20-22 September – Unseen Amsterdam 2019

Unseen Photography Fair Amsterdam Unseen Photography Fair Amsterdam

Together with Unseen the Mondriaan Fund has invited a group of curators/directors from different backgrounds to participate in this year’s program during the Unseen Photography Fair 2019.

19-22.09 – Marc Mouarkec
Managing director of the Arab Image Foundation based in Beirut

Marc Mouarkech. Photo: Tarek Haddad

Marc Mouarkech. Photo: Tarek Haddad

He is pursuing a master’s degree in curatorial studies and art criticism at Saint Joseph University, Beirut and has a BA in Multimedia and visual arts from the Holy Spirit University, Kaslik.
Between 2010 and 2017 he worked at Galerie Tanit, Beirut/Munich where he became director of the Beirut branch in 2012. Between 2014 and 2015 he organized and co-curated several exhibitions in Beirut. In October 2015 he co-founded a collective of 8 curators that adopted the name of MADRASSA (School in Arabic). MADRASSA’s focus are the institutional and collective practices in the region. MADRASSA kicked off its own practices presenting the exhibition Something To Generate From at Kunsthal Aarhus in June 2016.

20-22.09 – Dr. Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger
PhD researcher and professor of Exhibition Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts, Helsinki

Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger

Dr. Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger

As a professor she is responsible for the MA-programme for curatorial studies, Praxis, at the University of the Arts Helsinki in Finland. Rastenberger is on the leave of absence from her position as the Chief Curator at The Finnish Museum of Photography, where she worked 2009–2016. Moreover, she is artistic director and co-founder of The Festival of Political Photography, Helsinki.
Rastenberger has extensive experience in exhibition projects, curating practices and the international exhibition scene of the contemporary arts. She has published widely about contemporary photography. In 2018 she co-edited a book titled Why Exhibit? Positions On Exhibiting Photographies at FW:books. Her special interests are exhibition as critical practice, feminist curation and running.

19-20.09 – Mark Sealy
Director Autograph ABP, London

Mark Sealy

Mark Sealy

Mark Sealy is a British curator and cultural historian with a special interest in the relationship of photography to social change, identity politics and human rights. In 1991 he became the director of Autograph ABP, the Association of Black Photographers, based since 2007 at Rivington Place, a purpose-built international visual arts centre in Shoreditch, London. He has curated several major international exhibitions and is also a lecturer.
As the director of Autograph ABP he has been responsible for initiating and delivering many exhibitions, residency projects and publications, as well as commissioning photographers and filmmakers.
Sealy has been a guest lecturer at the Royal College of Art and many other institutions in England and abroad, and has participated in many national and international conferences, including the ‘Historical Perspectives on International Curatorial Debates of the 1980s and 1990s’ panel at the Shades of Blackconference, Duke University (Durham, North Carolina) in April 2001, the 2011 symposium on ‘post-racial imaginaries’ held at the University of Westminster by the journal darkmatter and the ‘Reframing the Moment: Legacies of the 1982 Blk Art Group’, curated by Sonia Boyce and Keith Piper in 2012 at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. He has also been part of judging juries for prestigious awards such as the World Press Photo competition.

20-23.09 – Artur Walther
Founder of The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm (Germany) & New York (USA)

Artur Walther

Artur Walther

Walther is one of the leading collectors of photography in the world today. He began collecting photography in the late 1990s, initially focusing on German modernist photography. The Walther Collection has since grown to become one of the most important holdings of contemporary African and Asian photography and video art, as well as vernacular lens-based imagery from across the globe. His art foundation is dedicated to the critical understanding of historical and contemporary photography through a program of original research, in-depth collecting, scholarly publications, and extensive exhibitions. The Walther Collection presents exhibitions at its three-building campus in Neu-Ulm, Germany, its Project Space in New York, and in traveling installations worldwide.

20-23.09 – Nadine Wietlisbach
Director of Fotomuseum Winterthur

Nadine Wietlisbach

Nadine Wietlisbach

Wietlisbach devises exhibitions, publications and other discursive formats in the fields of contemporary photography and art. From 2015 till 2017 she was the director of Photoforum Pasquart Biel/Bienne, following her post as a curator at the Nidwaldner Museum in Stans. She founded the independent art space sic! Raum für Kunst in Lucerne in 2007. She worked for various institutions in South Africa and the United States, lastly at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago in 2015.

The participants will also take part in different Panels to be held at the fair.

Friday 20 September 13:15-14:45
Victoria & Albert Museum
 presents Collecting as an Agent for Social Change
Throughout the last decade, curators have introduced counter-narratives of photography by exploring alternative approaches to visual storytelling and questioning ethics within curating. Curators, photographers, and scholars aim to decolonise, restyle, and reinvent the global identity of communities. This conversation will challenge established categories and propose new requirements in an attempt to anticipate future conditions of the medium from the viewpoint of the curators and the institutions they represent.

Margriet Schavemaker (Artistic Director, Amsterdam Museum) in conversation with Mark Sealy (Director, Autograph ABP), Nadine Wietlisbach (Director, Fotomuseum Winterthur), Marc Mouarkech (Director, Arab Image Foundation), Marine Tanguy (Founder, MTArt Agency).

Saturday 21 September 12:00-13:00
LagosPhoto presents The Fluidity of Images – Globalised Aesthetics?
Recurring aesthetics in photography allow images to become relatable regardless of where or by whom they were taken. Does the digital circulation of images mean that people working in and around the photographic medium have an increased responsibility to question – or challenge – contemporary visual tendencies? Here, a panel of artists and experts consider the politics of representation, and whether the photographic field truly encourages diverse perspectives. Who has the right to filter what we see and how we see it, and what are the effects of so-called ‘globalised aesthetics’?

Dr. Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (curator, author, and researcher) in conversation with Joana Choumali (visual artist), Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee (visual artist and Founder, XING), and David Uzochukwu (visual artist).

Sunday 22 September 13:15-14:45
Victoria & Albert Museum presents Obsessions – What does it mean to be a collector?
The term ‘collector’ can be used to describe a multitude of professions, passions, and identities. To collect can be to amass, activate and safeguard; to both hoard and share. Hear from a range of voices discussing their varied experiences as collectors, delving deep into the power and purposes of collecting photography.

Catherine Troiano (Curator, National Trust) in conversation with Artur Walther (Founder, The Walther Collection), Paul Bogaers (visual artist), and Alexandra Lethbridge (visual artist).