THE EYE IS A LONELY HUNTER - Images of Humankind

 

FOTOGALERIET, OSLO

18.01 — 24.02.13

Curated by Katerina Gregos and Solvej Helweg Ovesen

Participating artists: Ravi Agarwal (India), Said Atabekov (Uzbekistan), Sofia Burchardi & Plamen Bontchev (Denmark / Bulgaria), Gohar Dashti (Iran), Fouad Elkoury (Lebanon), Hasan & Husain Essop (South Africa), Jacob Holdt (Denmark), Pieter Hugo (South Africa), Barbara Metselaar Berthold (Germany), Paolo Woods (Netherlands/Haiti)

 

The group photography exhibition The Eye is a Lonely Hunter - Images of Humankind, included internationally acclaimed names like Pieter Hugo, Jacob Holdt, Gohar Dashti and Paolo Woods. The exhibition was curated by Katerina Gregos and Solvej Helweg Ovesen especially for Fotogalleriet and presented a selection of artists from the 4th Fotofestival Mannheim_Ludwigshafen_Heidelberg and the Grimmuseum, Berlin, in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

The exhibition was conceived as a photographic case study on the human condition as we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century. Bordering between the practices of documentary and artistic photography, the works present different subjective perspectives of a voyage into the realm of humankind and the challenges we face today. The photographers presented in the exhibition conduct sociological, ethnographic and often counter-anthropological research in the light of globalization, the aftermath of colonialism and collapsed ideologies.

 

The exhibition includes photography that advocates a new photographic humanism, an approach to photography which is more directly engaged, acknowledges the responsibilities and problematics of the politics of representation, and the pitfalls of stereotyping and fiction underlying the capturing of the ‘other’. The Eye is a Lonely Hunter emphasizes direct communication and asks whether constructed pictures can be as true as documentary ones? Can interaction and intimacy from the photographers’ side sometimes replace ‘objective’ social analysis or activism in a survey on the human condition?

The exhibition was accompanied by a series of lectures and talks to present the artists’ projects and discuss the notions of creating counter-anthropological observations, recognition and the base of social change through photographic images. 

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