Fotograf Magazine

#20 public art

In relation to art in the public space, it is rather unusual to focus primarily on the medium of photography, despite the fact that public space in general is saturated with the photographic image. For this reason, we have decided to highlight those projects which offer an intervention into the monopoly of the commercial messages seen in public. At the same time, these are images which are site-specific in nature, also addressing such issues as the role of galleries and other institutions designated as places for art. 

The next issue of Fotograf magazine is dedicated to the theme of Public Art, and will focus on photographic projects which work with public space (meaning actual physical spaces, rather than the virtual space of the internet and new media – a subject so vast that it could not be contained within the forthcoming issue). We have selected those projects that make us vigilant and hopeful that a single individual can still have an impact on public space. 

#20 Public Art — Profiles

Dennis Adams

The resonance and compassion in Adams’ work is founded not only in an acceptance of contemporary pluralism but in an historical conception of “public” that ties his work to a continuum, a tradition of productive debate and dissent

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Felix Gonzales-Torres

“People with AIDS coalition 1985 Police Harassment 1969 Oscar Wilde 1985 Supreme Court 1986 Harvey Milk 1977 March on Washington 1987 Stonewall Rebellion 1969”

A list of names and events, of an implicit significance…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

kennardphillipps

In 2003 when the US and its allies overthrew by force the regime of Saddam Hussein while the rest of the world watched live as Iraqis toppled statues of the fallen dictator in the streets, it seemed that the restoration of democracy and stability in Iraq would be a question of a few months at most…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Šejla Kamerić

Šejla Kamerić (b. 1976) studied graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. Since that time, a sensibility for the ingenious combination of text and image within an artwork has become deeply rooted in her activity, along with the ability to directly communicate with the viewer which informs her singular approach to photography…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Voina Wanted

Voina Wanted – Political “Action” Using the Photographic Image

“Moscow Actionism”[ref]A. Kovalyov, Russian Actionism 1990–2000 (Российский акционизм 1990—2000)…

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#20 Public Art — Profiles

Wendy Ewald

Wendy Ewald and the Children of Margate

The Toward A Promised Land project, realized over a period of 18 months by Wendy Ewald, the American artist, imparts a set of features characteristic of her specific conceptual work that is founded on collaborating with children, on experimental pedagogical methods and on using photography as a primary creative and pedagogical tool…

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