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17. Oct. 2014
bosicontemporary /
3h
/
48 Orchard Street

Manal Abu- Shaheen, Peter Baker, Felix R. Cid, Sarah Muehlbauer, Yorgos Prinos, Hrvoje Slovenc, and Mónika Sziládi

Curated by Ágnes Berecz
October 29 – December 6, 2014

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 29, 6 - 9 pm
Catalogue launch: Tuesday, November 18, 7-9 pm

BOSI Contemporary is pleased to present, No Greater Fiction, a photography based group exhibition featuring the works of Peter Baker, Felix R. Cid, Sarah Muehlbauer, Yorgos Prinos, Manal Abu- Shaheen, Hrvoje Slovenc, and Mónika Sziládi. While disparate in their approaches and processes, what links this group of artists is a shared sense that what passes for everyday public activity in our current society is more bizarre, baffling, and incomprehensible than our imaginations are capable of contriving.

If there is no greater fiction than the real, why do we still insist on making sense of our lives by taking and looking at photographs that are fictions in and of themselves? The seven New York- based artists in this exhibition explore the multiple realities of contemporary life through pictures that blur the dichotomy of real and unreal, analog and digital. Whether they explore staged encounters or random intimacies among objects and bodies, they create fictions we recognize from the urban spaces and suburban interiors of the early 21st century city. Asking old questions about the joint fictions of reality and the photographic medium in ways that take us beyond the documentary and the poetical, No Greater Fiction pictures the often dystopian experiences, shifting scales and topographies of the real by reminding us that being aware of make-believes does not obliterate our need to have them.
What propels each of these artists is a recognition that visual intelligence can be made communicable when one transforms the so-called real world into photographic works of art, another world altogether. For them it is a given that photographs are inherently manipulations, yet the degrees to which they investigate this notion varies. This awareness, combined with new digital possibilities, allows them to work freely and shed the scant labels once bestowed on photographers working out in the real world, as it were. They are not concerned merely with genre, but rather, view the world itself as a medium in which uncoordinated facts unfold erratically, often pressing against each other in strange and telling ways. While their subjects and aesthetic differ, this is the field where their energies and curiosities are focused. There is no greater fiction than reality itself. For it is our habitual conceptions of reality, which photography now more than ever, calls into question.

Manal Abu-Shaheen (b. Beirut) is a Lebanese American photographer. She moved from Lebanon to New York in 2000 and received a BA degree from Sarah Lawrence College in 2003. In 2011 she received an MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions in and around New York, including shows at Nicole Klagsbrun Project and Camera Club of New York. She is a faculty member at the School of the International Center of Photography and Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.

Peter Baker (b. New York City, USA) is an artist and writer from The Bronx. He studied Literature & Photography at SUNY Purchase, where he graduated in 2005. In 2009, he had his first solo exhibition My Lost City: Photographs at Kris Graves Projects in Brooklyn. In 2012, he earned an MFA from the Yale University School of Art and was awarded the Richard Benson Prize for Excellence in Photography. In 2013, he participated in the Bronx Museum of the Arts 2nd AIM Biennial. He has designed and taught courses at the International Center of Photography and has been a Visiting Artist at SUNY Purchase and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. He is a contributing writer for American Suburb X and lives and works in New York City.

Felix R. Cid (b. Madrid, Spain) started working as a photographer in Ibiza and during the winters he studied Photography in Madrid. In 2002 he moved to New York and in 2004 he started a full
time program in the International Center of Photography and graduated in 2005. After several
international exhibitions, he was accepted into the MFA program in photography at Yale University where he graduated in May 2012. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Sarah Muehlbauer (b. New York City, USA) received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010, where she studied photography, architecture and art history. In 2012, she earned her MFA in photography from the Yale School of Art. She has since designed and taught undergraduate photography courses at Dowling College in New York, and worked as an architectural photographer for the Soho-based firm Alta Indelman, Architect. She currently serves as archivist and photographer for Team Gallery in Lower Manhattan, and continues to pursue freelance projects.

