5 To See This Weekend

This week’s 5 to See celebrates the potential of the artistic medium. We celebrate post-industrial imagery by the Metabolic Studio Optics Division- and depictions of winter landscapes from The Photographers’ Gallery’s November exhibition. Kahlil Joseph and Nasan Tur test the limits of film and installation, each encouraging visitors to question their own reality.

Kahlil Joseph, Bernier/Eliades, Athens
Joseph’s work occupies a space between disciplines, hovering between music videos and short films. His pieces are beautiful but unsettling, reflecting the potential instability that can erupt at any moment and shatter peaceful reality. Images of quotidian are punctuated by violence and magical realism, to create hard contrast. www.bernier-eliades.gr

Nasan Tur: Funktionieren­, Blain Southern, Berlin
This conceptual exhibition involves the artist working on-site, charting every stage of his unique process in this installation of a live print-making studio. Transforming a 40-metre long gallery, Nasan Tur carves images and slogans into woodblocks, increasingly filling the gallery as a three-dimensional exploration of time and construction. www.blainsouthern.com

David Hockney: Current­, NGV, Melbourne
Commemorating the work of one of the most influential living artists, NGV open one of their biggest shows of the year. Curated in collaboration with Hockney, the show features more than 1200 works from over the past decade, including paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works. The Four Seasons, Woldgate Woods, the artist’s largest painting Bigger Trees Near Water, and Bigger Picture are included in this colossal and unmissable event. www.ngv.vic.gov.au

Metabolic Studio Optics Division, Liminal Camera: Drought, Mass MoCA
The Optics Division seek to reposition photography as a land-based practice, exploring naturally occurring photochemical properties. The selection of images focuses on the Owens Valley, from its native plants to mineral sediments. An original and post-industrial vision into how the medium is evolving in the digital age. www.massmoca.org

When Frost was Spectre-Grey- The Photographers Gallery- London
Taking inspiration and its title from a line of Thomas Hardy’s The Darkling Thrush (1899), the critically acclaimed gallery captures timely winter landscapes with cinematic perspectives and attention to colour temperature. From foggy skylines, snow clad trees and isolated houses, the group show celebrates the beauty of winter. Includes work from Evgenia Arbugaeva, Tamas Dezso, Paul Hart, Nicholas Hughes, and Martina Lindqvist. www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

1. Simon Roberts, Polar Nights #13. Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery.