16/11/2017 — 8/12/2017
A Selection of works by masterstudents at the photo department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Embedded in one of the oldest art academies in Europe, the Photography Department of the Royal Academy for Fine Arts Antwerpen (KASKA) is an international environment where we focus on strategies behind image-making and the role of photography as a communication tool within a social and/or artistic context. Critical self-reflection, a serious understanding of mass media, contemporary art and art history are meant to lead the student to become an autonomous artist/photographer/curator/critic…
Students work on personal projects. The main focus lies on developing, presenting and distributing their artistic product, exploring photography as both a language and a craft.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The exhibition new faces presents three MA Photography students of the Royal Academy for Fine Arts in Antwerpen who engage in a practice where portraiture is combined with sculptural, historical, and architectural elements. Their hybrid and free explorations of the photographic medium aims to redefine conventional notions of the portrait.
For Marta Galmozzi (Italian, born 1991), photography is a material substance. She builds herimages by combining layers in a constructivist way. Her portraits and landscapes are components in an abstraction process which describes the human body as a realistic and often humorous metaphorical shape expressinga more general condition of the human being. Her sculptural installations combine prints on fabric, framed collages, assemblages of images on metal and wooden supports. Gravity is made tangible by suspending her prints on ropes or mounted on the outside windows of a building. Her installation at H18 will investigate the gallery space and and enter into a dialogue with the works by the two other artists.
In his ongoing project Concrete doesn’t burn, Bertrand Cavalier (French, born 1989) compiles a visual research on the influence of war and (military) technology on cities. He uses his camera to meticulously document the architecture, infrastructure and inhabitants of cities with a troubled past (Belfast, Cologne, Sarajevo, Berlin,…). During his walks in these European places, he encounters people on the street and portrays them as occupants of a compromised public space. Often his gaze is directed to young people hanging out on the street, photographing a generation at once unaffected and young, at the same time already burdened by their environment.
Inspired by DIY culture that developed in his homeland during the collapse of the Soviet Union, Alexey Shlyk (Belarusian, born 1986) explores notions of craftsmanship and resourcefulness in his series ‘The Appleseed Necklace’. The work celebrates the creative usage of material by people living in conditions of constant shortages, and puts the attention to re-purposing and recycling items in the world today. Alexey is creating a portrait of survivors, at the same time the Appleseed necklace can be understood as a self portrait of the artist as a young boy, recollecting all the characters that once left a strong imprint on his memory.
13/12/2017 — 20/01/2018
A project from photo departement masterstudents at La Cambre, Brussels.
La Cambre is one of Belgium’s leading schools of art and design.
Founded in 1927 by the architect and designer Henry van de Velde, the Ecole nationale supérieure des arts visuels of La Cambre (ENSAV) has some 700 students spread across 17 departments: ceramics, animation, drawing, urban design, engraving and the printed image, painting, photography, sculpture, and an art restoration department. Its design departments include industrial and textile design, book and paper design (bookbinding), interior design, set design, fashion design, as well as two graphic sections – graphic and visual communication and typography. A new Master’s degree in accessories design completes the curriculum for the academic year 2015. Each department has its own educational and artistic approach, in sync with the school’s other programs.
La Cambre is a graduate and post-graduate school for the arts organized by the Brussels Wallonia Federation. The school is part of the Brussels “Academic pole” –the cluster of graduate study institutions by region– and the cross-disciplinary ARTes platform, which also includes the Brussels Royal Conservatory (music and theatre) and INSAS (cinema, theatre). It regularly engages in national and international partnerships - institutional, educational, artistic, socio-cultural, industrial or commercial.
Photography Departement : photography
Photography is both a process and its results, and suggests the complementarity between the act of photographing and the photograph itself. The programme integrates this duality, and is concerned too with the conceptual process and results that express the artist’s personality.
The first year is a time of discovery and initiation, while the whole first cycle is based on exploration and confrontation because confrontation with historical and contemporary art, particularly photographic, helps students to develop their own voices.
In the second cycle students further develop the creative dimension of their work. They choose and design their own programmes, and select from classes in other departments, tutorials and finalités (choices that will lead to a Master’s). They will have the option of studying abroad through the Erasmus exchange programme. Students learn about the production chain, about distribution, and where they want to position their own work. Graduation involves the production of a personal project.