Wandering Bears presents the output of a site specific collaboration between three artists; Charlie Engman a US based photographer and Luke Norman & Nik Adam, a photographic duo from the United Kingdom. The exhibition features a total of 15 works commissioned especially for the 2015 iteration of the Unseen Photo Festival in Amsterdam.
The unique process to create these works entailed the artists each exchanging images in the form of original RAW files, which were then manipulated and reworked by the artists themselves through their own distinctive methods. The final body of work has been curated and exhibited at the festival by Wandering Bears.
The initial brief was for the artists to reinterpret and recontextualise each other’s original images, with Norman & Adam adopting an entirely physical and analogue based approach with all elements of manipulation taking place on set and in camera. While Engman’s methods of post production was realised through the use of collage and digital layering by means of imaging software.
Charlie Engman (b.1987, Chicago) is an American artist and photographer. Engman received a BA in Japanese and Korean studies from the University of Oxford in 2009, where he also studied at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. Upon graduating, Engman returned to the U.S. where he began integrating his commercial, fashion, and art practices.
Luke Norman & Nik Adam
Luke Norman (b.1988, Bristol) and Nik Adam (b.1986, Sussex) first began working together in 2009, shortly after each receiving a BA in Photography from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. Currently based in London they continue to work collaboratively on personal and commercial projects, using photography to present discourse surrounding varying subjects from still life, portraiture and sculpture. This exhibition has been supported and made possible by the MIAP Foundation.