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Upside down

A curated international photography exhibition

February 10 – March 5, 2024                                                                 newsletter

Inverted Thrills
Ice Skating
Urban Wondering - untitled 04
Beijing Moat
Cabot Trail
Wesley Lake
Reflective Model 1.
Abstract Expressionism
Pool, Rainy Night, California
Step By Step
Winding Path
Tree Bark
Car Wash II
Upside Down 1 (Roosevelt Island)
Upside Down 2 (8th Avenue)
Unstaged Architectural Poetry No. 2
Unstaged Architectural Poetry No. 9
Stairs in Matera No. 3
Please Be Seated
Singapore Pool
Emotional Forest 6
Mirror & Ceiling
Dual Nature
Sumersault 1
Sumersault 3
Man in the Door
Arcana 12 No. 3
Fifty Fifty
Charcoal Snags

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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 of its representative function because the depicted scene and objects are difficult, if not impossible, to recognise when the image is turned on its side or upside down. However, the formal, compositional aspects of photographs become more pronounced in this manner, as our attention is directed away from scene and object recognition. In our Upside down exhibition, we aim to showcase photographs that are indeed turned upside down. Any photograph is eligible if the artist is willing to present it in this unconventional way. Abstract photographs might be considered 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 turned upside down. This allows us to liberate ourselves from scrutinizing and concentrating solelyon their representational content. Landscapes, bodyscapes, symmetrical compositions, and even architectural and street photography may be excellent candidates for presenting images upside down, but photographs from other genres are also included in this exhibition.

Curator's choice

Anda Marcu: Inverted Thrills

Honourable mentions

Barry Bellovin: Ice Skating

Leena HolmströmComposition

Anne Tonion: Ostensible 

Exhibiting photographers

Barry Bellovin (New York, NY, USA), Xavier Blondeau (Gisors, France), Stu Bloom (Fairfield, CT, USA), Dorie Dahlberg (Long Branch, NJ, USA), Todd Dieringer (Akron, OH, USA), Mark A. Dierker (Dubuque, IA, USA), Edit Ebers-Ujvári (Budapest, Hungary), Sari Fried-Fiori (Katy, TX, USA), László Gálos (Salgótarján, Hungary), Victoria Gewirz (Wellesley, MA, USA), Carole Glauber (Ra’anana, Israel), Christina-Stavrula Hatzilau (Athens, Greece), Leena Holmström (Oulu, Finland), Don Kline (Baltimore, MD, USA), Rosita Larsson (Stockholm, Sweden), George Levar (Palatine, IL, USA), Andrea London (New York, NY, USA), Anda Marcu (London, ON, Canada), Dan McCormack (Accord, NY, USA), Robert Morrissey (Portland, OR, USA), Fern L. Nesson (Cambridge, MA, USA), Nikola Olić (Dallas, TX, USA), Valentina Paparozzi (Viterbo, Italy), Stelvio Peti (Rome, Italy), John Potter (Dubuque, IA, USA), Karen Safer (Playa del Rey, CA, USA), Jane Schultz (Southeast Florida, USA), Emma Sywyj (Sheffield, UK), Noémi Tamás (Budapest, Hungary), Edit Ternyák (Budapest, Hungary), Anne Tonion (Perth, WA, Australia), Szilvia Tóth (Budapest, Hungary), Constance Vepstas (Chicago, IL, USA), Eddy Verloes (Boutersem, Belgium), Ingrid-Nathalie Wizun (Montreuil, France), Georg Worecki (Daleiden, Germany), Root Yarden (Upper Galilee, Israel), Eric Zeigler (Maumee, OH, USA)

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