On the occasion of the Unseen photo fair, we have dedicated our focus to the link between photography and graphic design. Retrouvailles brings together a collective of photographers who graduated together from the Rietveld Academie and who for the specific occasion each have produced new individual works from scientific printing, to explorative narratives, poetic installations, found material and self reflected language.
Opening Saturday 24th from 6 – 10 PM
Lounge and Symposium on Sunday 25th from 12 – 6 PM
With a nod to the interdisciplinary link between the two fields, the main floor of fanfare will be turned into a lounge installation. Along with a selection of books from San Serriffe this will be the setting for a laid back Sunday programme of talks and insights by Elki Boerdam, Uta Eisenreich, Werker Magazine and fanfare in conversation with the 7 photographers themselves.
Symposium Sunday (fanfare opens from 12 – 6 PM)
1:00 – 2:00 Panel with fanfare (Freja Kir and Lotte van de Hoef) in conversation with the artists of the exhibition
2:15 – 3:15 Elki Boerdam
3:30 – 4:30 Werker
4:45 – 5:45 Uta Eisenreich
Elki Boerdam www.elkiboerdam.com
Elki graduated in graphic design in 2011 and has since then developed a field for herself which she refers to as Image Research. Working a lot with photographic and videographic images (mostly found material) she researches images and their contexts – theoretically as well as visual. She is currently developing autonomous work through a residency at the Institute of Image and Sound where she works with an ongoing series of image combinations. Elki will focus on her work as well as thoughts on how an image can be an archive in itself which she is currently dealing with in the project for the Institute of Image and Sound (one of the biggest archives in the Netherlands).
Werker Magazine is a project initiated by Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos in 2009. Its starting point is the Worker Photography Movement. Far from having a rhetorical approach to the work of these photographers, Werker takes interest in their working methodologies, based on self-representation, self-publishing, image analysis, and collective learning processes. What forms does work take in post-Fordist societies? What representations of work are being produced today? For the occasion of Retrouvailles Marc and Rogier will go through some of their own projects and explore different forms of collaborative design and self-representation in order to analyse labour and the renegotiation of what is made visible and what stays invisible.
Uta Eisenreich www.hier-eisenreich.org/
The core of Uta Eisenreich’s practice is an investigation of the incongruous relationship between thought and reality. Walking a fine line between common sense and uncommon nonsense, she systematically explores the familiar methods for understanding our presumed reality. In both her photographs and her performances, everyday objects are staged into puzzling and colourful stilleben scenarios that suggest underlying patterns for the viewer to discern.
For Retrouvailles Uta will focus on the problems of representation in photography and in general, overlapping documentation, language experiments, references and anectodes and eventually reflecting on the context of the exhibition.
Retrouvailles is a group show by:
Jessie Yingying Gong (with Julie Hviid Cetti), Florian Jomain, Anne-Laure Ruffin, Franziska Schulz, Jet Sennema & Halla Einarsdottir, Ugne Ukla, Amelie-Antoinette Tegtmeyer