Alongside PHOTOFAIRS New York’s highly curated selection of international galleries, with exhibitors representing more than 20 cities worldwide, there are a strong number of galleries from the fair’s home city joining its inaugural edition on September 8-10, 2023 with VIP Preview (an invitation only) on September 7.
New York has a longstanding gallery scene, with more galleries representing photographic works than anywhere else in the world. The city has also been known for its contribution to the medium’s development through its museum collections, and the city and its people forever being a timeless subject for photographers worldwide.
With the fair opening its doors at the Javits Center in three weeks’ time, we spotlight three exhibitors from New York to reinforce how the fair will enhance the first week of September as the annual pulse point on the city’s art calendar.
Asya Geisberg Gallery
Case #1, 2022 © Rodrigo Valenzuela – courtesy of Asya Geisberg Gallery
Asya Geisberg Gallery’s booth will include Rodrigo Valenzuela’s newest series, Garabatos (in-progress). The black & white inkjet prints depict wood and plaster sculpture painted white are inspired by his research on Latin American subcultures and the music scene during the dictatorship years. Featured above is a past work by Valenzuela, created in 2022. The contemporary art gallery will also bring two pieces by Gabriela Vainsencher from Treasures of the Bible Lands. The project was born out of a 2018 trip to Israel, when in a used book store Vainsencher found a catalog from a 1987 exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
© Gabriela Vainsencher – courtesy of Asya Geisberg Gallery
CLAMP proposes a thought-provoking examination of the natural world through the work of five artists addressing the evolving relationship between humans and nature in the face of climate change.
Aziz + Cucher’s Scenapse series represents the natural world through highly pixelated imagery while in Ilulissat, Olaf Otto Becker documents the traces of human overpopulation left behind in nature, particularly in the Arctic. Employing experimental processes, artist Brian Buckley uses organic matter to comment on our uncertain moment of history and Zack Seckler pushes the line between reality and abstraction when shooting some of the planet’s most remote locations. Robert Voit’s large-format color photographs from the series New Trees depicts cellphone towers in a new light.
For Freedoms’ booth features mesmeric artworks by members of its For Freedoms Fellows. These fellowships provide funding and training from the For Freedoms national network of artists and arts professionals. All of the female-identifying artists featured in the booth are a part of both the Image Equity Fund and the current Hear Her Here cohort.
The curation also includes work from Eric Hart Jr.’s recently published first monograph, When I Think About Power – a project comprising monochrome portraits interpreting the notion of power as it relates to the Black queer experience.