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'NOW LOOK HERE – The African Art of Appearance' Pop-up-Exhibition in Amsterdam showcases the work of 18 artists
NOW LOOK HERE – The African Art of Appearance, curated by Renny Ramakers, presents the work of eighteen African artists who upend perceptions of Africa through the use of digital media and photography. They are image makers who present a new visual language and identity in representation and presence by exploring irony, beauty, and style.

Yev Krav, PR & Press Director : 'This group exhibition showcases the work of eighteen African artists whose work at first glance stands out for its attention to outward appearance: everything is colourful, radiant, smooth, and aesthetic. On closer inspection, the seductive surface proves to be a lure that draws visitors into a deeper story, in which perspectives are reversed: white becomes black, stigma becomes beauty, a skivvy turns out to be a high priestess, and apparent footnotes to history are revealed as prominent figures.

The works address, directly or indirectly, the historical abuses and current troubles that dominate the media image of Africa. But the artists take charge of this image, and in doing so, set a completely different tone. What connects the photos, videos and performances in NOW LOOK HERE is a superior game of clichés and prejudices, in which humour, beauty and optimism challenge daily reality.

NOW LOOK HERE unites these art works under the thematic heading ‘The African Art of Appearance’. The exhibition is an outtake of the N’GOLÁ biennial on the African islands of São Tomé & Príncipe held earlier this year, from the 26th of July until the 18th of August 2019, curated by Renny Ramakers. During her research she was struck by the extent to which fashion, style and beauty can be manifestations of dignity, identity and self-realisation on the African continent. This paradox of apparent superficiality that actually functions as a serious counterforce, developed into an important theme for the exhibition. The end result in São Tomé & Príncipe emphasised this coherence. It provoked a dialogue between the artworks as much as between the artists —who were almost all present at the opening—that merits continuation.

All the artists participating in NOW LOOK HERE have therefore been invited to the Netherlands to participate in the public programme at the opening on 24 January 2020. The exhibition will be held in a former warehouse on the Asterweg, the new hotspot in Amsterdam Noord. The works in NOW LOOK HERE invite the public to look at Africa with fresh eyes: artists there have been working on a different narrative about the continent for quite some time: look, here, now.'

Artists : Tabi Bonney (Togo/USA), Blinky Bill (Kenya), Justin Dingwall (South Africa), Omar Victor Diop (Senegal), Sunny Dolat (Kenya), Samuel Fosso (Cameroon), Raquel van Haver (Colombia), Bobbin Case & Jan Hoek (Uganda & the Netherlands), Lola Keyezua (Angola), Osborne Macharia (Kenya), Emo de Medeiros (Benin/France), Sethembile Msezane (South Africa), Yves Sambu & Sapeurs (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Mary Sibande (South Africa), Buhlebezwe Siwani (The Netherlands/South Africa), Stephen Tayo (Nigeria) and Sarah Waiswa (Uganda). © // 10 files // show complete blog
IMAGE // Now. Look. Here. The African Art of Appearance (25 January - 23 February 2020)
IMAGE // Now. Look. Here. The African Art of Appearance (25 January - 23 February 2020)
IMAGE // Now. Look. Here. The African Art of Appearance (25 January - 23 February 2020)
IMAGE // Now. Look. Here. The African Art of Appearance (25 January - 23 February 2020)
IMAGE // Now. Look. Here. The African Art of Appearance (25 January - 23 February 2020)
IMAGE // Now. Look. Here. The African Art of Appearance (25 January - 23 February 2020)
IMAGE // Now. Look. Here. The African Art of Appearance (25 January - 23 February 2020)
IMAGE // Now. Look. Here. The African Art of Appearance (25 January - 23 February 2020)
IMAGE // Now. Look. Here. The African Art of Appearance (25 January - 23 February 2020)
IMAGE // Now. Look. Here. The African Art of Appearance (25 January - 23 February 2020)
Pace Gallery is honored to present a solo exhibition of new works by Light and Space master James Turrell at 6 Burlington Gardens.

On view from 11 February to 27 March 2020, the exhibition marks the artist’s ninth solo presentation with Pace and features four new works from his Constellation series. Influenced by the notion of phenomenology in pictorial art, Turrell’s early work focused on the dialectic between constructing light and painting with it, building on the sensorial experience of space, color, and perception. These interactions became the foundation for Turrell’s later developed oeuvre, which evolved to an investigation of the immateriality of light itself.

With these new pieces, Turrell continues his exploration of technological possibilities combined with sensory practices and gradient colors. Presented in site-specific chambers, the works feature elliptical and circular shapes with a frosted glass surface animated by an array of technically advanced LED lights, which are mounted to a wall and generated by computer programming. The light changes are subtle and hypnotic, one color morphing into the next. The program runs on a loop that is imperceptible to the viewer, prompting a transcendental experience.

Since his earliest Projection Pieces (1966–69), Turrell’s exploration has expanded through various series, including Skyspaces (1974–), Ganzfelds (1976–), and perhaps most notably, his Roden Crater Project—an unprecedented large-scale artwork created within a volcanic cinder cone near Flagstaff, Arizona. Representing the culmination of the artist’s lifelong research in the field of human visual and psychological perception, Roden Crater (1977-) is a controlled environment for the experience and contemplation of how we see light in varying contexts. With fundraising and construction already underway, the project, once completed, will contain 21 viewing spaces and six tunnels, offering a gateway to the contemplation of light, time and landscape. GoSee: pacegallery.com/artists/james-turrell/

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IMAGE // GOSEE ART - JAMES TURRELL at PACE GALLERY, London
Harley Weir’s 'WALLS' at Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
 'In 2012 on a work visiting Isreal I saw the wall that separates the country for the first time. It woke me up to the complicated truths of the world and is an important moment for me in becoming aware. With the divides around the world growing, the symbol of the wall seems ever pressing' Harley Weir.
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At MEP – Maison Européenne de la Photographie, visitors are welcomed to see the first solo show in France of the British photographer. It is a new project based on time spent at the Israel-Palestine border since the 2013 Israeli separation wall and the area encompassing it. It connects images taken during personal trips around East Jerusalem and the West Bank. 

Harley Weir - WALLS
04/12/2019 - 12/01/2020
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7, rue de Fourcy, 75004 Paris
www.mep-fr.org 

London-born photographer and director Harley Weir is known for creating intimate images and films in both her personal work and her acclaimed editorial and commercial work. Her images are often carefully composed with a highly attuned sense of colour, and composition. Having shot many campaigns for luxury brands, compelling editorials and a series of widely acclaimed personal projects, she has become a leading force in the photography and film industry.
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IMAGE // Harley Weir 'Walls' - MEP - Maison Européenne de la Photographie Paris (4 Dec 2019 - 12 Jan 2020)