This Spring, 2020, Fotografiska New York will open its doors to acclaimed photographers Julie Blackmon, Cooper & Gorfer, Nick Brandt, Naima Green and a group show of emerging talent, co-curated with VICE Media Group. Here is a sneak-peek.
Fotografiska New York also announces ‘Tack Tuesdays,’ ~ Free to the public from 6-11pm on the First Tuesday Evening of Each month!
Julie Blackmon, Fever Dreams ~ March 5 through May 3, 2020
The playfully artful and chaotic nature present in the photographs of Julie Blackmon (American, b. 1966) illustrates the everyday people and places that have shaped the artist’s life. These are the familiar and ordinary scenes of Blackmon’s daily routine in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri, which she describes as “the generic American town” in the middle of the United States. Her scenes are often centered around children in backyards, garages and neighborhoods where the absence of adults alludes to a looming potential for danger. Her photographs, otherwise innocuous domestic tableaux, are woven with fantasy and subtle satire that reflect a delicate balance between the darkness and charm of contemporary American life in suburbia.
“I suppose I could make a work where the sun is shining, the mom is lying out in the grass, the kids are happy, and everything is perfect, but that wouldn’t interest me—and it wouldn’t be truthful. My aim is to create a more nuanced, subtly humorous and satirical portrait of the way we live today.” – Julie Blackmon
In addition, save this date ~ March 3rd ~ for “A Drop of Midnight” Book Reading with Hip-Hop Artist Jason “Timbuktu” Diakite and Chef Marcus Samuelsson.
Saving the date ~ March 5th ~ Julie Blackmon in Conversation with Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins.
Saving the date ~ March 6th ~ Innuan, A Classical Concert Inspired by Photographer Helene Schmitz’s “Thinking Like A Mountain.” The program opens with the duo for violin and cello by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály.
Fotografiska New York X VICE Media Group: New Visions ~ March 13 through July 5, 2020
Fotografiska New York and VICE Media Group have partnered to curate New Visions, anexhibition showcasing fourteen inspiring, emerging artists from around the world. Informed by personal experiences and underrepresented narratives, the work demonstrates what VICE and Fotografiska consider to be the vanguard of photography. Collectively, the exhibition affirms the discipline’s capacity to foster new understandings of identity, put forth nuanced critiques of the world around us, and find power in play and vulnerability.
Artists on view will be Cristina Bartley Dominguez, Eui-Jip Hwang, June Canedo, Laurence Philomene, Luis Alberto Rodriguez, Matthew Morrocco, Noma Osula, Sasha Phyars-Burgess, Silvia Grav, Stefanie Moshammer, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Texas Isaiah, Yao Yuan, and Zhongjia Sun.
Since its founding in 1994, VICE Media Group has been a vessel for visionary storytelling by featuring groundbreaking photographers who have challenged the status quo in both art and journalism. VICE celebrates these photographers each year by publishing a special VICE Magazine photo issue and correlating exhibition, launching the careers of many artists.
Cooper & Gorfer: Between These Folded Wall, Utopia ~ March 26 through June 7, 2020
In a series of richly-imagined portraits, the artistic duo Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer explore the idea of Utopia in the age of the new diaspora. Young women who have been forced to uproot their lives are photographed like goddesses inside lustrous and surrealist-inspired sets. These vivid portraits are a judicious and of-the-moment examination of our historical memory and possibility.
“We felt drawn to a new diaspora, the young generation of women whose lives had been influenced by forced migration and a need for a new place to live,” the duo said. “These are adolescents on the cusp of adulthood who have experienced what it means to uproot their reality and sense of self. Young women who grew up with different cultural understandings of the world. They are women in different stages of independence and gender equality and who, because of that, are less rigidly defined, less prone to accept a readymade understanding of the world.”
The subjects’ state of limbo is echoed in the custom-built sets, inspired by the surrealist literature of Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino. Working with a conceptual architecture team in Vienna, Cooper & Gorfer designed sets whose space and perspective rewrite history into something layered and unexpected. Echoes of Rome’s fascist Palazzo Della Civilta Italiana or dioramas from the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh are woven into the fantastical set. Cooper & Gorfer are also inspired by eastern philosophy. The work invites viewers to search for their own ideas of Utopia by entering a transcendental state of consciousness. In Sanskrit teachings, this state may be known as a “No Place” or “the Void of Conceptions.”
