Urs Lüthi is a Swiss eclectic and innovative conceptual artist. During his career he experimented with a wide range of styles and techniques. From photography, sculpture, performance, silk-screen, video and painting. His most iconic pieces are from his self portraiture, where he invokes his alter ego to embody his persona. These works invites his viewers into vital periods and moments that have influenced his life; like relationships, global issues, brands and advertising. Lüthi’s has exhibited his work in several European cities, such as Galerie Tanit in Munich, Studio Morra, Naples and Studio Marconi. In 2001, he participated in Venice Biennale by exhibiting himself – lying in the middle of the room in the Swiss pavilion. Since 1994 Lüthi has been a university professor in Kassel, Germany....
Peter Hujar is known for being an integral part of the downtown New York community through the 70’s and 80’s. As a photographer he was brave, detailed and often uncompromising. These attributes made him admired by the artists, musicians, writers and performers around him in the clandestine pockets of NYC. Hujar was not widely recognized until after his death to AIDS in 1987. He left behind a complex and profound body of work; focusing on black and white portraits with piercing connections to his subjects, photography of animals and landscapes. At the time, his work was often overlooked due to his “difficult” nature and unwillingness to pander to the marketplace and institution of the art world. In his lifetime, Hujar did achieve a publication of a book in 1976 called Portraits in Life and Death. The photo book was an unusual sequence of portraits of Hujar's friends along side pictures of corpses in the catacombs underneath an I...
French photographer Charles Fréger has always been fascinated by European tribal traditions. This inspired Fréger to travel around to 21 European countries to capture the costumes and the traditions.
Fréger began his journey in eastern Europe where he says there are many celebrations that mark the arrival of winter. Comparing costumes, each country has its own signifiers that pertain to their local landscape and cultures. Incorporation of animal pelts, branches, horns and bells are a common theme as the countries often create costumes around animal based folklore.
Fréger gives some insight to why so many celebrations are based around humans masquerading as an animal.“ It is not about being possessed by a spirit but it is about jumping voluntarily in the skin of an animal. You decide to become something else. You chose to become and animal, which is more exciting than being possessed by a demon”
After his long tour o...
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Imperial Courts, 1993-2015, a project by Dana Lixenberg draws attention to the Imperial Courts, a social housing project in Watts, Los Angeles.