At Turner House in March, Ffotogallery presents Zeitgeist, featuring work by ten emerging artists from five continents, including Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 winner César Dezfuli’s Passengers, striking portraits of migrants rescued from a rubber boat drifting in the Mediterranean Sea. Marta Mak’s Value explores how like alchemy we can create new value out of plastic packaging and other discarded products, transforming waste into a socially useful resource. One hundred years after the 1917 revolution, Alexander Anufriev’s Russia Close-Up examines political apathy in modern Russia and how censorship and propaganda fuels unhealthy nationalism. Medhi Bahmed’s Entre-Deux (Interval) uncovers the discomfort Muslim and Arab refugees and immigrants feel in the light of recent terror attacks, and the rise of hate crime and right wing populism in Europe.
Zeitgeist offers a selection of work submitted in response to Diffusion 2017’s global Open Call. In different ways, the artists capture the spirit of our times, highlighting what is going on, offering new insights and challenging the status quo. With our various news feeds latterly dominated by Brexit, Trump, climate change, poverty, religious intolerance, the migrant and refugee crisis, border control and gentrification, Zeitgeist interrogates what this all means for the individual and society moving forward.
Participating artists include:
Alexander Anufriev, Blazej Marczak, César Dezfuli, Demetris Koilalous, Hiro Tanaka, James A. Hudson, Marta Mak, Mehdi Bahmed, Phil Hatcher-Moore, and Verena Prenner