Somewhere in densely populated Holland exists a twilight zone where it is possible to travel in time: a small strip of dunes separating polder and sea, just a twenty minute drive from the city of Amsterdam. In DUNE, Misha de Ridder unveils natural scenes so estranged and mysterious that they could be described as unreal realities. Lushly presented in this limited-edition artist book, De Ridder’s precise and highly detailed photographs call to mind Dutch landscape paintings of the 17th century and Romantic Era. In the barren and tormented nature of the dunes, it is light, color and atmosphere that salvage the memory of a wilderness lost.
This screening presents the London debut of Community Action Center, a sociosexual video by A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner that explores sexuality through an intergenerational cast of friends, lovers and collaborators set to a soundtrack of music by Chicks on Speed, Effi Briest, Electrelane, K8 Hardy, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Light Asylum, MEN, Motherland, NGUZUNGUZU, I.U.D. (Lizzi Bougatsos & Sadie Laska), Kinski and Thee Majesty (Genesis P-Orridge), with original compositions by Justin Bond, Nick Hallett & Sam Greenleaf Miller, Ashland Mines & Wu Tsang, Sergei Tcherepnin and Tri-State Area.
Adult content, viewer discretion advised.
Stuart Shave / Modern Art is hosting a solo exhibition of new work by Linder. This will be Linder’s second solo exhibition with Modern Art and her first solo show in London for four years. This show presents an expansive body of new collages by Linder: image making that is both critical and seductive. Linder exhibits manual collage and concrete manipulation of found images as intimately scaled physical works and lavishly printed lightbox transparencies. These new collages draw their subject matter from the pages of contemporary pornographic and domestic magazines in a working method that sees pornography and food-photography as analogues for one other; exploring the creation and sating of desires which stem from monstrous cultural hypertrophies of base biological drives. In recent years Linder is focusing on performances again, revolving around a collection of themes expanding upon the sense of gender identity and politicised cultural transgression developed in her earlier performances and ongoing collage works, while further incorporating elements of avantgarde music, costumed and enacted social identity, and overlapping concerns that expand on durational and collaborative formal explorations. For further information check the link below.
Silvia Evangelisti, graduated in modern literature with a thesis in History of Contemporary Art, received in 1986 a PhD in art history and from that year teaches History of Contemporary Art and, since 1992, Methodology of Criticism at Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. From 1983 to 1990 she worked at the chair of the Department of History of Contemporary Visual Arts, University of Bologna, in 1988 and has taught as adjunct professor. In 1988 she started working as a consultant with Arte Fiera di Bologna, becoming artistic director in 2003, a position she’s still holding. She has been involved in ancient art and in contemporary art, taking care of exhibitions and catalogs for museums and public institutions and publishing essays and books devoted to artists of the twentieth century. From 1983 to 2004 is a correspondent of “The Art Newspaper”. She carries out a constant activity of lectures and conferences on the themes of modern and contemporary art at public and private institutions, like the University of Bologna, Fondazione Roberto Longhi in Florence, the SSW, the MAMbo of Bologna, University of Romagna. In 2000 is invited to deliver a series of lectures at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Bilbao and in 2008 at Brown University in Provicence, Rhode Island. From 2000 to 2005 she was Director of the CNAM (National Council for Higher Education in Art and Music). From January 2001 to July 2005 is a member of the Joint Working Group CUN – CNAM.
From May 22nd onwards Impossible is facing Switzerland within the “Facing the Impossible” exhibition at ewz.selection in Zurich.
This analog portrait series project on Impossible instant film has already travelled Cologne and New York City. For the exhibition in Zurich, a selection of the finest Swiss photographers has created exclusive works that will be exhibited from May 22nd – 29th at EWZ Unterwerk Selnau in Zurich. The featured artists are: Adrian Ehrat, Andrea Rist, Anne Gabriel Jürgens & Marvin Zilm, Bernhard Stoller, Chris Mettraux, Esther Michel, Lena Amuat & Zoë Meyer, Oliver Bartenschlager & Carla Kiefer, Ornella Cacace, Peter Fuchs and Play Hunter.
Julie is a writer, critic and editor from New York, now bouncing between New York — where she works for an architecture magazine — Stockholm, Paris, and London. She’s been editor at Phaidon Press and online arts editor for Dossier Journal in New York, and has worked for the New York Times, Svensk Form and Artforum magazine. She’s mostly interested in contemporary art and photography, but she also writes about fashion, architecture, film and anything else that could reasonably fall under the rubric of art and culture.
Estonia celebrates 20 years of independence this year, and as part of the ongoing celebrations, Tallinn, the European Capital of Culture for 2011, is hosting UNICEF Blue Week. As part of the Blue bash, Tallinn’s Kino Sõprus, is screening, together with a bunch of other music docs, Anhtony Secks’s Look At What The Light Did Now, a documentary film about Feist and her collaborators. The film follows Feist and her supporting cast through an impressionistic array of flickering scenery, echoing stadiums, puppet workshops, the red carpet, a crumbling French mansion, definitive concert performances and uncommonly candid interviews. Itself a part of the creative mosaic it portrays, LAWTDN illuminates the synergy of collaboration, art as magnifying glass, and the power of trust. From the steps of the Kino you can’t miss the Kiek in de Kök, the giant 15th century artillery tower that dominates the old town. Whether you climb the 38 dizzying meters to the top or circle the base to see the cannon balls from 1577 stuck in its walls, don’t miss the photography gallery hidden inside.
Amelianna Loiacono is a freelance stylist, she was born in Bari but she’s living in Milan since 1996 and working for italian Elle since 1999. Lately she’s been styling Demi Moore and other celebrities in Los Angeles, singer Jovanotti in his new video and she’s currently working for 3 magazines in Lebanon and next month she’ll be in Beirut to shoot some editorials and to prepare the styling for a fashion show. Amelianna loves cinema too, and she’s been costume designer for “The Protagonist” Luca Guadagnino’s first movie starring Tilda Swinton.
Caroline is from Boston, but she’s been living in Paris for the past six years. She’s the director and executive editor of Purple Fashion magazine. The Parisian cult magazine was started by Olivier Zahm and Elein Fleiss in 1992 and now boasts an international cast of tastemakers, fashion legends and artists among its subjects and readers. Caroline also works daily on feeding Purple’s most recent project, www.purple.fr.