The Cooper & Gorfer artistic universe challenges our preconceptions to imagine a world where humans live in harmony with themselves, each other and the planet. Sarah Cooper (b.1974, US) and Nina Gorfer (b.1979, Austria) have been collaborating since 2006 and work in Gothenburg, Sweden. Their work has been shown at the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen, NOMA New Orleans Museum of Art, Nuuk Art Museum in Greeland, and Fotografiska Stockholm among others. In 2018, Cooper & Gorfer won the prestigious German Photo Book award for their monograph “I Know Not These My Hands.”
Nick Brandt: This Empty World/Inherit The Dust ~ April 2 through June 21, 2020
Photographer Nick Brandt’s exhibition will feature his most recent works from two series — “This Empty World” and “Inherit the Dust” — which remind us of the grandeur and fragility of the disappearing natural world. The presentation calls attention to the degradation of East African landscapes as runaway development threatens both the animals and people who live there. The cinematic and emotional images are an important and timely call to conservation. The exhibition places Brandt’s most recent series alongside behind-the-scenes images of his unique process, and showcases never-before-seen documentation of set building, staging and the creation of his photographs.
The photographs in “This Empty World” are composites of two moments in time, captured at the same location. A partial set was built and lit on unprotected community land in Kenya. In the following weeks, the animals of the region acclimated to the sets and eventually wandered in. Once the animals are captured on camera, the full sets are built. In all but a few of the photos, the camera remains fixed in place throughout. A second sequence is then photographed with complete set, and a cast of people drawn from local communities and beyond. The final, large-scale prints place the subjects alongside each other, questioning the devastating consequences of unbridled development. The sets were created and removed with almost zero waste, leaving no impact on the landscape.
For “Inherit the Dust,” Brandt printed life-size versions of his unreleased portraits of animals and glued them to large panels. The panels were placed in locations where these animals used to roam but, as a result of human development, no longer do. The humans in this series go about their lives, oblivious to the ghost-like portraits of the animals that used to share the same land. The images never portray the people in the images as the aggressors. Poor rural people are the most affected by environmental degradation, often helplessly swept along by relentless waves of “progress” as natural resources on which they rely are exhausted.
Brandt hopes this work raises awareness of the ongoing destruction of ecosystems and inspires viewers to act. He believes it is still possible to mitigate the worst of what humankind is doing. With that in mind, in 2010, Brandt co-founded the non-profit organization, Big Life Foundation, which operates in Kenya and Tanzania, where “This Empty World” was photographed. Today, the organization employs almost 500 local people, including 300+ rangers who protect 1.6 million acres of wildland. Their presence has dramatically reduced the killing of elephants and all other animals in the ecosystem.
“The astonishing images in This Empty World by Nick Brandt deliver the emotional shock rarely felt, but urgently needed, to accelerate global conservation.” — E.O.Wilson, Theorist, Biologist, Author
“In Inherit The Dust, Nick Brandt’s unvarnished, harrowing but stunning work, brings us face to face with a crisis, both social and environmental, demanding the renewal of humanity itself.” —Kathryn Bigelow, Film Director, The Hurt Locker
Naima Green: Brief and Drenching ~ April 16 through June 14, 2020
Naima Green’s photography conducts experiments in being. Her portrait-making begins in the form of an invitation to her sitter, to co-create a context and allow themselves to evolve within it.
Her most recent experiment pictures the transient self at play. Through Pur·suit, a deck of 54 playing cards featuring photographs of queer womxn, trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people, Green photographed over 100 sitters in 9 days to create an object through which both play and contemporary documentation cohere. In this co-collaboration with Toby Kaufmann, Green inverts hierarchies of power that often exclude stories and contributions by Black people and people of color. Green honors her community, which deserves to be seen and remembered.
In Brief and Drenching, Green moves from a traditional photography studio into the stage of her apartment. Within this space, the artists’ short film, Between Pearls and Teeth, upsets the comfortable domestic setting with a sequence of unnerving intimate confrontations. Further into the gallery, a birthing stool made by the artist in collaboration with Ivan Ontiveros is presented as an object of support to brace oneself against this scene of imbalance.
The theme of brevity is multifold, referencing the instantaneous nature of the making of an image or a quick interaction between a group of people, and though however brief, these actions can create infinite and rippling effects, memories, and a long-lasting sense of community for her sitters.
We offer congratulations to Fotografiska New York for being one of several landmarked projects honored by The Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards for 2020, to be held on April 23, 2020.
Fotografiska New York is located in the Flatiron District in a six-floor, 45,000 square foot building. The new, multi-concept venue will feature three floors of galleries, an esteemed hospitality partner, STARR Restaurants, a highly curated retail offering, and a versatile event space. The building, located at 281 Park Avenue South was constructed in the 1890s, and is also know as the Church Missions House, a historic building and registered landmark in an area once known as Charity Row.