HYBRIDS: “We are witnessing the forging of new realities”

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  The Amsterdam-based festival showcases artistic experimentation when confronted with hybridisation and change 

How are artists navigating the changing global landscape, and what stories are they telling in this ” new world “? Organised in collaboration with the photography platform Futures and the Melkweg Expo exhibition space, Hybrids: Forging New Realities as Counter-Narrative , is a festival built for Europe’s next generation associated with photographers, focusing on contemporary subjects such as technological development, counter-information, and the role of the photographic medium today and down the road.

Futures, co-funded by the Eu, has been building a global photo taking platform since 2017. The collective is composed of 14 core members, including British Record of Photography , Fotofestiwal Lodz, PhotoEspaña and others, together empowering earlier and mid-career photographers and developing their community. Within the festival’s new physical iteration’s main exhibition, 11 musicians share works in response to effect of technology on the human being and natural world. The particular 11 photographers, who are furthermore members, were selected via an internal open call by curator Marina Paulenka, founder of biannual photo festival Body organ Vida in Croatia, and former artistic director of Unseen Amsterdam. ”Each artist deals with various issues installing within the main thematic anchor; in this pressure cooker of hybridised experimentation, we are witnessing the forging of new facts each day, ” she explains.

© Hien Hoang.

Each artist’s work explores the relationship among humankind and the contemporary planet, yet notably, the relationship introduced is not always an aggressive one. The theme associated with ‘Hybridity’ runs through every piece, asking how our own increasingly symbiotic relationship with technology could both damage and develop us. Part of the main exhibition, Alexey Shlyk’s Swan Song – the site-specific installation – utilizes wallpaper, prints, video and sound looping in order to ask; which will prevail? The bodily or the virtual? In Shifters by Marta Bogdanska, the artist traces the story associated with human and animal romantic relationships, turning to the internet to store animal usage by militaries, intelligence agencies, and the police. In Carlos Alba’s Midnight Sun , the artist perceives light as a “colonisation” of darkness, investigating the human desire for technological brightness despite its ecological and psychological effects.

© Carlos Alba.

As well as the primary exhibition, the festival features a roster of workshops and panel discussions, which sees curators, researchers, scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, and ecologists join the photographic discussion. Another exhibition highlights the 68 new Futures talents – all nominated by Futures members – including function by British Journal associated with Photography ’s own 2021 nominees and Ones To Watch artists Silvana Trevale , Billy Barralough , Sophie Gladstone , Tayo Adekunle and Mathieu Croizier.

Hybrids: Forging New Realities as Counter-Narrative, presents musings and reflections on some of contemporary culture’s  largest suggestions. These concepts, from device learning to cultural information application, are explored through the moderate of photography. Here, the camera becomes the method required to ask; where are we going?

Hybrids: Forging New Realities as Counter-Narrative is open from 10 September – 17 October at Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam. The virtual exhibition are available here.

Isaac Huxtable

Isaac Huxtable joined the British Paper of Photography in October 2020, where he is currently the Editorial Assistant. Prior to this, he studied a HANDBAG in History of Art at the Courtauld Instititue of Artwork, London.

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