Go and See: Birth of a Nation by Daya Cahen at FOTODOK
Fascinated by mass psychology and indoctrination, Dutch artist Daya Cahen visits Cadet School Number 9, a unique military academy in Moscow, where girls aged 11-17 learn how to become the ideal Russian patriot and the ideal Russian woman. The project “Birth of a Nation” consists of a photographic series (2012) and a short film (10 min., 2010).
In the photographic series, girls in military uniforms, wearing large white flowers in their hair, are photographed from behind. They become an army of girls, which, on the one hand, shows the uniformity of the collective and at the same time emphasizes the power of the individual.
In the short film Daya Cahen investigates the creation of the ideal Russian patriot and the ideal Russian woman. She does not interview anyone, but places as many as six different images on the screen at the same time. We see girls doing their hair, cooking, ironing, marching and learning to use weapons. The footage reveals various aspects of their personalities. While they sing the praises of the great Russian nation, we cannot help but notice the contrast between military indoctrination and youthful innocence.
Go and See: Poppy. Trails of Afghan Heroin at Nederlands Fotomuseum
Antoinette de Jong and Robert Knoth take us from Afghanistan, where poppy flowers colour the fields, to the grey alleys behind Brick Lane in London, where the drugs are sold to the end users.
The unique project Poppy contains work that was assembled over the past 20 years by Antoinette de Jong and Robert Knoth. They travelled along the trade routes following Afghan heroin, and reveal the darker side of globalization in an impressive way. Their journey begins in Afghanistan, and they take us along to Central Asia, the Balkans, Somalia and England. The Nederlands Fotomuseum is showing their report as a multi-screen installation.
Poppy shows how the poppy flower creates a web of chaos, violence and destruction.
A publication with the title Poppy: Trails of Afghan Heroin will be appearing simultaneously.
Go and See: Pieter Hugo at The Hague Museum of Photography
The Hague Museum of Photography is the first museum to exhibit a comprehensive survey of Hugo’s work from 2003-2011. Together with many previously unseen works, the exhibition includes a curated selection of his most well-known series: the powerful The Hyena & Other Men, the bizarre Nollywood and the striking Permanent Error. His impressive portraits tell personal stories about recurring themes throughout his oeuvre, namely those people who inhabit the margins of society in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Pieter Hugo ‘This Must Be The Place’ - Selected Works 2003-2011
Provocative, sometimes shocking, Newton’s work tried to capture the beauty, eroticism, humour – and sometimes violence – that he sensed in the social interaction within the familiar worlds of fashion, luxury, money and power.
This exhibition brings together more than two hundred photographs, mostly original or vintage prints made under Helmut Newton’s supervision: Polaroid, working prints in various sizes, monumental works. The exhibition takes a retrospective, thematic angle. Through the major themes in his work: fashion, nudes, portraits, sex and humour, the exhibition seeks to show that Newton was much more than a fashion photographer.
From today on Foam will present the solo exhibition Let’s Sit Down Before We Go by Bertien van Manen (1942). Between 1991 and 2009 Van Manen regularly and extensively travelled with a small 35mm camera through Russia, Moldavia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Tatarstan and Georgia.
The title of the exhibition, Let’s Sit Down Before We Go, refers to an old Russian custom: before you leave on a journey, take a moment to think about where you come from, where you are going and why.