Marias photographs are normally not planed. Wherever she goes she carries her camera with her. Her new photographs “State of Emergency” are however totally planned.
Maria spent a week alone in Iceland, with the intent to capture the Icelandic soul. Everyday she had to pass a corner with a sofa by the window to get to her room at her hostel. The light from the window changed the appearance of the corner during the cycles of day and night. The ever-changing light and the diverse landscape visible through the window in the corner, made her reflect on enormous impact the dramatic nature and the never ending unsettled land has on the icelandic inhabitants. Maria experienced that all Icelanders she spoke to threw long glances out at the surrounding nature while speaking like they totally fell out of the situation, to a place where she couldn’t reach them.
“The desire to belong to something is a fundamental part of human nature. Everyone needs to have interpersonal relationships in their lives. However, I have never felt the belongingness to nature in itself as strongly as I did through the people in Iceland. At the end of the week, I used a model by the window in the corner, trying to capture the beauty of this state”, Maria says.
Maria continues “The art work has been given the name ”State of Emergency”, inspired by Björk’s music piece “Jóga”, a sonic representation of the geographical beauty of her homeland. Björk calls it an ode to her native land and her best friend Jóga, with subtexts relating to emergency. A state that cannot be put into words, and which followed me wherever I went, both through Björk’s magic piece of music and from just being on the island”
State of Emergency by Maria Prestmo
This year piQmo choose to exhibit at the Affordable Art Fair in London. We´ll just give you some insights of whats being exhibited this time and of course give you the pieces that we feel are worth showing. And…Naturally piQmo is drawn to photography but we will also show other great pieces. The show contains lots of different art forms like sculpture, paintings, photographs and more.
The first photos you´ll meet here are from a greek artist, Aristotle Rouhanis. He has a fenomenal way of playing with light. You´ll find him art Arte Globale.
Photographer Aristotle Roufanis represented by Arte Globale
Anotehr interessting photographer we found was Andrea Torres who is represented by Galeria Miguel Alzueta from Barcelona. Such nice stand and lovely exhibited. I want to se more of this photographer. If you do too click in this link
Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead, London. artist Andrea Torres
We are happy to introduce Peter de Ru´s photo series “Rotterdam harbor” shoot in 1979. The charming grainy effect, that modern photographers seek and try to create today, is of course an authentic element in all his analogue photos.
Rotterdam Harbour photo series by Peter de Ru
The photo series shows us not only the rough life as worker in the harbor but they also take us in to intimate, authentic meetings between men and woman in the well known bar Black Swan at the harbor. The photos are all authentic as the feeling in them as there is a strong presence in all of Peter photos.
Black Swan bar at Rotterdam Harbor from 1979. Photography by Peter de Ru
The photo “Compass Dukdalf”, below, are one of those photos you´ll just not be able take anymore. The reason is that the job as Dukdalf is no longer in practice due to that all ships have GPS today.
Peter is born in the Netherlands and due to love he moved to Sweden in 1969. Not only was he a student at Christer Strömholms Photo School, now called Fotoskolan, in Stockholm but he was also lecturing in photography at Valands school of art in Gothenburg as well as Beckmans School of Arts in Stockholm. Peter has been working as a professional photographer since 1975 and has gained international knowledge with his photographic art works.
Enjoy his photos in our online gallery.
This Art selection was picked by Rebecca Malherbe. A Berlin-based art history student that studied at Michaelis school of fine arts in Cape Town. She is an Art and photography enthusiast who has picked her favorite pieces from the piQmo Gallery and told us why.
The image Soul depicts a human in a body of water that is covered by what seems like a pink cloud. I particularly like this image as it reflects my own imaginative view of what the soul could embody. There is no true form to what our souls look like, Anna Seifert captures an essence of what could be. The image is calming through the presence of the pink cloud and the water surrounding the person. As the viewer, I am able to get lost in my thoughts of our formless soul.
Soul / Anna Seifert
Old Lover, caught my attention due to the movement of the image. Even though the people in the photograph are sitting, Nyberg was able to create a dynamic atmosphere. The man who stares at the viewer enables one to immediately connect with the image as if one were standing in the room with him. The soft hue creates a sense of warmness, enhancing the feeling of the viewer’s presence.
a perfect mixture of being part of the image and being an observer is created.
