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Upside down

A curated international photography exhibition

March 9 – April 1, 2023                                                                         newsletter

Bridge Reflecting in Canal
Hotel RAW
Pattern Language
Sunlight in Café
City of Dreams
Constructed spaces 3
Green Shadows
Roadside Debris
Bark No. 3
Among the trees
Tranquil jungle
Victoria Country Park Chapel
Fringe Areas | Hidden Greens 3
Pandemic Shadows 65 flamingo shadow upside down
Flip The Switch
3rd Nude of 19th August, 2022 – Reversed
In Perpetuity
Scene 1
Golden Pond
Invisible Cities V
A Bridge
Hanging Around
Cross shape
Public Space
Pattern 6407
Bodies No. 1
Out of Context (Schultz Bakery McDonalds)
Dark water rippling
Ross_Over London
In the Camera Obscura Classroom
Tes Pas dans l'Escalier
Holding down
Urbangraphy 220522
Male dancer No.1
Architecture abstraction No. 2

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While photographs are valued for their depictive potential and representative content, the non-depictive, non-representational aspects of photographic works are also strongly related to their aesthetic significance. In this spirit, art photography has always aimed for the unity of form and content. Abstract photography has gone even further, celebrating abstract compositions for their own sake, without the need for appreciating or even recognising depictive content in the images. Turning a photograph upside down tends to strip it from its representative function, because the depicted scene and objects are difficult if not impossible to recognise when the image is turned to its side or upside down. However, the formal, compositional aspects of photographs become more pronounced that way, as our attention is steered away from scene and object recognition. In our Upside down exhibition, we would like to show photographs that are indeed turned upside down. Any photograph is eligible if the artist is willing to show it in this unusual way. Abstract photographs might be considered to be the most suitable candidates for this experimental exhibiting method, but there are many depictive works as well whose compositional qualities might also be appreciated in novel ways when turning them upside down, thus liberating us from studying and concentrating on their representational content. Landscapes, bodyscapes, symmetrical compositions, or even architectural and street photography may be good candidates for turning images upside down, but images in other photographic genres may also be considered for this exhibition.


Curator's choice

Todd Dieringer: Bridge Reflecting in Canal

Honourable mentions

Eva Brunner: Hotel RAW

Tom Laurence: Pattern Language

Karen Safer: Sunlight in Café

Exhibiting photographers

Marea Atkinson (B.Adelaide, Australia), Noémi B.Tier (Budapest, Hungary), Paola Francesca Barone (Napoli, Italy), Robin Bell (New York, NY, USA), Robert Brook (Shrewsbury, UK), Eva Brunner (Berlin, Germany), Dagmara Bugaj (Łódź, Poland), Marlena Cechmistrz-Milczarek (Warsaw, Poland), Hsien-Chih Chuang (Taiwan), Sophia Elizabeth (Kingston, Australia), Konrad Cox (Southampton, UK), Maks Dannecker (Berlin, Germany), Paul Delpani (Vienna, Austria), Todd Dieringer (Akron, OH, USA), Suzette Dushi (New York, NY, USA), Laurie Toby Edison (San Francisco, CA, USA), Sari Fried-Fiori (Katy, TX, USA), László Gálos (Capelle aan den Ijssel, Netherlands), Maureen Haldeman (Malibu, CA, USA), Leena Holmström (Finland, Oulu), Gary Justis (Bloomington, IL, USA), Amanda Large (Toronto, Canada), Tom Laurence (Urbana, IL, USA), Iveta Lazdina (Sigulda, Latvia), Vincent Leandro (Talent, OR, USA), Mary C Legg (Prague, Czechia), Gavin Libotte (Sydney, Australia), Richard Luxton (Bristol, UK), Ileana Montaño (Mexico City, Mexico), Joseph O’Neill (New York, NY, USA), Juergen Pawlik (Woerthsee, Germany), Michael G. Prais (Geneva, IL, USA), Katalin Pusztaszeri (Budapest, Hungary), Jason Ray (Jackson, MS, USA), Jane Ross (London, UK), Karen Safer (Playa del Rey, CA, USA), Szilárd Schlauszky (Székesfehérvár, Hungary), Dina Sirat (Netanya, Israel), Igal Stulbach (Bat Yam, Israel), Allan Syphers (Gwynedd Valley, PA, USA), Kicca Tommasi (Rome, Italy), Ilya Trofimenko (Dresden, Germany), Eszter Varga (Kecel, Hungary), Eiji Yamamoto (Saarbruecken, Germany), Iana Zholud (Kyiv, Ukraine)

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