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5 to See: This Weekend

5 to See: This Weekend

Exhibitions opening in early March investigate surveillance, tradition and democracy through multidisciplinary research projects, colourful installation and documentary photography.

Brooklyn Promenade, Brooklyn, 1954

Louis Stettner: Photographs, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

An interest in cities pervades Stettner’s photographs, which draw diverse portraits of New York and Paris. Often capturing people in pairs, the works emphasise moments of quiet interaction and tender introspection and chronicle social and economic issues. Opens 2 March.

Swiss border, Chiasso, 2016, from the series “How to Secure a Country” © Salvatore Vitale

Salvatore Vitale: How to Secure a Country, Fotostiftung Switzerland

Investigating the mechanisms underlying Switzerland’s security systems, Vitale’s (b. 1986) visual research project – which comprises installation and data analysis – examines the police, military, customs authorities, IT and AI to discuss surveillance and cybercrime. Until 26 May.

Hokkaido, 1978. Daido Moriyama

Daido Moriyama, Steiglitz 19, Antwerp

Moriyama’s (b. 1938) influential photographs traverse post-war and contemporary Japan, capturing moments of everyday life and exploring changing notions of tradition. This show combines renowned images the 1970s from with recent work from the last two years. Opens 3 March.

Pipilotti Rist, 4th Floor to Mildness from the Mildness Family, 2016. Installation view, Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest New Museum, New York, US, 2016. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine © the artist, photograph: EPW Studio

Pipilotti Rist: Open My Glade, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk

Rist’s (b. 1962) immersive dreamscapes and colourful environments fill Louisiana’s gallery space, expanding the conventions of video art by blending technology with sensory experience. The pieces fuse major themes including the body, gender and nature. Until 23 June.

From the series Politics, Santu Mofokeng. Photo Santu Mofokeng Foundation, Courtesy Lunetta Bartz, Maker, Johannesburg and Steidl GmbH.

Santu Mofokeng: Stories, Foam, Amsterdam

To mark the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections, Foam offers a retrospective of images by Santu Mofokeng (b. 1956). The selection describes a rapidly changing political climate, drawing a picture of a complex society in a state of transition. Until 28 April.

Lead image: Louis Stettner, Cityscape #5, Midtown, NY, 1985