Exhibition and Symposium: The Photographic I. Other Pictures
S.M.A.K., Gent, 07. 10. 2017 – 07. 01. 2018
Symposium: 23. 11. – 24. 11. 2017
The Photographic I – Other Pictures comprises work by artists and photographers including Lewis Baltz, Tina Barney, Mohamed Bourouissa, Moyra Davey, Marc De Blieck, Sara Deraedt, Patrick Faigenbaum, Peter Fraser, Alair Gomes, Jitka Hanzlová, Roni Horn, Stephanie Kiwitt, Aglaia Konrad, Jochen Lempert, Zoe Leonard, Jean-Luc Moulène, Zanele Muholi, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Trevor Paglen, Doug Rickard, Torbjørn Rødland, Michael Schmidt, Arne Schmitt, Allan Sekula, Ahlam Shibli, Malick Sidibé, Danayata Singh, Wolfgang Tillmans, Marc Trivier, and Tobias Zielony.
The Photographic I – Other Pictures is the first part of a diptych spread over two years. The exhibition comprises new and existing work by around 20 international artists and photographers ranging from the 1960s to the present.
The selection demonstrates a lively interest in the power of the still image as a means of examining the world. It concentrates on indefinable images with an open view, whose multi-layering requires slow reading.
John Szarkowski once formulated the familiar distinction between photos that act as a window on the world and photos intended to reflect their maker. Other Pictures demonstrates that photographic images can perform both functions at the same time: they focus on the world and they invariably approach their subject in a subjective and sensory manner.
Photographic images not only show the world we live in, but are among its essential building blocks. New ways of producing and distributing images, and technological innovation in the civil and military spheres, make the medium repeatedly evolve in new directions and also seep into current artistic practice. The way photographers and artists handle these recent possibilities and challenges is one of the focal points of this exhibition.
To accompany this presentation, Roma Publications Amsterdam are publishing an exhibition magazine.
Symposium on the 23th and 24th of November 2017
A symposium organised in association with the Thinking Tools research group (KASK Antwerp) is being held on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November 2017. In a programme comprising lectures, talks by artists and portfolio viewings, national and international speakers present a picture of where photography currently stands in the field of contemporary art. More details will follow.