Hrvoje Slovenc (b. Croatia) is a photographer based in New York. He holds an MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art. His photographs have been exhibited in dozens of shows nationally and internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Museum of New Art in Detroit, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia, and Young Artists' Biennial in Bucharest, Romania. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb, Croatia.

Mónika Sziládi (b. Budapest, Hungary) holds an MFA in Photography from Yale (2010). She is currently at LMCC's 2014–2015 Workspace Residency program. She was a 2013 resident at the La Napoule Art Foundation in France, a 2012-2013 resident at Smack Mellon, and in 2008 she received the Gesso Foundation Fellowship to attend Skowhegan. She is a winner of The Philadelphia Museum of Art Photography Competition (2010), a recipient of the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship (2010), a Juror’s Pick by Julie Saul and Alec Soth, Work-in-Progress Prize, of the Daylight/CDS Photo Awards (2010), and the recipient of Humble Arts' Fall 2012 New Photography Grant. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in the United States and Europe, and it is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She lives and works in New York.

Yorgos Prinos (b. Athens, Greece) received an MFA from the Yale University School of Art with a scholarship from Yale University in 2011. He is co-founder of the non-profit organization Αrt/Ιf/Αct and co-curator of the Depression Era Project. His work has been presented in various venues and publications in Europe, the United States, and Asia and his photographs are in private and public collections. He lives and works in New York.

16. Oct. 2014
karinjanssen /
504h
/
London (UK)

CHINESE WHISPERS

Karin Janssen Project Space
213 Well Street London, E9 6QU London, UK
6 Nov - 23 Nov 2014
Opening Thursday 6 November 6 - 9 pm
Thu - Sun 12 - 6 pm

Galerie Nasty Alice, Eindhoven, the Netherlands:
29 Nov - 21 Dec 2014
Opening Saturday 29 November 3 - 6 pm
Wed - Fri 12 - 6 pm, Sat - Sun 12 - 5 pm

Chinese Whispers is a collaborative art project between Karin Janssen Project Space in London and Gallery Nasty Alice in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Together the galleries have invited forty-nine artists, twenty-five living in the Netherlands and twenty-four living in the United Kingdom, to take part in the project.

The aim of Chinese Whispers is to research the artistic differences and similarities between Dutch and English artists: how much are artists formed by their country of residence? Is there a common language in their art? Is there a national difference in how artists respond to a given task?

By asking the artists to play a game of Chinese Whispers, in which each artist reacted on the previous artist’s work without knowing what the rest of the series looked like, the project has resulted in a series of interrelated works which are each still highly autonomous.

For four months the artists from both countries have made A4 drawings, painting and photographs, bookended by Karin Janssen (Karin Janssen Project Space) and Sebastiaan Dijk (Galerie Nasty Alice), both gallery owners and artists, who created the opening and concluding works.

Chinese Whispers will be exhibited at Karin Janssen Project Space from 6 until 23 November and will then travel to the Netherlands where it will be shown from 29 November until 21 December at Galerie Nasty Alice, Eindhoven.

Participating artists from the UK
Eliza Bennett, Benjamin Bridges, Boudica Collins, Sue Cohen, Fran Copeman, Jim Cowan, Antony Crossfield, Rebecca Davy, Karin Janssen, Helen Jillott, Cathy Lomax, Kate Lyddon, Sarah Maple, Emi Miyashita, Anne Moses, Richard Moon, Tamara Muller, Anja Priska, Chris Roantree, Christine Sawyer, Patricia Shrigley, Angela Smith, Stephanie Spindler, Tisna Westerhof

Participating artists from the Netherlands
Ron Amir, Anouk Bax, Liesje van den Berk, John Boelee, Karin Bos, Alice Brasser, Airco Caravan, Sebastiaan Dijk, Marie Louise Elshout, Jakob de Jonge, Anouk Griffioen, Simone Hooymans, Jacquem, Natasja van Kampen, Erik Klaassen, Danielle Lemaire, Daniëlle Luinge, Edith Meijering, Jolanda Moolenaar, Jos van der Sommen, Marielle Videler, Roos van Vliet, Rogier Walrecht, Daphne ter Wee, Hanneke Wetzer

For more information: www.chinese-whispers-project.com