Anton Corbijn To Curate Special Exhibition for Unseen Photo Festival

There are spectacular events taking place throughout Amsterdam.

Christto & Andrew, Flex Offense, 2016 courtesy of the artists via Unseen Art Festival.
Christto & Andrew, Flex Offense, 2016 courtesy of the artists via Unseen Art Festival.

Unseen Photo Festival is taking over the city of Amsterdam this coming September. The Festival does not only include exhibitions but also collaborates with artists, academies, institutions, and local initiatives to present photography to the public in bold and unconventional ways and this year, renowned photographer Anton Corbijn is taking part and curating a special festival exhibition at Museum Het Schip.

The heart of Unseen Photo Festival lays in Spaarndammerbuurt, known as the home of the world famous Amsterdam School of Architecture and one of the most beautiful old districts in Europe.

The main building for the festival is Museum Het Schip and for the duration of the festival, the museum will display a special exhibition titled TOUCHED, curated by celebrated Dutch photographer and director. The exhibition will focus on the relationship between photography and craftsmanship.

Harumi Shimizu, Open Fruit is God, 2015 courtesy of the artist via Unseen Art Festival.

Harumi Shimizu, Open Fruit is God, 2015 courtesy of the artist via Unseen Art Festival.

Other points of interest within the festival’s main locations include an installation at outdoor pool Brediusbad titled The Politics of Sport by Unseen’s advertising campaign artists Christto & Andrew, as well as an exhibition by Japanese photographers that is free of histories and hierarchies, showing at Josilda da Conceição Gallery. Other initiatives include presentations and workshops based on the rising DIY Zine culture, a selfie project with teenagers and members of a retirement program, and even artist recipes presented at the neighborhood restaurant Hembrug & Zaandammer.

Unseen Photo Festival extends beyond just the Spaarndammerbuurt district, offering alternative events throughout the city such as music performances, lectures, and film screenings. Tickets to the festival will also grant visitors free or discounted access to other cultural institutions throughout Amsterdam, as many spaces in the city work in collaboration with Unseen and will be simultaneously presenting special exhibitions.

Fumi Ishino, Rowing a Tetrapod, 2015 courtesy of the artist via Unseen Photo Festival.

Fumi Ishino, Rowing a Tetrapod, 2015 courtesy of the artist via Unseen Photo Festival.

Unseen Photo Festival will be on view at various locations throughout the city of Amsterdam from September 16-25, 2016.


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