The photographer team BAM presents an art project created with Creative Director Anna Berlin in Tenerife alongside commissioned work. The opening of ‘GUAYOTA – The Vanishing of Light’ will take place on Friday, 7 October starting at 7pm at the Tête Gallery (Schönhauser Allee 161A, 10435 Berlin). Also appearing is a hardcover book on the project which began at the beginning of 2022.
Guayota was the name of an evil demon who lived within the Mount Teide volcano in the mythology of the Guanches, the indigenous inhabitants of Tenerife. The primitive people once gave the volcano the name Echeyde, which means hell or home of the demon.
‘GUAYOTA – The Vanishing of Light’… “According to legend, GUAYOTA, a malevolent deity, kidnapped the sun and locked it up inside Teide, plunging the world into darkness. By praying to the god Achamán, humans could save the sun by locking GUAYOTA up inside Teide, instead. In this modernized version of the saga, GUAYOTA is still, to this day, trying to escape by deceiving humans. GUAYOTA uses hidden signs and objects like a mirror in an attempt to reopen Teide and cast darkness over the land once more.” BAM tells us.
Save the date. Follow the light.
29 ARTS IN PROGRESS is presenting ‘DIPTYCH’ until 19 November, 2022 – an exhibition by Italian photographer Toni Meneguzzo, for which the gallerists and the curator Giovanni Pelloso have selected over sixty works made using Polaroid large format (20 x 25 cm), many of which have never been shown before. The Polaroids are the trademark of the artist’s work, showcasing his contribution to fashion photography.
In his new works, the artist seeks to involve us in his experiments: through the use of acetate and transfer onto paper for the Polaroids, to the use of mirrors, thread and pigments – which upon interacting with the randomness of light and wind, give shape to immensely poetic abstract compositions.
The gallery on his work : “The artist pushes towards a truly contemporary language suggestive of an unpublished relationship between the Polaroid and the vividness of his most recent digital photographs, which combine a rigorous formal technique with an uninhibited use of the medium.”
“Tony Meneguzzo has always taken ‘a deeply personal approach to photography, combining a rigorous technique with an uninhibited use of the medium,’” Ivo Bonacorsi writes in his text for the exhibition. “The images, as if they were details from a painting, have been matched, layered and cut to produce a new, looser, non-definitive narrative, like a final layer of varnish applied to emphasize the absence of a subject as much as its presence in the landscape.”
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During nearly the entire month of May, 2021, French photographer duo Elsa & Johanna were on stay in northwestern Germany, visiting several villages in and around Moormerland, Lower Saxony. They found houses exuding a certain charm of yesteryear where they resided long enough to envision and bring to life their various characters – including disillusioned adolescents, housewives and fathers… An almost cinematic aesthetic characterizes the work of the duo.
The recourse to autofiction, at the heart Elsa & Johanna’s practice, enables the duo to stage scenarios with characters freed from their own identities, and by doing so, to examine contemporary issues such as individuality, as well as concepts of self-representation and anonymity. Their photos, as if taken from family albums, juxtapose portraits, snapshots and accidental photographs with fragments of interiors, proposing multiple and interrelated narratives of fictional daily lives.
The ‘Timeless Story of Moormerland’ opened at the European House of Photography in Paris on 7 September, 2022, and is still on show through 6 November.
Johanna Benaïnous, born 1991 in Paris, and Elsa Parra, born 1990 in Bayonne, are both based in Paris. In 2014, when Johanna was studying at Les Beaux-arts de Paris and Elsa was at Les Arts Décoratifs de Paris, they met in New York during an exchange program at the School of Visual Arts. Since that time, Elsa and Johanna have been collaborating on personal, editorial and commercial projects as an artistic photographer and director duo.
They were among the finalists of Le Prix HSBC pour la Photographie in 2016 and came in second place at Prix Picto de la Photographie de Mode in 2017. In 2018, their work entitled ‘A Couple of Them’ was added to the collection of the FMAC. Elsa & Johanna won the Public Prize at the 2019 Hyères Festival in the category Photography and were among the finalists of the Prix Découverte Louis Roederer at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020.
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