceptualised for Unseen Amsterdam by April Gertler and are open to the public and visitors of the fair, who will explore a small area of the city through personal points of view that highlight photographic histories.

InSearchof.jpgPhoto: IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS, 2017 © Ayala Gazit

Find out here what else there is to discover in the city during Unseen Amsterdam 2017. Curious to what else we have to offer? Find the full programme and tickets here.

See you in September!