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When we first entered the Unseen exhibition, the setups were still in progress. It really felt like a post-pandemic world, with people joining forces and putting together a photo event with galleries from all around Europe. We fled to Amsterdam in September 2021 to attend the Unseen Photo Fair and produce a new series featuring its brand new initiative: Unbound.
Unbound explores the outer limits of the photographic universe. This section focuses on multidisciplinary photographic projects, often on monumental scale. “If you had organized this 20 years ago, it would have been too much for people, it would have been too many impulses at the same time.” — says Unseen’s director Roderick van der Lee.
The first edition of Unbound is curated by independent curator Marcel Feil, the former Artistic Director of photography museum Foam, who selected 14 projects relating to the central theme ‘Filling the Cracks’. As Marcel explains, “what is broken, what has cracks, must be made whole again. Hence the title ‘Filling the cracks’. At the same time the title refers to the importance of skin and surface in many of the exhibited projects.” For this series, we got the opportunity to meet five boundary-breaking photography artists — David de Beyter, Hanna Rédling, Joost Vandebrug, Thomas Albdorf and Popel Coumou.
Article: Nicole Gonçalves
Editing: Bauti Godoy
Producer: José Guilherme Marques and Nicole Gonçalves
Filming: Bauti Godoy and Nicole Gonçalves
Graphics: João Parra
Photos: José Guilherme Marques.
Proofreading and translation: Eva Magro.
Filling the Cracks was produced in collaboration with Unseen's new section Unbound.
Special thanks to Roderick van der Lee.
Published on January 2022.