Old Lover / Marcus Nyberg
The dreamlike state that Rydén seeks to portray is strongly felt in this image. There is a definitive sense of disrupting reality. As the viewer, I feel taken away by the icy blue yet pulled back in by the human figure. Rydén has captured what seems to be an image out of a dream. The darkness that nearly engulfs the image reminds one of sleepy half closed eyes, drifting off or slowly waking up. She leaves the viewer to decide which one it is.
Hypnagogia / Beata Rydén
Andreas von Gegerfelt
This black and white image speaks to me because of the composition. It seems as if the photograph were taken whilst quickly walking by, capturing the woman’s face expression and her surroundings just as they were. Due to these factors, I feel that the image is true and not tampered with. It portrays a single moment in time that Gegerfelt witnessed. The photograph reminds me of photos taken by Dorothea Lange, who captured people’s facial expressions with an essence of truth.
Folkrace / Andreas von Gegerfelt
In the Box | Yoshihiko Ito | PGI Photo Gallery International
The pictures were relaxing and calm. The repetitive set up (cut out strips, put back together) of the image was just the little anomaly that was needed to find it really interesting. However it was the artist text that got me thinking all night.
(Quote, from text by Yoshihiko Ito.)
As I pull out a dusty box, I realize that I can’t recall what it contains. …
You can loose your memories, but you can’t throw away the ones you don’t want anymore. …
In this world we don’t get a message that lights up to tell us we have zero gigs of memory left. We can try throwing away what we don’t need into the trash. The trouble is that it doesn’t always disappear.
For fun I cut up some expired film into seven or eight centimetres strips, put them into a bottle with some water, sealed it up and put it on my desk. After some time, the water started getting cloudy. With a little more time, I looked inside to find that pieces of the film’s surface had peeled off and were floating around like jellyfish. Eventually these jellyfish dissolved. Imagining our memories following this same pattern is enough to give me nightmares.
The series began as an attempt to make emakimono (Japanese picture scrolls) out of photography. Using strands of light and time I’ve managed to stich these photographs into just that.
(End of quote.)
Art by Yoshihito Ito @PGI Tokyo
PS. Take an extra look at how the art piece to the right is mounted in the frame. It is called Float Mounting. It will show the entire art piece, including edges, and give you a good view of what paper the art is printed on. Conservational methods and materials are used for all Float Mounted frames and it is recommended for fine art prints. This method requires the most time as delicate techniques are used.
If you want to read more about Float mounting here is a link
xx // Anna
with a smile on my face – check!
Tokyo life is taking shape.
Settling in at the same time as the city is pulling you out from your comfort zone.
Clear blue skies have hit me every morning behind the curtains, …for real?
Skies turn dark and the neon light will take advantage until dawn.
(Never ending) ‘to see’ list dominates the kitchen table.
A few checks are already there; multiple choices are confusing and eagerness is controlled.
Tradition meets politeness meets food bonanza meets lost in translation meets crazy costumes meets art en masse.
Northern light vs. neon light, time will tell.
I will share my honest impressions from the Tokyo art scene.
piQmo goes Tokyo w/ Anna
Mark Yashaev was recently rewarded with The Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Award for young Isreali Artists. The exhibition, now exhibited at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, shows photos from his personal photographic archive with a mixture from the everyday life and the wondrous.
His photography acknowledges the uncertainty of the photographic image. He undermines photography´s fundamental concept of a decisive, photographic moment. His work is twofold. Building an installation, taking photos of it, printing, installing the print in his studio and taking a photo of the photographed set, this time flattened.
So his first photo starts as two dimensional then becomes there dimensional and ends up as two dimensional again. “I wanted to raise more questions about creating, and searched for a rational, intellectual process that evolves to other practices such as sculpture and installation” Yashaev says in an interview about this work.
