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Framing reality through the eyes of young photographers
Social Media has made a profound impact on how we relate to photography. Sharing photographs has become easy and instantaneous and photography trivial. And so, trying to make sense of youth culture in this visual world, we look for genuine style and differentiating points of view to ask the question: Can young people still have control over their own narrative?
To answer this question, we looked to the ones behind the cameras. The young photographers who have started their careers not so long ago, but that are already leaving their marks for the sensitivity they show in portraying the world from a different perspective, be it by looking at misrepresented subcultures or documenting intimate moments between friends. They tell the stories of a generation and in these series we call them The Unexposed.
foto by Alvaro Campos
Photographs by Maria Baoli
For The Unexposed, we invite young photographers from around the world to share a day with us, providing a peak into their daily lives and creative processes. In a process similar to that of the Director ID, it is up to the photographer to decide how to capture their interviews, which they then send to us to edit. The result is an intimate and unique portrayal of their worlds.
The Unexposed is an original series by Canal180 in collaboration with Negative Feedback. The first episodes will be released throughout October, one every Thursday starting on 10 October. They will be published on Canal180’s website and social media channels as well as Negative Feedback’s Youtube channel.
CHAPTER 2: MARIA BAOLI
Combining black and white, color, alternative processes such as cyanotypes and collage, Maria Baoli's images explore our relationship to the world and nature. Her work, which is articulated in a delicate and sensual writing, reveals an interior journey studded with questions rather than answers. Born in Spain, Maria Baoli lives and works in Brussels since 2012. Having graduated from the Agnès Varda Photography School in Brussels in 2016, her work has recently been presented in group and individual exhibitions in the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, UK and Latvia.
PROJECT UNDER FOCUS
In Between explores the impact globalization has had on the dilution of national and local cultures and identities.
The project documents the lives of Sabina, Ania, Aneta and Natalia to explore the relationship between memory and places of Polish Women living in Belgium.
In this series, Maria explored how Polish women see and define themselves; they are Polish, but have lived abroad long enough to bring other identities and values into their backgrounds. They represent a generation who is not afraid to move abroad and undertake risks - an individual experience that relates to a shared universal experience.
Kensuke Koike & Felix Vallotton inspire Maria Baoli's work
When asked about her artistic inspirations, Maria names Kensuke Koike, a Japanese artist who in ‘Single Image Processing’ gives new life to discarded photographs from yesteryear, as well as Felix Vallotton (1825-1925), a Swiss and French painter and printmaker associated with the group of artists known as Les Nabis.
MARIA BAOLI RECOMMENDS
Camille Blatrix: "Les Barrières de l'antique" evokes the unparalleled virtuosity of the artisans of the past
French artist Camille Blatrix explores the ambiguities of his own relationship to craft through a labyrinthine installation punctuated by objects, marquetry and drawings, as well as interventions by the artist’s father, himself a painter turned shipwright. Infused with the artist’s skill and executed in a quest for perfection, the works on view here subtly elicit unexpected emotions.
The show is curated by Guillaume Désanges and on view at La Verrière from September 5, 2019 as part of the “Matters of Concern| Matières à panser” series.
Nú Barreto: "Homo Imparfaits" reflect Nú Barreto’s political engagement
In this show, the Guinean artist is presenting a series of exclusive drawings along with several paintings from his famous États Désunis d’Afrique series started in 2009. All the exhibited artworks faithfully reflect Nú Barreto’s political engagement, describing the evils of contemporary African society while also rekindling the hope that Africa frees itself from its past to invent a new future.
The show runs until 26 October at Nathalie Obadia gallery in Brussels.
CHAPTER 1: CIAN OBA-SMITH
Cian Oba-Smith is a London-based photographer who works across commercial, editorial and personal projects. He describes his work as mostly documentary portrait photography, where he portrays the relationship between people and their environments in a way that is realistic yet tender. Cian tends to focus on communities and subcultures who are often misrepresented, so as to portray them under a different light. His photography has been featured on iGNANT, Creative Review, It’s Nice That, Dazed & Confused, amongst others, and he has collaborated with the likes of Vice, Nike, Google and Facebook.
One thing that worries me as a photographer is an idea of stagnation. I don’t want to get to a point and feel like I am not progressing or losing spontaneity which makes photography exciting.
- Cian Oba-Smith
PROJECTS UNDER FOCUS
Andover & Six Acres is a project that focuses on those two estates in the Seven Sisters area of North London
Cian Oba-Smith looked behind the stereotypes surrounding these infamous estates, which became notorious throughout the 80’s & 90’s over crime and drug problems. By portraying these estate’s culturally diverse inhabitants under a light of honesty, optimism and intimacy, Cian shows that even if there are some issues to this day, there is more to life in an estate than an oppressive and dangerous environment.
The project is a reflection of London as a whole, told by focusing on the story of a small part of the city, that says something much bigger about society.
When I did Concrete Horseman I was going through a process of kind of understanding a lot more about what it means to be black and American and blackness in general. I was reading James Baldwin and Malcom X and people like that, it felt right to do that project then.
- Cian Oba-Smith
Concrete Horseman captured Cian’s imagination as they intersected with the image of the cowboy, an American icon.
Whilst cowboys are typically portrayed as white, many of the horseman in America were traditionally black, and so were many of the early winners of the Kentucky Derby.
For this project, Cian went to North Philadelphia, where there is a stable where horses are kept and ridden on the streets by a group of horseman.They form a small community where boys & men come to bond over their love of horses.
The series aims to challenge the common stereotypes over race and class in a time where they are such heated topics of debate, but ultimately it questions what it means to be a black man in America.
Alec Castillo - 24 Oct
Alec Castillo is a NYC based photographer and member of the rock band Nude Party. He documents the world and lifestyle he inhabits, being it life on tour or intimate moments with friends. His visual documents of friendship, adventure and self-identity have been featured in various NYC galleries and published in Huck Magazine and It’s Nice That, amongst others.
Jetro Emilcar - 31 Oct
Jetro is a Canadian/Haitian photographer currently based between Montreal and New York. Through photography, he attempts to understand his connection to the world. Approaching every shoot as a new project, and through elements in photography, he always tells a pure emotional story. Jetro works across editorial and fashion and is a long-time collaborator of Montreal fashion designer Josh Reim, for whom he has often shot campaigns.
About Negative Feedback
Started by George Muncey, Negative Feedback is a resource of informational videos and publications for film photography enthusiasts, including a print publication.
Collaborations are at the core of what we do, and so we have invited Negative Feedback to collaborate with us on this series. The episodes will also be available on Negative Feedback’s Youtube channel.
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