Pioneering Photographer Claude Cahun

The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection
Tate St Ives: Exhibition
14 October 2014 – 10 May 2015

‘Pioneering artists from across Europe, the Americas and Japan will be shown at Tate St Ives for the first time in The Modern Lens. This will be the largest display of photographic works ever to be exhibited at the gallery.’ – Tate St Ives.

‘We sometimes think of abstraction and surrealism as opposing forces: the universal language of abstraction versus the personal language of surrealism, which was inspired by the unconscious. But this section of The Modern Lens suggests how these two currents sometimes converged in depictions of the landscape.

Claude Cahun in particular offers a really interesting point of connection in terms of landscape conflating abstraction and surrealism.’ – Tate.

Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore at Jersey  Museum

Jersey  Museum and Art Gallery: On display in the Art Gallery you will find the work of Claude Cahun, recognised worldwide as one of the leading artists of the Surrealist movement. Jersey Museum cares for one of the largest collections of Cahun’s work, which comprises photographs, original manuscripts, first editions, books and other personal material.  Find out more about Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore.


Stigma. Press photo by Heidi Lunabba
Stigma. Press photo courtesy Heidi Lunabba.

Heidi Lunabba in collaboration with Anne Pietarinen


Photographs and installation
Galleria Huuto, Jätkäsaari 2, Helsinki, Finland
23 January – 8 February 2015
Welcome to the opening on Friday 23.1 2015 at 8pm!

Who invites cockroaches over for a sleepover? Who wants to go on a date with a monkey or be a ratʼs friend?

This series of pictures entitled Stigma visualizes different prejudices through animal   characters. The pictures create relationships or situations that are common in our culture but that the norms prevent us from having with “the wrong kind of people”. The animal characters are models wearing masks. The main material used for making the masks is second-hand clothes that give the characters a distinctive look.

A discriminatory mindset is made possible through dehumanization and grouping, division into us and them, into different groups with different characteristics and behavioral models. Individuals are labeled with the groupʼs stigma. There are racists but very few of us want to be considered one of them. Most people know what kind of prejudices there are against different groups in society. We may not accept them, but is it possible to not let them influence our perceptions?

Stigma is part of a larger project in which Heidi Lunabba, in collaboration with people from outside of the art world and based on their experiences, creates pictures that examine and challenge the norms of society. The Stigma series has been produced in collaboration with Anne Pietarinen who also appears in all the pictures.

“My starting point was the idea that we all group our knowledge and experiences. We talk about artists, Christians, women, men, heterosexuals, homosexuals, winners, athletes, losers etc. This is what we do in order to be able to interact with each other. We build concepts and channels through which we perceive the life around us and its phenomena. I believe that this grouping is also sometimes stigmatizing, in which case it turns against people. This is the phenomenon I wanted to address.” This is how Anne describes the starting point for the series of pictures.

“During the project I became curious about how universal the characteristics are that we link with different animals. I asked an open question on Facebook and it sparked off a lively discussion as to which animals have different characteristics, while someone stated that people prefer not to link prejudices with a specific group,” Heidi Lunabba says. The difficulty with the theme is to highlight the norm and the prejudice without reinforcing it. “Through the animal characters we are able to access the prejudice itself instead of reinforcing the prejudice by pointing to a specific group. Foxes, rats and snakes can symbolize different things for different people. The pictures are based on the prejudices we think we see in our society,” Lunabba says about the pictures.

The exhibition is produced with the support of Svenska Kulturfonden, Kordelin foundation and Konstsamfundet.

Stigma. Press photo by Heidi Lunabba
Stigma. Press photo courtesy Heidi Lunabba.

About Heidi Lunabba

Finnish artist Heidi Lunabba (b. 1977) works with social and community art projects, often inviting people to participate. Trough installations, photography and video she explores questions on identity, gender and communication, in public and private spaces. She has an MA in Fine Arts from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and is based in Helsinki, Finland. Heidi has curated Jeppis Pride 2014, a queer art exhibition. Her latest photography projects are Twins (2011) and Dresscode – You are what you wear! (2012) as a part of the Fashion Interactions exhibition in New York in 2013.


Zanele Muholi Book Launch and Signing

Excerpt from Leslie-Lohman Museum Recommends – November 2014



November 19, 6:30-8pm
The Walther Collection Project Space
526 West 26th Street, Suite 718, New York
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In Faces and Phases: 2006-14, Zanele Muholi embarks on a journey of visual activism to ensure black queer and transgender visibility. Despite South Africa’s progressive constitution and twenty years of democracy, black lesbians and transgender men remain the targets of brutal hate crimes and so-called corrective rapes. Taken over the past eight years, the more than 250 portraits in this book present a compelling statement about the lives and struggles of these individuals. They also comprise an unprecedented and invaluable archive: marking, mapping, and preserving an often-invisible community for posterity.

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Germaine Krull 100 x Paris

Germaine Krull 100 x Paris. Look inside the book.

Photography Book

100 x Paris by Germaine Krull
Article by Florent Fels
Published by Verlag der Reihe, Berlin-Westend, 1929

Germaine Krull

Bisexual photographer Germaine Krull (1897-1985) was a political activist (communist) from 1918 – 1921. Wikipedia writes that she was “described as “an especially outspoken example” of a group of early 20th-century female photographers who “could lead lives free from convention”, she is best known for photographically-illustrated books such as her 1928 portfolio Métal.”
And we love her for her a portfolio of sensual and sexual encounters between women, which she made in Berlin, which she had made her home in 1922 and 1925 after being expelled from Russia. In 1926 she moved to Paris, where she by 1928 was considered one of the best photographers in Paris. Her photographic work consisted primarily of photojournalism. Alongside her work as a photojournalist she was a hotel owner. After retiring from the hotel business in 1966 she moved to Northern India and converted to the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. Her final major photographic project was the publication of her book, Tibetans in India (Bombay: Allied Publishers, 1968).

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Germaine Krull at Wikipedia