Introducing the Unseen Premieres

by Unseen July 26 2016

Photo enthusiasts can celebrate: the fifth edition of Unseen Photo Fair will present a great deal of brand new photography, in the form of the Unseen Premieres. The Unseen Premieres are works that have never been seen before in any museum, art gallery or at any art fair. The works will therefore be physically ‘launched at Unseen’. To date, 75 premieres by new and established photographers have been confirmed for Unseen Photo Fair 2016… and the list keeps growing.

On the incredible turnout of premiering artists, director of Unseen Rixt Hulshoff Pol reflects: “It is fantastic that we are able to show so many Unseen Premieres again this year. The involvement and willingness of such a large variety of participating galleries and artists to create authentic and new work prove that they really embrace the concept of Unseen. Whoever comes to Unseen in September to spot new and unseen work will be blown away by the scale and quality of the premieres.”

New work by old friends

Amongst this year’s premiering artists are a number that have made new works for Unseen before, including Iranian photographer Abbas Kowsari, presented by Ag Galerie (IR), French photographer Tiane Doan na Champassak, presented by Kahmann Gallery (NL), Italian photographer Lorenzo Vitturi, presented by Flowers Gallery (UK/US), Japanese photographer Motohiro Takeda, presented by IBASHO (BE), as well as Dutch photographers Viviane Sassen, presented by Stevenson (ZA), and Elspeth Diederix, presented by Stigter Van Doesburg (NL).

“The involvement and willingness of such a large variety of artists to create authentic and new work proves that they really embrace the concept of Unseen.”

Unseen Premieres rookies

In addition to returning Premiere artists, there is also an impressive list of photographers who have committed to making an Unseen Premiere for the first time. These newcomers include British photographer Isaac Julien, presented by Ron Mandos (NL), French photographer Margot Wallard, presented by Grundemark Nilsson Gallery (SE/DE), and American photographer Roger Ballen, presented by Galerie Alex Daniëls – Reflex Amsterdam (NL). Also German photographer Christiane Feser, presented by Galerie Anita Beckers (DE), Flemish photographer Katrien de Blauwer, presented by Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire (FR), South-Sudanese photographer Atong Atem, presented by Red Hook Labs (US), Swiss photographer Douglas Mandry, presented by BILDHALLE (CH), and many others will present new work at Unseen.

Crush II, Dispertion, from the series 'Promised Land', 2016