Fotograf Magazine

#33 investigation

Under the title of the issue „Investigation“ we are looking for artistic work systematically examining information as an integral part of the process of creation. Investigative journalism could be an inspiration, which is a fundamental whistleblower of slightly tested democratic systems nowadays, but in fact the most important impulse for maintaining the basic principles of political and social equality. Within the diversity of the presented approaches, we plan to comprise range of examples. A journalistic or documentary photography projects that transcend the format of the report, the ironizing comments of the political situation to the purely artistic projects of wider interpretations, that the important part of is the process of exploring the power tactics or suspicious activities damaging the ideals of civil society.

Highlights:
Mari Bastashevski
Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen
Peter Fend
Seba Kurtis
Maxim Sarychau
Andrzej Steinbach

#33 investigation — Profiles

Andrzej Steinbach

Kunsthalle Wien crowned their 2018 dramaturgy with the exhibition project Antarctica, tackling the sociological term “alienation,” prominently present in the work of Michelangelo Antonioni, whose quote about moving glaciers opened the whole show…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Maxim Sarychau

The expression of discontent is part of the perpetual balancing of interests between the ruling apparatus and the general public. However, the political regime of Alexander Lukashenko supresses the manifestations of the Belarusian public, resulting in the erosion of the society and its continual pursuit of change…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Mari Bastashevski

V textu The Perfect Con z roku 2016 pro e-flux journal se Mari Bastashevski zamýšlí nad možnostmi institucionální kritiky v umění. Úvahou nad důležitostí nerezignovat na vývoj kritických strategií uzavírá esej, v níž shrnuje své působení v rámci umělecké rezidence na lodi izraelské námořní společnosti ZIM, jednoho z největších globálních lodních dopravců…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen

“Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen work across objects, installation, and film that explore process of production as cultural, personal, and political practices.” The fact that in the brief profile in the heading of their website Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, an artistic duo with Israeli and Belgian roots respectively, speak about “production” and “practices” and not artistic work is certainly not without significance…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Seba Kurtis

When Seba Kurtis (1974) photographs migrants and their stories through the lens of his 5×4 camera, his images hint at a subconscious experience. His photos remind the general spectator of traveling; however, they are a confrontation with the hidden side of a problem, which is taking place not far from our daily lives in Europe as well as in many other parts of the world…

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#33 investigation — Profiles

Peter Fend

A seemingly lonely girl below the cliffs of Manhattan skyscrapers is anxiously watching something hidden behind the film still frame… The probably most often reproduced photograph from the Untitled Film Stills series by Cindy Sherman is a classic of piece of feminist art today…

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