Above: Yann Mingard, Creavia, Bull sperm bank, Saint-Aubin-du-Cormier, France, 2011
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Text by Carina Allen
YANN MINGARD “Deposit” FoMu, Antwerp, Belgium – Feb. 20 – June 6 2015
Left: Yann Mingard, Mount10, known as “The Swiss Fort Knox”, Saanen-Gstaad, Switzerland, 2010, Right: Yann Mingard, Laboratory of Tropical Crop Improvement, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, 2010, all images courtesy of the artist
From 2009 to 2013, Swiss photographer Yann Mingard traveled to 21 locations across Europe that gather and store various types of organic and digital data. He photographed the locations, the laboratories, the organisms being studied, the supplies and materials used to collect data, and the containers that samples and data are kept in. Mingard’s documentary-based images of these data capturing plants display places in far off locations, underground and in mountains, hidden from humanity. His project reflects the desire of humans to preserve and protect different forms of life and knowledge, while paradoxically hiding them away in remote locations, kept secret from the rest of the world. Although only a few of Mingard’s images actually display humans, his collection could be seen in the most vague sense, as a portrait of our society, and what our actions, desires, and concerns say about the way we view life, our environment, and our power over it.
You can see more of Yann Mingard’s work on his website: http://yannmingard.ch/
NERHOL “Index” Foam, Amsterdam, Netherlands – May 8 – June 21 2015
Nerhol, Item 01 & 06, Scene To Know / Daily No 001, 2013, © Nerhol, images courtesy of FOAM
Index is a two-dimensional photography project brought about by Japanese artist duo Nerhol, made up of graphic designer Yoshihisa Tanaka, and sculptor Ryuta Iida. By combining photography, design, and sculpting techniques, the pair created innovative portraits of individuals, capturing multiple images of their subject over the course of three minutes, displaying the individual’s every small movement. By layering the numerous images and then sculpting away the top layers, a warped, tangible image of the subjects is revealed, reflecting how hard it is to truly capture the way a face looks in simply one photograph. Index is an innovative approach to portraiture that crosses mediums and shows the human face in a way that can’t be observed by the human eye, or a camera alone.
While these photographers have taken the foundation of the portrait and created new, modern portraits of people or a group of individuals that they’ve either recruited or encountered, other artists today are taking inspiration from modern photography and using it to develop ideas and concepts for their own work.
You can see more of Nerhol’s work on their website: http://www.nerhol.com/
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