Artists: Ramona Güntert (Germany), Toms Harjo (Latvia), Andrej Lamut (Slovenia), Glorija Lizde (Croatia), Charlotte Mano (France), Mark McGuinness (Ireland), Sofia Okkonen (Finland). Curated by Nikki Zoë Omes (Netherlands).
Being / Seeing is an exhibition showcasing the work of a number of emerging artists participating in PARALLEL, a European Platform that brings together creative organisations committed to promoting cross-cultural exchanges and mentorships in order to set new standards in contemporary photography. The exhibition is a part of FORMAT International Photography Festival off year programme. For full listings of events including portfolio reviews, talks and more visit: www.formatfestival.com
The exhibition is curated by Nikki Zoë Omes, an emerging curator based in the Netherlands, who was selected by FORMAT Festival through her participation in PARALLEL, in which five other emerging curators and institutions are also participating. The exhibition features key themes concerning ‘being’ or what it means to ‘be’, by either exploring the self, (sub)consciousness, our relation to others, or the body. By means of using their unique photographic languages, the artists were able to ‘see’ and capture abstract concepts related to the self and/or the body. The exhibition addresses questions such as: ‘How do the perceptions of others affect our sense of self?’ ‘How do we shape our lives around others’ preconceived ideas?’ ‘And how do we make sense of our own physicality?’ Through combining ideas of well-being and well-seeing, Being / Seeing also reflects on how we relate to other people’s experiences through seeing. Omes invites you to take the time to step into someone else’s visual world, as you might recognise something of yourself in it.