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Fresh wind from the North!

Kunsthalle St. Annen, Lübeck, Germany

Anni Leppälä

From January 26th to April 26th 2020

As a “Helsinki School”, a group of graduates from Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture has gained international recognition in photo art since the 1990s. Although the school, which unites several generations, does not pursue a homogeneous stylistic or thematic approach, diverse references to nature form a common denominator in numerous photo series by the represented artists.
For this exhibition, a number of Helsinki School photo artists were selected who deal with nature and landscape in their works. The connection between nature and culture as well as an intuitive sense of space are present in all of these works. Some of the pictures deal with the conventions of landscape painting, while others revive an atmosphere that moves between the uncanny and the sublime. Nature in the pictures often becomes a hiding place, a retreat for people. The separation between the human body and the surrounding landscape seems unreal, artificially created.

On the occasion of this exhibition, the new book by Hatje Cantz (Helsinki School, Volume VI) with focus on nature shots will be published in the Helsinki School.

Fluidités, l’humain qui vient

Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France

SMITH

From February 6th to April 28th 2020

The aim of this exhibition is to show the systems of representation that refer to the state of the world, or prefigure that of tomorrow; or the way in which artists help us to understand the problems at stake when contemplating the future of humanity.

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography

Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK

Karen Knorr

From February 17th to May 17th 2020

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography is a major group exhibition that explores how masculinity is experienced, performed, coded and socially constructed as expressed and documented through photography and film from the 1960s to the present day.

The exhibition brings together over 300 works by over 50 pioneering international artists, photographers and filmmakers such as Richard Avedon, Peter Hujar, Isaac Julien, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annette Messager and Catherine Opie to show how photography and film have been central to the way masculinities are imagined and understood in contemporary culture. The show also highlights lesser-known and younger artists – some of whom have never exhibited in the UK – including Cassils, Sam Contis, George Dureau, Elle Pérez, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Hank Willis Thomas, Karlheinz Weinberger and Marianne Wex amongst many others. Masculinities: Liberation through Photography is part of the Barbican’s 2020 season, Inside Out, which explores the relationship between our inner lives and creativity.

On earth

FOAM Amsterdam

Noémie Goudal

From March 20th to June 10th 2020

Photography enables us to observe the world and the effects of our existence in it. It can be used to document, eternalise and motivate events. Photography has also testified to the paradoxical relationship between man, nature and technology. As we use contemporary technologies to document and question our relationship with the natural world, we increasingly experience this world through the very same technologies used.

On Earth – Imaging, Technology and the Natural World unites the work of 27 contemporary artists who use innovative visual techniques to reflect on the evolving relationship between humans and nature. Besides photography, the artists make use of installation, sculpture, in-game photography and video. Their various visual approaches diverge and converge throughout the exhibition. These artists show they both seek to explore and reunite our technological, socio-economical, spiritual and political connection with the world.

Unseen, 35 Years of Collecting Photographs

Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

Todd Hido

From December 17th 2019 to March 8th 2020

The Museum’s photographs collection celebrates its 35th anniversary with an exhibition showcasing photographs never before displayed at the Getty. From 19th-century European and American photographs from the early days of the medium, to contemporary works produced around the world, this exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of the collection. As curators share and juxtapose their favorite images, viewers are invited to make their own visual associations between photographs from different times and places.