2017 public programme highlights
May 18–21, 2017
Preview: May 17
Photo London has announced the Public Programme for the third edition of the Fair, which will take place May 18–21, 2017 (Preview May 17) at Somerset House. Featuring 87 galleries from 17 countries, Photo London presents new photographers, new work by established Masters and gems from the history of photography. Highlights of the programme include:
Taryn Simon (Master of Photography)
Photo London selected Taryn Simon as its Master of Photography for 2017 in recognition of her groundbreaking work. Meticulously mining, questioning and upsetting the certainty that the photographic image and the archive assert, Taryn Simon, turns our attention to the margins of systems of power, where control, its disruption, and the contours of their constructedness become visible. At Photo London, Taryn Simon will present Image Atlas, a work created in collaboration with programmer Aaron Swartz, which investigates cultural differences and similarities by indexing top image results for given search terms across local engines throughout the world. Photo London will also highlight Simon’s unique commitment to bookmaking as part of her artistic practice, with a display of Simon’s books—spanning from The Innocents, 2002, through to Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2016.
Photo London and Somerset House, in collaboration with Blain|Southern Gallery, presents Thresholds, a new virtual reality (VR) artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Mat Collishaw. Using the latest VR technology, Collishaw will restage Fox Talbot’s pioneering 1839 exhibition of photography. With the aid of Collishaw’s careful digital reconstructions, this immersive experience will enable visitors to travel back in time to the moment when British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot first presented his photographic prints to the public in Birmingham.
To mark the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, Martin Parr and his fellow photographer David Hurn have curated a selection of works from the collection that Hurn has compiled over six decades through a series of swaps with fellow photographers. Key images from Hurn’s distinguished career are juxtaposed with prints from the photographers with whom he has swapped works including Bill Brandt, Bruce Davidson, Sergio Larrain and Diana Markosian.
The Directors of Photo London have followed up last year’s Pavilion commission from Wolfgang Tillmans by inviting the legendary photographer and filmmaker William Klein to develop a new 18-metre mural for the space. Presented in association with HackelBury Fine Art, Klein’s commission combines unseen fashion, street and abstract photographs from the 1950s and 60s.
Isaac Julien is an internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker. One of the objectives of his practice is to break down the barriers that exist between different artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture, and uniting them to construct a powerfully visual narrative. The exhibition he has made for Photo London presents a body of work that revisits his seminal film Looking for Langston (1989), which is regarded as a cinematic landmark in the exploration of desire and the reciprocity of the gaze.
Juergen Teller will present a special exhibition for Photo London in the Great Arch of Somerset House. Teller has always been adept at navigating the art world and commercial photography, shooting high profile fashion campaigns for brands such as Celine, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Vivienne Westwood. He has published forty-one artist books and exhibition catalogues since 1996, which blur the boundaries between his commissioned and personal work.
dslcollection will present a multi-dimensional exhibition. Alongside the collection’s own virtual reality museum, there will be a seminal video work from the collection created by Chen Chieh Jen, one of the most influential figures in the development of Taiwanese conceptual art. Chieh Jen’s video work takes its inspiration from Louis Carpeaux’s famous 1905 photograph of a lingchi execution. As a counterpart to the historical references in Chen’s video, dslcollection presents the first virtual reality platform for a private art collection.