Diversity and inspiration at Unseen 2017

Spectrum Photographic travelled to Amsterdam for Unseen 2017 last weekend.

Unseen Amsterdam presented ground-breaking work by 142 established and emerging artists from 53 international galleries over three days.

The fair aims to connect and inspire photographers, collectors, curators and enthusiasts from around the world.

“Unseen offers a fantastic opportunity to see emerging artists from international galleries in one venue,” said Kayung Lai, from Spectrum Photographic.

“The atmosphere was just so exciting.”

LIVE WILD installation shot

The Unseen Premieres

The fair lived up to its name with The Unseen Premieres giving visitors the opportunity to view work never shown before.

Kayung said: “Artists were encouraged to premiere work so there was a real sense of expectation and surprise throughout the weekend”.

“This is just one of the reasons why Unseen is such a great event – the opportunity to discover new work and artists.”

Adam Jeppesen installation shot

Exhibiting galleries

Adam Jeppessen presented his Folded series with the Van Der Mieden Gallery.

The archival inkjet prints on folded rice paper, framed in oak, depicted stunning glacier scenes.

Van Der Mieden Gallery also presented work by Filip Dujardin, Martina Sauter and Hanne van der Woude.

A glance at the location of the galleries taking part in Unseen showed why this is a truly international event.

Artists from around the world were represented. From Iran’s Ag Galerie and Switzerland’s Bildhalle to the United States’ Danzinger Gallery and East Wing from Qatar.

Artistic duo TILO&TONI is made up of Tim Cullmann and Lorenz Reinard. They describe themselves as ‘two brothers in mind’ who found each other by sharing an interest in art and everyday lifestyles.

TILO&TONI installation shot


Unseen CO-OP

A new project this year was the Unseen CO-OP. It saw 13 collectives from around the world pushing the boundaries of photography.

Created in 2014, LIVE WILD collective aims to produce work which speaks about social and cultural issues and triggers debate. Seven young artists worked with collage, gif, videos and photography – or so everyone thought.

At Unseen it was revealed solo artist Camille Lévêque has been acting as a collective. Camille revealed the three-year long performance was to highlight the limitations placed on individuals.

LIVE WILD installation shot

Unseen Amsterdam

Unseen 2017, Friday, September 22, to Sunday, September 24, Gashouder of the Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam.

For more information, visit unseenamsterdam.com

Unseen is a leading platform for contemporary photography.

Exclusively focusing on what is new in the world of photography, it provides a platform for up and coming artists to showcase their work.

Copy by Sheena Campbell for Spectrum Photographic.