The fifth edition of Unseen Photo Fair takes place in Amsterdam from 23-25 September 2016. Known for its unique commissions, new talent and diverse range of galleries, Unseen focuses on cutting-edge talent, presenting emerging artists’ work alongside new works by established artists. To date, 75 premieres – photographic works that have never been seen before at any gallery, institute or fair – by new and established artists have been confirmed.
Director of Unseen, Rixt Hulshoff Pol says: “It is fantastic that we are able to show so many Unseen Premieres again this year. The involvement and willingness of such a large variety of participating galleries and artists to create authentic and new work prove that they really embrace the concept of Unseen. Whoever comes to Unseen in September to spot new and unseen work will be blown away by the scale and quality of the premieres.”
Amongst this year’s premiering artists are a number that have made new works for Unseen before, including Iranian photographer Abbas Kowsari, presented by Ag Galerie (IR), French photographer Tiane Doan na Champassak, presented by Kahmann Gallery (NL), Japanese photographer Motohiro Takeda, presented by IBASHO (BE), as well as Dutch photographers Viviane Sassen, presented by Stevenson (ZA), Elspeth Diederix, presented by Stigter Van Doesburg (NL) and Italian photographer Lorenzo Vitturi, presented by Flowers Gallery (UK/US).
At the 2014 edition of Unseen Photo Fair, the photographic star Lorenzo Vitturi‘s work took center stage—he was invited to create the “visual campaign” that represented the fair all around the city of Amsterdam. Using the symbol of the eye to demonstrate the Unseen concept, Vitturi arranged found materials and organic produce into a sculpture, repeating a simple geometric pattern in different scales.
In addition to returning Premiere artists, there is also an impressive list of photographers who are committed to making an Unseen Premiere for the first time. These newcomers include British photographer Isaac Julien, presented by Ron Mandos (NL), French photographer Margot Wallard, presented by Grundemark Nilsson Gallery (SE/DE), and American photographer Roger Ballen, presented by Galerie Alex Daniëls – Reflex Amsterdam (NL). Also German photographer Christiane Feser, presented by Galerie Anita Beckers (DE), Flemish photographer Katrien de Blauwer, presented by Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire (FR), South-Sudanese photographer Atong Atem, presented by Red Hook Labs (US), Swiss photographer Douglas Mandry, presented by BILDHALLE (CH), and many others will present new work at Unseen.
- Untitled #3, Droste Effect, Debris and Other Problems, 2013-2015
- Lorenzo Vitturi creates Unseen 2014 Campaign
- Self-portrait with Plastic Flowers, 2016 © Atong Atem/Red Hook Labs