PHROOM magazine // international research platform and contemporary fine art photography and video art magazine // UNSEEN Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP

Explore, interact and immerse yourself in the stories of 12 pioneering collectives

Make your way to CO-OP and come into contact with 12 international collectives participating in the second edition of CO-OP’s programme. In order to increase the representation of artist-run initiatives and collectives worldwide, CO–OP encourages artists to present challenging works of art, dynamic presentations and new ways for them to sell their artworks. This year, the collectives tackle themes such as authorship, mass tourism, migrant stereotyping and education. Curated by Lars Willumeit, CO–OP is an Unseen Foundation initiative.

This year’s collectives are 280A (AT), Böhm Kobayashi (DE), Depression Era (GR), Fotoromanzo Italiano (IT), Imagenred (SP), KLAYM (CI/CH) London Alternative Photography Collective (UK), (Music For) Eggplant (FR), Migrant Image Research Group, Tokyo Photographic Research (JP), Upominki (NL) and Yaounde Photo Network (CM).

PHROOM magazine // international research platform and contemporary fine art photography and video art magazine // UNSEEN Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP 280A

Composed of 12 international artists, Austrian-based collective 280A discusses the significance of the collective in times of individualisation. The individual position of each artist is merged into a complex, multi-layered visual nexus in which the idea of individual authorship is abandoned in favour of a collective representation. The resulting works experiment with visual fragmentation and digital photographic techniques.

website: 280A

PHROOM magazine // international research platform and contemporary fine art photography and video art magazine // UNSEEN Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP

Böhm Kobayashi

Founded by German artists Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber in 2006, Böhm Kobayashi explores ideas across different photographic formats, such as installation, video and photography books. In the latest chapter of their extensive body of work on Japan, named Japanese Lesson, the duo questions topics such as borders, identity and the current political landscape.

website: Böhm Kobayashi

PHROOM magazine // international research platform and contemporary fine art photography and video art magazine // UNSEEN Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP

Depression Era

Based in Athens, Depression Era has been working with 25 artists who use photography and text to make political statements and critique socio-economic developments. Through mixed media, their project The Tourists presents a subversive tourism campaign that connects the current wave of refugees, mass migration and the great increase of global tourism in the Mediterranean.

website: Depression Era

PHROOM magazine // international research platform and contemporary fine art photography and video art magazine // UNSEEN Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP

Fotoromanzo Italiano

Fotoromanzo Italiano is made up of three Italian artists based in Milan. Adding a contemporary touch to anecdotes and photographic techniques, they aim to reinvent photo-novel practices by exploring the combination of text and image, distorting our understanding of reality and fiction in the process.

website: Fotoromanzo Italiano

PHROOM magazine // international research platform and contemporary fine art photography and video art magazine // UNSEEN Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP

Imagenred

Teaching about image production and circulation to photo consumption and appropriation, the seven artists in Barcelona-based Imagenred aspire to raise awareness on humankind’s relationship with images. By providing programmes surrounding current debates on photography at education centres, they hope to stimulate critical thinking amongst a younger generation.

website: Imagenred

PHROOM magazine // international research platform and contemporary fine art photography and video art magazine // UNSEEN Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP

KLAYM

KLAYM is a collective and independent association founded in 2015. With an extensive team of photographers, journalists and designers they promote the interface between young African creatives and international audiences. Through several projects, includingNice Magazine, they aim to continue stimulating and promoting artistic production, debate and education in Africa.

website: Klaym

PHROOM magazine // international research platform and contemporary fine art photography and video art magazine // UNSEEN Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP

London Alternative Photography Collective

Co-directed by Melanie King, Almudena Romero and Diego Valente, LAPC is an open collective which explores the many artistic possibilities brought forward by the cross over of analogue and digital technologies. Accessibility and experimentation form the foundation of LAPC, providing a forum for anyone interested in contemporary photographic methods and alternative photographic processes.

website: London Alternative Photography Collective

PHROOM magazine // international research platform and contemporary fine art photography and video art magazine // UNSEEN Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP

(Musicfor) Eggplant

(Music for) Eggplant confronts the traditional notions of authorship by presenting a remastered archive of the collective’s history and collaborations. With improvisation, absurd sounds and musical density being at the core of their collaborations, their work combines video, installations with fabrics, interaction, live stream images and audio.

website: (Musicfor) Eggplant

PHROOM magazine // international research platform and contemporary fine art photography and video art magazine // UNSEEN Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP

Migrant Image Research Group

Migrant Image Research Group involves illustrators, photographers, artists, historians, graphic designers and publishers. Questioning the circulating media images about migration through the Mediterranean Sea by finding new photographs and possibilities of representation, their goal is to collect images beyond the media stereotype and present a multi-perspective outlook on a complex phenomenon.

website: Migrant Image Research Group

PHROOM magazine // international research platform and contemporary fine art photography and video art magazine // UNSEEN Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP

Tokyo Photographic Research

TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHIC RESEARCH is a research-based project that approach- es contemporary photographic technique and debate through a multidisciplinary approach. Critically addressing the current image culture, media environment and modern technology, they aim to build an unconventional photographic archive with several artists portraying Tokyo’s shifting environment leading up to the 2020 Olympic Games.

PHROOM magazine // international research platform and contemporary fine art photography and video art magazine // UNSEEN Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP

Upominki

Founded in 2012 by Weronika Zielinska- Klein, Upominki, meaning ‘gifts’ in Polish, is a project space and a collaborative platform currently run with artist Natalia Sorzano. Interested in the multiple relationships built throughout their creative processes, the collective explores how individual artistic visions challenge that of the curator, aiming to stimulate people’s awareness for new artistic possibilities.

website: Upominki

PHROOM magazine // international research platform and contemporary fine art photography and video art magazine // UNSEEN Amsterdam 2018 CO-OP

Yaounde Photo Network

Dedicated to photography and other lens-based arts, Yaounde Photo Network is a Cameroonian initiative founded in 2016. By exhibiting the works of emerging local artists regionally and internationally, the collective aims to foster a creative dialogue between Cameroonian and international practitioners.

website: Yaounde Photo Network

SPECIAL EVENTS
Friday 21 September
14.00-15.00: Workshop: London Alternative Photography Collective
17.30-18.45: Discussion: Klaym & Yaounde Photo Network
20.00-21.00: Concert: (Music for) Eggplant

Saturday 22 September
12.30-13.15: Talk: Böhm Kobayashi
14.00-15.00: Workshop: Imagenred
17.30-18.45: Discussion: Depression Era & Migrant Image Research Group

Sunday 23 September
12.30-13.30: Workshop: Fotoromanzo Italiano
14.00-15.00: Workshop: London Alternative Photography Collective

UNSEEN Amsterdam

westergasfabriek
21-23 September 2018