The chosen motifs represent different aspects of our reality. We move in different realities and take in different nuances of this curious collection of entities through our eyes. Light serves as the medium of visual representation. The art of photography is an attempt to describe this reality, crystallizing our view of it through a variety of processes and perspectives by “writing with light” and recording it for our fellow human beings. Our perspectives differ depending on the country and place we are in. Through the international selection of artists and their different ways of working, an interesting reflection of our world is created that gives us a view of unique and often invisible moments and places of our daily lives. Houses and trees appear like isolated beings in empty space, mannequins and statues come to life through exposure, and people become an unmoving and silent part of an everyday backdrop. Emotions and hidden thoughts are crystallized through the artist’s lens and freeze as a moment of a secret life before our eyes in the frame of an everyday scenery.
//Ahmed Salvador received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and his BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently an exhibitions coordinator at the Philadelphia International Airport’s Art and Exhibitions Program and a photography instructor at Fleisher Art Memorial. Ahmed has shown his work in various solo and collaborative shows, namely at the Halide Project, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Space 1026, and the Sol Mednick Gallery in Philadelphia, at Columbia College’s Hardwick Gallery in Columbia, Missouri, and at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
//Minagawa Takaumi lives and works in Japan. He recently participated in a group-exhibition at the America-Bashi Gallery in Shibuya. For this series he photographed mannequins and sculptures he encountered during his life. As we live in this world, we predict, understand, and sometimes use what is in front of us from past experience. That is why we may not be scared of what is always in front of us. In other words, you’ll notice that we’re not looking at “itself”, but at the image behind it or in our minds.
//Jacob Middleburgh works across both still and moving image making; his interests lie within European politics, identity, and constructions of collective memory, using ethnographic and archival processes within a documentary practice. The analog series examines public transport across borders, positing the train and bus as universally affective spaces, conditioned by the modern world. His photos were taking across 4 different cities over a period of four years.