November 11, 2003 - Flash Art International - Focus Photography, part two
November 11, 2003

Focus Photography, part two

Focus Photography, part two
November-December 2003

Flash Art International
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The new issue of Flash Art is out now, and what better way to avoid the winter blues than an issue that features part two of Focus Photography — Flash Arts exploration of current photography? The Industrial Art addresses some of the key issues surrounding photography today by means of a panel consisting of Peter Halley, Bill Charles, and Neville Wakefield, chaired by Craig Garrett. Garrett also grapples with objectivity/subjectivity in relation to snapshot photography in the article Coerced Confessions, while Michele Robecchi interviews photographer Shirana Shahbazi during her residency in the States. Michael Cohen catches up with artist Miguel Calderon at his recent exhibition in New York, and Julia Peyton Jones speaks with Mario Testino about his radical new personal project — a series of religious portraits entitled Disciples. The photographer also presents a special project in our pages. Moving from piety to parody, Priya Bhatnagar discovers that a pair of melons can function as a satirical device in the critique of popular culture when she investigates the photographic imagery of Stuart Hawkins. Flash Art concludes Focus Photography with our presentation 45 international contemporary artists working with the medium of photography, including Darren Almond, Marta Deskur, Esko Mannikko, Otobong Nkanga, Bruno Serralongue, Bharat Sikka, Ozawa Tsuyoshi, and Santos R. Vasquez.

And as if all that photography wasnt enough, Hans Rudolf Reust leads us into the very different reality represented by the work of our cover artist Eberhard Havekost. Adrian Dannatt introduces many of us to the work of the young painter Keegan McHargue, who creates a world inhabited by strange hairy beasts of improbable provenance, monsters and magicians and mystic beasts from some familiar yet not quite identifiable ethnic myth, and Attila Tordai-S gives us the lowdown on the Romanian art scene.

Just when you thought it couldnt get any better, this issue also covers the biennales in Lyon, Beijing and Istanbul, and offers reviews of over 20 exhibitions including Matthew Barney, Roger Andersson, Kevin Zucker, Rosa Loy, Malachi Farrell, Danica Phelps, Nadia Lauro, and Georgy Ostretsov. All this with the usual news and previews from around the world and a round-up of recent goings-on in the Big Apple.

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