Exhibition, Zuiveringshal / Westergasterrein, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
UNSEEN Amsterdam is an event designed to build, nurture, and celebrate photographic talent.
Returning for its sixth edition, UNSEEN focuses exclusively on what’s new in the world of photography, giving up-and-coming talent a platform to show their work. Combining events such as a fair, book market and speakers programme, UNSEEN aspires to provide novel and diverse approaches for engaging with photography.
Welcoming galleries from around the world, the event connects and inspires artists, curators, collectors and photography enthusiasts on an international level. In addition to the fair, the event has interactive onsite and city programming including the Exhibition Photo Pleasure Palace by Erik Kessels and Thomas Mailaender; the Living Room speakers programme co-curated by the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson (USA) and the Barbican in London (UK), featuring guest speakers including Richard Mosse, Howard Greenberg, Anthony Downey, among others; and the list of Premiere works from emerging and established artists.
Both working with the reappropriation of images, Kessels and Mailaender are compulsive collectors of photographs and keen observers of sociological patterns, taking the absurd and ridiculous very seriously. For Unseen Amsterdam 2017, they have created Photo Pleasure Palace, which as quirky and engaging as one would expect from the pair. The Zuiveringshal at the Westergasfabriek is transformed into a place to relax, have fun and set your mind in a different direction. Mimicking a classic carnival, the exhibition invites visitors to engage with photography in a playful and explorative way.
UNSEEN is also proud to introduce Emilia van Lynden as the new artistic director. Van Lynden has been an integral part of UNSEEN for over three years, as Head of Artistic Affairs and Editor-in-Chief of Unseen Magazine.