The work Third Nature, created as part of the CALAMITA/À project, will be presented at Double Dummy in Arles, France, on 7th and 8th July.

During the opening week of the Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles, the CALAMITA/À project will present the current state of the artistic work of the photographers involved in the CALAMITA/À project: Gianpaolo Arena, Marina Caneve, Céline Clanet, François Deladerriere, Petra Stavast and Jan Stradtmann.

Location: Double Dummy
8 Rue Fauré, 13200 Arles
Opening hours: 7th July, 11 am – 6 pm
8th July, 11 am – 8 pm
Artists talk: 8th July, 6 pm

The talk with Marina Caneve, Céline Clanet and Jan Stradtmann, hosted by Rachele Ceccarelli, held on 4th of May 2021, can be found on the YouTube channel of Corpo Opaco.

“For the last appointment of ARTISTS WEBINAR, we invited Marina Caneve, Céline Clanet and Jan Stradtmann. They will present the works selected for Versus, telling us more about their approach and developement: ‘The Shape of Water Vanishes in Water”, “Les Chapieux: géographie d’un secret” and “Third Nature”. All the three photographers, each one chosen by a different team of curators (Corpo Opaco, Galerie l’Aberrante and Fonderia 20.9), participated in CALAMITA/Á. This project is an interdisciplinary research platform born as a territorial investigation on the Vajont history (1963), which focuses on the topics of catastrophes, changes, memories and politics and involves a group of international artists. The meeting will also be the occasion to discuss about this experience and to touch upon some shared topics of investigation and reflection: landscapes and their representation; the ideas of habitat, dwelling, infrastructure and how they shape the relation of communities with their territory; photography and its practice between memory, document, creation, exploration.” (text: Versus; Corpo Opaco)

The Factor in progress. After getting supported with a Denkzeit grant by the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen (Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony), I made a preprint of a book. This interim step is a tool to understand the sequence of the pictures in a book format. The Factor is a compilation of news, advice, phenomena and other outcomes of the current situation regarding the coronavirus. The project is a mix of unpublished photography from my archive and new material produced for the series. The Factor evolved during with Iacopo Pasqui and was part of the exhibition #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis at the International Center of Photography, New York 2020/2021.

Belgravia, published in the book La région humaine.

Cet ouvrage revient sur l’histoire du Bleu du Ciel et les artistes qui ont partagé cette aventure, déjà 20 ans de photographie documentaire…

“Sans revenir sur l’histoire du documentaire photographique depuis Atget, suivi d’Evans, ni sur son renouvellement à travers Jeff Wall, contentons-nous d’ajouter à la suite de l’historien Michel Poivert que « s’invente alors le “nouveau documentaire social”, une pratique mêlant art conceptuel, critique des valeurs de l’art moderniste et volonté d’action politique ». C’est sur cette voie que s’est engagé depuis plus d’une décennie le Bleu du Ciel […] [qui] a montré des créateurs engagés dans une pratique radicale mais non exhaustive de l’approche documentaire, face au monde contemporain, constituant un cursus uni dans une voie commune d’expression, mais présenté dans une suite temporelle, de cet esprit du temps sans cesse en mouvement. Vingt ans, un beau jubilé…” (text: Gilles Verneret)

Publisher: Loco Editions, Le Bleu du Ciel
Editors: Gilles Verneret, Michel Poivert
Design: L’Atelier d’édition
Year: 2021
Language: French
24 x 28 cm, 256 pages
ISBN: 978-2-843140-35-8

EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art, Vienna, issue #112, 11/2020, pp. 50 – 55

Together with Nela Eggenberger I wrote a text about the exhibition ‘ab_bilden‘, published in the current issue of EIKON Magazine #112. ‘ab_bilden‘ is curated by Jan Stradtmann in cooperation with EIKON as part of EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography and is on show at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Berlin.

In the wake of the decision on the capital city in 1991, which regulated the relocation of the parliament and the government from the former capital of the FRG, Bonn, to Berlin, in 1996 a call for submissions to an architectural competition was issued to design a new building for the Austrian embassy. It was won by the Austrian architect Hans Hollein (1934–2014). Ten years after the decision to relocate was made, the embassy was officially opened in 2001. The three artists – Gregor Eggenberger, Claudia Larcher and Sinta Werner – represented in the exhibition ‘ab_bilden’ (approximately “de_pict”) take the architecture of the Austrian embassy as the starting point for discussion examining both Hollein’s formal language and his interdisciplinary thought processes. (text: EIKON)

Work from my series ‘The Factor‘ is part of the exhibition #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis on view at the International Center of Photography, New York. The exhibition presents a selection of photographs in response to recent events worldwide. Exhibition views: ©ICP, John Halpern

Location: International Center of Photography, 79 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002
Exhibition dates: 1st October 2020 – 3rd January 2021

Exhibition views: Belgravia – Relics of the Future Link to the work: Belgravia

Location: Emmanuel Post Contemporary Art
@rahmenhandlung frank mueller, Grolmanstraße 46, 10623 Berlin
Exhibition dates*: 8th December – 18th December 2020
5th January – 29th January 2021
Tue – Fri, 12 pm – 8 pm

Belgravia – Relics of the Future A site-specific installation at Emmanuel Post Contemporary Art, Berlin.

Like the brand name Porsche, Belgravia, one of the richest districts of London, stands for a high standard of living, financial potency, and the power of capital. While the financial crisis reached its peak with the bankruptcy of the investment bank Lehman Brothers in autumn 2008, Jan Stradtmann photographed Porsche sports cars in the streets of Belgravia at night. The scenery of the typical upper-class fortified residential complexes in West London – adorned with architectural status symbols of perished civilizations – converts the sports cars parked in front of them into relics of a supposedly better era. (text: Emmanuel Post Contemporary Art)

Location: Emmanuel Post Contemporary Art
@rahmenhandlung frank mueller, Grolmanstraße 46, 10623 Berlin
Opening* 4th December, 4 pm – 8 pm
Exhibition dates*: 8th December – 18th December 2020
5th January – 29th January 2021 (extended until 12th March 2021)
Tue – Fri, 12 pm – 8 pm

*Please make sure to check the opening times and visiting regulations before your visit.

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