See more photos from Mark Yashhaev on his site here
Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev
Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev
Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev
Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev
I wanted to read it over and over again. The text that Anna Seifert wrote that are linked to her new photo series “I see you”. It touches me! It effects me! It makes me think about how beautiful life is and how important it is to be true to yourself, dare going deep down in to your innermost and find more layers of yourself.
Read it! Feel it! Enjoy.
(*please note that the thoughts are written in Swedish so it might have other effects when translated to English)
I see you
Life is not for granted
We look for things that matter to us
We find security in the idea that there are several seekers
We move close to the edge
balance between everyday life and daydream
We are filled with moments and relationships
that matter to us
We let go
fall down through the surface
we discover several layers of ourselves
Further into the core
We land, softly
The essence is here, maybe exactly where we stand
What we are looking for is meaning
dare to live for it.
/ Anna Seifert
“soul” is part of Anna Seiferts photo series “I see you”
Photographer Oleg Panomarev
I hade a great and exciting meeting with our new Russian photographer Oleg Ponomarev in St. Petersburg. The hour we had just passed to quickly. I could have stayed for another three hours listening to Oleg..
In retrospect, I feel really corny having these old fashion ideas of how a Russian photographer would look like and how he would be dressed. In to our meeting point, at my hotell, came a young, modern and very cheerful Russian with twinkling eyes, anything but my old beliefs. After our hour together, I understood more of him and how young Russians think now a days. He carries an immense drive that he uses very skillfully with or perhaps through his camera. Not only does Olegs project “checkpoint”, that piqmo sell, have an interesting story he also has a number of completed and ongoing projects. One of them is “A village School” a project that National Geographic is about to publish. See these photographs further down.
The photographs and the story about “Checkpoint” was brought in to light by Lens Culture. This project required a lot of dubious contacts with security guards in St. Petersburg metro. Why? Well showing x-rays from travelers contents to outsiders and allowing an unknown documentary photographer to recieve photos of the x-rays is of course strictly prohibited. Still many security guards found it interesting and rallied behind Oleg´s project so the only practical option was to allow Oleg to take photos of the x-ray screens. Checkpoint is thus photo on a screen.
The project lasted for months and Oleg could receive unknown incoming calls at any time of day from a variety of security guards who wanted to show him a specific x-ray. Sometimes, he was assigned a certain time and a certain place where someone he did not know took him to places where they could show him x-rays. Oleg says it was like a detective work.
Eventually, he reached the amount and quality of x-rays to what he sought bring to light. His idea is to bring to us all a slap reminder of what our society looks like today. A highly insecure very secured society.. Politicians claim that societys security has never been better as today. Never have we had so many security controls, surveillance cameras and policemen and still the uncertainty among the population, regardless of where in the world we are, is increasing every day. The population does no longer feel that society can protect them and the result of that is that individuals acquire guns for protection.
This is the very sense of Olegs x-ray photo series. Please se more on the gallery.
Photographer Oleg Ponomarev and piQmo´s Paula Lidström
Another interesting and society-based projects that Oleg has done are “Mari people”. A dying minority from a small village in the middle of Russia. See more here
Oleg’s latest project is “A Village School”. This is a series of photographs, from a small village in Russia, with the intention to finally get politicians to build a school for the children. The photos has been published in National Geographic. The small village was promised a school for over 10 years. Since nothing happens Oleg decided to take matters in to his own hands by bringing the village and the children without a school in to light through his photographs. Everyone can help by signing the petition.
A villiga school by photographer Oleg Ponomarev
A villige school by photographer Oleg Ponomarev
Oleg Ponomarev, Checkpoint #1
piQmo being the first gallery in Europe exhibiting and selling his art, we proudly announce our latest contributor from Leningrad in Russia, Oleg Ponomarev.
With his photographic project ’Checkpoint’ we are given a slap reminder of our present society. Raising a very current subject and considering what’s happening in the world today, we believe it is important and refreshing to express this topic through art.
‘Checkpoint’ is a series of authentic images of x-ray security scans across the subway system in St Petersburg.
We find ourselves stuck between real life and virtual reality
Read more about the project Checkpoint.
Oleg Ponomarev, Checkpoint #6
Oleg Ponomarev, Checkpoint #9