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Bildhalle Zurich presents 'DOUGLAS MANDRY – EQUIVALENCES', master of historical analog and contemporary digital techniques

The Zurich BILDHALLE kicks off the autumn season with wonderfully atmospheric photos by Douglas Mandry. "We are delighted to present the second solo exhibition by successful Swiss artist Douglas Mandry. On display are works produced exclusively over the past two years, including his latest 'Monuments' series. Appearing at the same time as the exhibition 'EQUIVALENCES' is Douglas Mandry's illustrated book of the same name." says Mirjam Cavegn & the Bildhalle team.

Artist Douglas Mandry (*1989, CH) lives and works in Zurich. He graduated from Lausanne College of Art and Design, the ECAL, with a BA in Visual Communication and Photography. Since then, he has been nominated for awards several times, including the Paul Huf Award, the Swiss Federal Design Award and the shortlist of the Prix Voies-Off. His works have been exhibited internationally at Photo London and UNSEEN (solo presentation in 2017).

Mandry's artistic practice is a direct consequence of the digitization of photography and the technical acceleration accompanying it. Always starting with an analog photo, he edits everything by hand with the consistent application of various historical photographic processes followed by physical cutting and splicing.

"Douglas Mandry not only gives his landscape shots a more realistic appearance by coloring them but, moreover, dissects them with his focus on the creative process. Mandry dyes his landscapes, thus bringing new layers to the image plane. Which makes him quite like a painter, who turns his sketches of a location into a painting subsequently at the studio," says Mirjam Kooiman, Foam Museum Amsterdam.

Douglas Mandry signed his first illustrated book entitled EQUIVALENCES on 4 October (RVB Books Paris). Those of you who could not make it to the vernissage can reserve a copy (price 60 CHF, signed, linen cover, 22 x 28 cm, 105 pages). Plus, 50 special editions with signed analog print are available (17 x 23 cm): Special Edition price: 285 CHF. Reservation via
04.10.2018 // show complete article

GoSee loves : Albarrán Cabrera 'Remembering the Future' – photographic memories with Japanese aesthetics – the dream exhibition by Spanish photographer duo Angel Albarran and Anna Cabrera in BILDHALLE, Zurich

The artistic duo ALBARRÁN CABRERA (Angel Albarran and Anna Cabrera) are appearing for the first time in Switzerland with their exhibition REMEMBERING THE FUTURE in Bildhalle, Zurich. For many years, the two were the printers of choice for a number of museums and photographers such as Masao Yamamoto. For some time now, they have been working as successful artists themselves – experimenting with traditional and experimental print techniques playing an important role in their work: Each print is handcrafted with the greatest care. They are not only masters of traditional processes such as platinum prints, they also have developed print technologies which are unique all over the world: printing photographs with pigments on thin Japanese paper, which is then laid over gold leaf. Each print is a convincing unique piece with poetic and sensual power.

They have spent a lot of time in Japan, and their travels to the country have strongly influenced the aesthetic content of their work. The content of their work deals with the topic of 'Memory': The fact that every image evokes different memories in different viewers, with just as different social and cultural backgrounds, runs through their work as a leitmotif.

Albarran Cabrera explain their work as follows: "We are our memories. They define what and who we are and help us to understand our reality. When we remember, we do not simply recall a perfect representation of the past. We reconstruct our memories based on a set of things that happened, combined with what we perceived and imagined. Consequently, each time we recall an event, we change it. We construct a skeleton with the most important facts and fill in the gaps with our imaginations. Thinking about the future is one of the main characteristics of being human. We visualize the future: imagining what will happen and how we’ll react. When we think about the future, we do the same mental work as when we remember. We just remember a future that has not happened yet. The two activities, remembering the past and remembering the future, are deeply connected and never stop. We perform these activities throughout our lives, in a more or less conscious way, in order to define ourselves and to understand our world.

Memories are the leitmotif that runs through all our photographic work. They help us to define our identity; and thinking about the past and the future when organizing our memories is how we perceive the passing of time. What is more, we believe that this ability to remember is not only confined to human beings. Since the beginning of time, and even before that, Earth has also been storing its own memories of everything that has happened since time began."

The mouth of Krishna, This is you, Kairos, Unseen 2016
Why all the time, Galeria Valid Foto, Barcelona, Spain, 2016
This is you, Kochuten Gallery, Japan, 2016
The Mouth of Krishna, This is you, Unseen 2015
The Mouth of Krishna, Photomed Festival, Lebanon, 2015, Kochuten Gallery, Japan, 2014

Finalists in Kyoto at the Hariban Award 2015 with the portfolio of 'The Mouth of Krishna'
Finalists in Tokyo at the International Photography Festival 2014 2015 with the portfolio of 'This is you' (I have Photos therefore I am) portfolio

Albarrán Cabrera – Remembering the Future
Vernissage 1 March from 6:30pm

The gallery Bildhalle, founded by Mirjam Cavegn in 2013, deliberately takes on the responsibility of a long-standing Swiss tradition regarding photography and its distribution as an artistic medium. Thus, it represents outstanding classic and contemporary positions with the necessary consequence.
28.02.2018 // show complete article

From Studio 54 to the high society in LA – the speed, energy and absurdity of the 70s and 80s - Swiss Bildhalle presents WILLY SPILLER – STREET LIFE NY/LA 1977-1985

BILDHALLE presents photographs by the Swiss Willy Spiller (* 1947, Zurich), who lived in New York and Los Angeles between 1977 and 1985. Fascinated by the speed, the energy and the absurdity of the 1970s and '80s, he roamed the streets far and wide with his camera. Whether on rides with the subway, dancers at the legendary Studio 54, hip hop culture in the streets of New York or the poolside life of L.A.'s high society, Spiller captured all the many facets of a bygone world in images as varied, as fascinating and as absurd as that world itself had been.

His curiosity is sparked by change, whether through social transitions or those in aesthetics. In the process, he combines his curiosity for his fellow human beings with a profound understanding of the beauty of the banal and mundane in the world around him. It is this that ensures his place in the annals of great Swiss photography.Like many of the resonating names before him, he managed to translate empathy into form through strength of will.

"Willy Spiller is one of Switzerland's greatest living photographers. A man of his metier through and through, he has shown us that photography can often go deeper if it focuses on the surface and that great things are sometimes born of humility. Spiller is a photographer of people and their stories. His pictures decipher the human comedy: he succeeds in impressing us with the unremarkable, sees the tragedy in the ridiculous but also the humor in the depressing and the elegance in what is essentially tasteless. Aloof but invariably respectful, unsentimental but always driven by feeling, his photographs lead us through the present, and without going into too much depth, without any grand gestures, paint a glittering image of human achievement, passion and ambition," Tobia Bezzola, Swiss Art Historian and Director of the Folkwang Museum in Essen.

Willy Spiller has made a name for himself as a photojournalist. In 1968, he graduated from the College of Art and Design Zurich (ZHDK), followed by stays in Milan and six years in New York. As a photo journalist and photographer, he has worked for newspapers, magazines, agencies and international companies for 45 years. With his own artistic signature and precise eye, he documents Swiss and international celebrities of the second half of the 20th century, as well as Switzerland itself.

The exhibition is on display thru 27 January, 2018 (BILDHALLE, Stauffacherquai 56, 8004 Zurich).

12.12.2017 // show complete article