April 14, 2014

Youngho Kang

99 Variations

’99 Variations’ - Self-portrait. 
It is the metamorphic alchemy of the camera and the mirror. 
Inside me, there are gods, men and women, and androgynous mutants. They co-exist with my present self, and ‘we’ are all interrelated. 
I brought a key, the camera, opened the door to the secret passage, the mirror, woke up my mythical archetypes, and lured them out into the world.

To be connected to another ‘me’ reflected in the mirror, with an endlessly switching spot, is a kind of communication that blurs the distinction between the image and the reality. Which, I discovered at the end of my work. Music was turned on, and I took pictures of my selves while I danced and acted.

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April 14, 2014

Brian Shumway

Young Ones

Young Ones stitches together work from personal travels and projects as well as assignments that focus on children and childhood. Here are children diagnosed with social and behavioral disorders in Idaho, victims of Hurricane Katrina displaced to east Texas, children surviving inside Managua city’s trash dump in Nicaragua while others, by some lucky stroke of fate, have a seemingly care-free suburban middle-class life in Utah, still others attend an inter-racial religious summer camp in the woods outside Atlanta while kids from less fortunate circumstances live in a homeless shelter with their mothers in small-town California, others on vacation explore New York City streets and frolic around Coney Island’s amusement park, and others are kids with kids. At times contemplative, humorous, and somber, moments from various children’s lives who have no obvious connection come together to form a broad, cohesive, and unique interpretation of a subject we think we know.

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April 14, 2014

Tsutomu Yamagata

Thirteen Orphans

This is the story of the singular people who gather at the lotus pond in Tokyo.

One day an old man in a plain suit sat next to me by a pond in a park. He began to put powder on his face and changed into a woman’s kimono. He started dancing to the Japanese ballad that came over his radio, smiling all over his face. He told me that he was a master of Japanese dancing, that he was a homosexual, and that he had cancer. Another day, I met an old millionaire in underwear who rode a rickety bicycle, and yet another day, I met a devilish-looking man who in fact was a mammy’s boy. The pond is a wide lotus pond called Shinobazunoike. As I went there more often, I met more people like them. Before long, I began to take photographs of them and listen more to their stories.

There is something about the people I met at the pond that peculiarly attracts me, something more than just how they look, just what they say about themselves. It is as if they had a kind of magnetic power, unseen and quiet, further attracting those who take a close look at them.

I go to the pond often and share time with the people. Each subject has his or her own background and character so unique that no stereotype can define them. It is as if all sorts of mutually-conflicting and complex human characters – vigor and weakness, harshness and gentleness, beauty and ugliness, and so forth – all reveal themselves as they are in each person, and quietly create a magnetic power of his or her own.

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April 14, 2014

Marius Schultz

First there was nothing. A story of the universe told by trees.

In most religions trees tells the story of wisdom and the circle of life. But what do they see? Besides the tree, the branches, the leaves, and the roots? My project is to discover the trees, the growth through seasons — with beauty and reality in mind. Not as a painter or a fairytale teller. But as a watcher of today. The red haired girls represent the relation of time and human reproduction. Trees alone doesn’t tell anything without humans. The project started in 2008 and will continue.

From Norse mythology:

In the middle of Asgard, where the gods lived, was Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil was the tree of life. It was an eternal green Ash tree; its branches stretched out over all of the nine worlds, and extended up and above the heavens. (See more at: http://www.viking-mythology.com/yggdrasil.html)

The tree of life, referred to in Genesis, is the symbol of God’s provision for immortality in the Garden of Eden. Of all the trees that were in the Garden of Eden, two were named for their great importance, but just as one — the tree of life — was a blessing to Adam and Eve, the other was to become a curse for all of their posterity. “And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground — trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:9).

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April 14, 2014

Hossein Fatemi

Veiled Truths

The Hijab, a headscarf worn by Muslim women in the presence of men they are not closely related to, divides opinion both in Muslim countries and in secular countries which Muslims call home. In the Islamic Republic of Iran, where Shia Islam has become the very raison d’être of the current state following the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the wearing of an approved form of head covering for women is relatively strictly enforced, regardless of the level of religious observance a woman may adhere to at home. So called Basij, or members of the ‘Organization for Mobilization of the Oppressed’, a volunteer citizens militia, roam the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities, monitoring religious observance and clamping down on such illegal activities as fraternising between unmarried couples and the ownership of satellite dishes. 

Improper dress code, including insufficient coverage of head, shoulders and chest of women in public is officially illegal and can incur arrest and heavy fines. Though Iran’s new president, Hasan Rohani, who is seen by many as a moderate and a reformer, has said publicly that guidance on women’s dress code should be encouraged through education rather than enforced by the police, secular Iranian women continue to face censure for insufficiently modest dress. Hossein Fatemi met 20 women, some of whom wear the Hijab voluntarily, and photographed them through their veils, giving a rare insight into the private spheres of Iranian women, many of whom are not allowed to appear in public how they want to.

April 14, 2014

Rachel Graves

Menagerie

Bird, bitch, fox… UK photographer Rachel Graves created a menagerie of characters based on the derogatory terms that women hear on the street every day. These self-portrait diptychs are disarmingly simple, seductive and thought-provoking.
1. Bird 2
2. Bird 1
3. Bitch 2
4. Fox 1
5. Fox 2
6. Cat 1
7. Lamb 2
8. Cat 2
9. Bitch
10. Lamb 1

April 14, 2014

Albárran Cabrera

Krishna

The mouth of Krishna
 

There is the story of the infant Krishna, wrongly accused of eating a bit of dirt. His mother, Yashoda, coming up to him with a wagging finger scolds him: “You shouldn’t eat dirt, you naughty boy.” “But I haven’t,” says the unchallenged lord of all and everything, in spot disguised as a frightened human child. “Tut! Tut! Open your mouth,” orders Yashoda. Krishna does as he is told. He opens his mouth and Yashoda gasps. She sees in Krisna’s mouth the whole complete entire timeless universe, all the stars and planets of space and the distance between them, all the lands and seas of the earth and the life in them; she sees all the days of yesterday and all the days of tomorrow; she sees all ideas and all emotions, all pity and all hope, and the three strands of matter; not a pebble, candle, creature, village or galaxy is missing, including herself and every bit of dirt in its truthful place. “My Lord, you can close your mouth,” she says reverently.

In any part of the universe there is a whole universe –Hamlet saw the infinite space in a nutshell; William Blake saw a world in a grain of sand, a heaven in a wild flower, and eternity in an hour.

April 13, 2014

Enrico Fabian

Portraits - Good Drugs Gone Bad

A series of portraits from my long term projects “Death for 50 Rupees” and “Phas Gaya - Being Stuck” which focus on the issue of generic pharmaceutical drug abuse in India.

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April 13, 2014

Tommaso Del Croce

Brighton

April 12, 2014

Mat Collishaw

Insecticide

2006-2009

C-type photo on dibond