No joke for Roger Ballen and Asger CarlsenPress Release -
In the collaborative project titled No Joke, artists Roger Ballen (1950, VS) and Asger Carlsen (1973, DK) explore the more sinister sides of the human psyche. Together the duo produced 37 images, without ever working in the same studio at the same time: their creative exchange and co-creation has been a purely online affair. Their menacing work evokes a sense of anxiety and longing that is usually experienced only in dreams.
Stretching, 2016 © Roger Ballen & Asger Carlsen
Although Roger Ballen lives in Johannesburg and Asger Carlsen in New York, the two artists have been working together online for some four years. In their bizarre universe, Carlsen’s use of the human body as a plastic medium and Ballen’s interest in collages and the occult merge together. They create a...
Exhibition : « Second Skin » | Foam in Van Loon IV | Amsterdam
In 2005, 2009 and 2012, Museum Van Loon already graciously opened its historical rooms for Foam. The two museums are located opposite each other on the Keizersgracht. Since Foam will be closing its doors temporarily to prepare its major exhibition Helmut Newton – A Retrospective, Foam and Museum van Loon are again organising an exhibition together, called Second Skin. In this exciting collaboration between the two institutions, five contemporary artists explore the human body through photography and film.
Museum van Loon has traditionally been home to a large amount of portraiture, one of the most classical forms of corporeal representation. In Second Skin five artists respond to this genre by taking the image of our physical ‘self’ and commenting on it, manipulating it, distorting and d...
3 projects by Asger Carlsen à la Galerie Olivier Robert
Asger Carlsen se plait à se voir sculpteur et exploite la photo comme une matière première, élastique, malléable, généreuse, qui lui pardonne tout. L’image n’est plus qu’une surface pareille à une peau qu’il manipule. Aucune trace de son passage et pourtant le résultat suinte de sa signature.
Il se dit chanceux car son sujet est clair, identifié au premier regard. L’oeil reconnait toujours le corps humain. Le noir et blanc lui permet d’échapper à une époque et d’ancrer son travail dans une réalité - imaginée. Il le dit simplement : “le noir et blanc appartient aux journaux, il documente la réalité et rend l’information véridique“. Asger se faufile entre l’ambigüe et le familier. Mi absurde, mi réel. J&...
fALSEfAKES : central exhibition of the 4th photo-triennal 50JPG
The central exhibition in the 50JPG seeks to question the documentary character of photography. We all seem to share the assumption that anyone producing optical images is providing testimony on the tangible world. But this positivistic, pro-scientific nineteenth-century belief has been shaken by the ‘derealisation’ of our lives and the increasingly spectacle-oriented quality of news in contemporary capitalist society. Moreover, that process includes artists like Jeff Wall and Cindy Sherman who reverse the usual codes in photography.
© Paul Graham
The exhibition fALSEfAKES seeks to probe the documentary value of photography. Whether we are producers or viewers of photos, we all seem to share the assumption that anyone recording images using an optical device is, i...
The World in Turmoil Young Photojournalism in the NinetiesThe Prize for Young Photojournalism was established on the initiative of Hansjoachim Nierentz in collaboration with photojournalist Eberhard Grames. It ran between 1991 and 2003 and was sponsored by Agfa. The competition, which attracted entries from around 2,800 young photojournalists over the years, aimed to discover images which told stories; pictures of individuals illustrating the many states of humanity: the perpetual suffering, joy, war, disease and suppression.
Image series by the prize winners and other outstanding individual shots from the seven competitions were given to the German Historical Museum in spring 2007. This new acquisition gave rise to the current exhibition, which reveals the world of the nineties from the perspective of young photojournalism. The young photographers witnessed it all - from the...