A year has passed since we welcomed Jason Evans to Wandering Bears, he’s shared with us an insight into a number of Europe’s up and coming photo fairs with his classic Daily Nice style and some encourianging words about the future of photography. So we hand over the rains once again for a look in Ant!foto Dusseldorf
The thoughtful curators of Ant!foto moonlighted as our accommodating hosts whilst also responsible for the Bohm/Kobayashi imprint the photographic artists Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber just don’t stop!
Ant!foto is as much about bringing something very alternative to Dusseldorf, to challenge it’s cultural brand, as it is about making a supportive place for meeting and exchange. Accordingly I had a really lovely time in Dusseldorf. My favorite thing at the show was a piece by Rene Bonsink. Entitled 4-D it’s an archive video of a tape/slide two projector piece he made in 1983 of Kiefernstrasse a famously squatted street of which he is one of the original occupiers.
Christoph Dettmier’s ‘Country Karaoke’ is one of the most profound photo-performance pieces I’ll ever see… I totally got it and I don’t speak German… Really great to meet Olivier Kablat too… nice tunes!
The show left me feeling and wondering about the threads that linked the works in the minds of Oliver and Katja. I am glad to be still pondering, rather than having some ready-digested culture easily swallowed.
By the way, there’s a large and long established Japanese community in Dusseldorf so if the schnitzel don’t get you the ramen will. Did I mention the pilsner?