For the second weekend of September, we delve into shows that reflect upon creative methods as multi-disciplinary, reactive and revolutionary in their own times. From blending genres, to forging new voices, each of the artists involved contribute to wider dialogues about the borderlines between different art forms.
Begin Anywhere, SFCameraWork, San Francisco
Building on the notion of mentorship and cross-cultural dialogues, SF Camerawork’s Begin Anywhere features works from Amanda Boe, McNair Evans, and Kevin Kunishi along with their mentors – Jason Fulford, Todd Hido, Mark Mahaney, Mike Smith, and Alec Soth. Through a series of collaborative projects, shown alongside pieces from before the mentorship scheme, the show looks at the difference in artists processes and the evolutionary notion of influence. http://www.sfcamerawork.org/exhibitions/
Jamie Hawkesworth: Landscape with Tree, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
Hawkesworth’s unique approach derives from a refusal to see a diction between the various field of his practice. This first major solo museum exhibition navigates through all the rooms of Amsterdam’s Huis Marseille, guiding the viewer in a playful and elegant exploration of photography, moving from Russia and Columbia to selections by key influences such as William Christenberry and Join Smit, which are on loan specifically for this show. www.huismarseille.n
ISelf Collection, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Contemporary portraiture – both real and imagined – and the relationship between self and other, or between artist, sitter and viewer, is explored by nearly 30 international artists alongside Akraam Zaatari in this unique and forward-thinking display of works. With world-renowned names such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Man Ray and Gillian Wearing, the pieces imagine new dialogues for the future of photography and the connections it creates between voyeur and documenter. www.whitechapelgallery.org
Gideon Mendel, Drowning World, Rencontres d’Arles, Paris
Looking at climate change through the human lens, Mendel’s photographs offer a world changed by floods across topographical boundaries and social landscapes. Offering unique and emotive perspectives into the personalised experiences of natural disasters, he looks at issues facing the globalised world through a sense of shared vulnerability and evocative instability. www.autograph-abp.co.uk
Coming Out, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act), Walker Art Gallery draw from their own and the Arts Council Collection to examine LGBT history and redefine visual culture through promoting diversity and revealing hidden histories and narratives within marginalised communities. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
1. Amanda Boe, Silver Lining.
2. Copyright Jamie Hawkesworth.
3. Akram Zaatari, The End of Love2012 [detail], 48 framed black and white inkjet prints on silver rag paper. Scanned from 4 × 5 inch negatives from the archive of Hashem El Madani, Studio Shehrazade, Saïda, 18 × 11.7 cm each. Image courtesy of Akram Zaatari and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg / Beirut
4. Gideon Mendel, Florence Abraham, Igbogene, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. November 2012
5. India Gate, from the series Exiles, 1987. Courtesy of Sunil Gupta.