On my affair with UNSEEN Amsterdam

I should have been blogging day and night the last week as UNSEEN Amsterdam was on fire and I was there to make sure I get close enough. (Well. I am always there, all day every day as a devoted volunteer, ready to serve, ever since the very first festival back in 2012.)

Since it is sort of late to come up with a long and meaningful post I will simply let you know who and what was my favourite. You all are dying to know, after all.

Whoever missed the somewhat hidden Amsterdam Diorama by Sohei Nishino should start Googling it like crazy. It’s one jaw-dropping master piece. (Despite the fact that it’s made of 1000 smaller prints.) If I had the money I would buy the whole thing along with a canal house with a wall big enough for that gorgeous, captivating, inspiring work of art. It was really, really hard to walk away.

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Stina Gromark and Louise Naunton’s Human Printer was something I didn’t find very interesting – until the moment I started to help them. I love the concept! And I am the happiest person ever that I was given the chance to work on their biggest piece so far.

My favourite gallery remains M97 from Shanghai with their bold, experimental imagery. If there is only one UNSEEN artist you are willing to check out make it Wang Ningde. Impressive stuff.

It is pretty hard to tell you which photographer’s work I liked the most. 53 galleries… 53 GALLERIES!!! Not to mention the side projects. Nevertheless, Michael Wolf’s series taken in Paris was the first one that made me stop and stand still for long, long minutes. That’s a good enough reason to mention him here, isn’t it?

[Paris Tree Shadows no. 4 by Michael Wolf, 2014]

It was another wonderful week full of stirring vibes. New friends, lovely summer weather, talented artists everywhere. Volunteering at UNSEEN is a highlight of the year. See you there again in about 357 days.

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