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Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Marjolaine Gallet - Archival Studies

Oct 19, 2016

Archival Studies is a project investigating family photographic material using photographs taken by my father, from his earliest work as a teenager in the early 70s until he gradually stopped taking pictures in the late 90s. This project started as my father was diagnosed at an early age with Alzheimer’s disease. Considering this set of photographic material as part of the depository of his memory, I am attempting to generate a dialogue with him - now made impossible in person by his condition - through the alteration of these existing images. The photographs are being physically manipulated and recontextualised, looking at the actual photographic content as well as the archive as a sculptural object. These visual relations to antecedent realities echo to the illusion of permanence and intend to offer an alternative space for fictional memories or sometimes honor the absence of memories. Becoming a hide and seek game of the moment in space and time my father once fixed, the work tries to play with tensions within the photographic landscape such as analog and digital, stagged and unstagged, image and photograph.

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Veronica Puche – Such as my great uncle, eaten by a shark

Oct 25, 2016 - Marjolaine Gallet

"Such as my great uncle, eaten by a shark is a project of photographs and short stories. The title refers to an unfortunate and ridiculous event in which my great uncle leapt into shark-infested waters in order to impress a girl. His disappearance led to a massive search. Only his left leg was found. The main source of inspiration for this body of work comes from my family archive of images as well as oral and written histories. I collect, recreate, and merge stories in order to reconfigure them into new narrative possibilities. My pieces are in conversation with my family history, nationality and personal experience resulting in a portrayal of several juxtaposed realities. My dual Colombian and Nicaraguan heritage leads to questions about the complexity of identity in Latin-America." Verónica Puche (b.1984, Bogotá, Colombia) is a New York-based artist working with photography and video. With a background in industrial design, her work explores new ways to interact with an image. She brings fragments of her memory and intimate internal dialogs to reality through her work while simultaneously addressing social and historical issues. She is part of Frozen Palms Collective. http://www.vpuche.com

Kasia Gumpert – Surface

Oct 24, 2016 - Marjolaine Gallet

Kasia Gumpert (b. Poland) is a New York-based photographer. Her work investigates the medium of photography in the context of contemporary visual culture. Gumpert’s practice is questioning the traditions of landscape and still life photography. Her images are a visual interplay between representation and abstraction. Gumpert's current project, the series of Surface (2016) explores the connection between collage and photography and its representation through mass distributed genre of nature photography. Her relationship between intimate images and objects juxtaposed with carefully composed personal narratives utilize appropriated images to create new compositions. Contorting the found images, mostly drawn to colorful and reflective materials and shapes, she is interested in layered images that generate a new territory from conventional interpretations of landscape and studio photography.   Gumpert graduated with a BFA in Art and Film Studies from Hunter College (2010), NY and received her MFA from the International Center of Photography-Bard College (2014). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the shows at the International Center of Photography (NY), Trestle Gallery (NY) and Copro Gallery (Los Angeles). She has also presented work at the Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw, Poland) and Neue Galerie (Augsburg, Germany). http://www.kasiagumpert.com

Marco Scozzaro – Digital Deli

Oct 22, 2016 - Marjolaine Gallet

I’m happy to share today the work of Marco Scozzaro whom I met a few months ago at the 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program (I highly recommend the NYFA mentorship program if you are a non US citizen artist based in New York!). “With Digital Deli, I set out to investigate the visual vernacular and the inevitable image consumption of mass communication culture. I am interested in decoding the universe of signs of the disorienting contemporary landscape - both real and virtual - and how these reflect the way the social superstructure shapes behaviors and identities. I observe the everyday aiming at understanding the uncertain dimension I find myself now and the related feeling of displacement. I am attracted by the generic and the mundane, and I focus my attention on subtle details that can unveil new worlds. I am intrigued by the possibility of unifying opposites by juxtaposing images that are, on first viewing, different but related on a much broader level. I use cultural artifacts, appropriation, humor and a variety of different photographic approaches to explore the fine line between reality and fiction and how photography and its inherent artifice fit in this gap.” Marco Scozzaro (1979) is an Italian artist based in New York City. His practice focuses on photography, music, installation, and video. He studied psychology at the University of Parma, Italy and photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. He is a freelance photographer and teaches photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York. http://www.marcoscozzaro.com

643 Collective – The City Project

Oct 19, 2016 - Marjolaine Gallet

Hi! For this first post, I am showing some images from 643 Collective - a group of photographers we founded with fellow International Center of Photography alumni after graduating in 2013. Images presented here are spreads from our City Project zines. The City Project is an attempt to compose a visual and poetic inventory of the city of the 21st century. It is made of images from New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Berlin, Sao Paulo and other Megalopolises. The photographs are presented in an ABC zine collection, exploring 26 themes, in an attempt to apprehend the complexity and the many facets of city life in a playful way. Each topic works as a dialogue between the 643 Collective members, wandering in our respective cities, collecting our urban experiences and then intersecting our perceptions of the world. Our approach is sensorial and experiential based on the collective members’ different feelings, perceptions, cultures and backgrounds. Its ambition, if any, is to portray the big city with curious eyes, sometimes amazed, sometimes worried by what we see.   643 Collective is a group of 6 photographers (Karine Baptiste, Daniel de Carvalho, Marjolaine Gallet, Dasom Im, Alexandre Morvan and Anna White) who released their self published zine collection “The City Project” at the New York Art Book Fair at Moma PS1 in September 2016. The City Project has been exhibited at the School of the International Center of Photography, Photoville Brooklyn and selected in various book and zine festivals around the world including Brooklyn zine Fest, Athens Photo Festival, Annual Zine and Self-Published Photobook Fair at the Camera Club of New York and Feira Plana in São Paulo. http://643collective.com