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Somos Libres II

The exhibition “Somos Libres II” – the titles refers to the Peruvian national anthem – presents a selection of works from Mario Testino’s contemporary art private collection, curated by Neville Wakefield. Focusing on the tension between photography and abstract painting, the exhibition includes works by Tauba Auerbach, Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol and many…

In and Out of Fashion

Vivian Sassen’s exhibition “In and Out of Fashion”, currently on show at the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, focuses on the fashion work the Dutch photographer has developed in the past 18 years, alongside her acclaimed artistic career. The presented images – more than 300 pieces between past classics, new work and a site-specific installation – are…

Vanishing point, Batia Suter at miart 2014, Milan

We are happy to announce our participation to Miart – International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art, which will take place in Milan from March 28th to 30th. As a result of our collaboration with Marsèlleria‚ a multidisciplinary exhibition space in Milan‚ we present Vanishing point, the site-specific installation created by Amsterdam-based artist Batia Suter.

Miriam Böhm. Inventory

As featured on Fantom 05 / Winter 2012 There are many ways this  series could elicit reactions from its viewers: perplexing, in the form of a cocked brow or furrowed forehead; confusion, as necks crane closer and closer to the images, clearly looking for something; or perhaps boredom. The subjects of her photos, after all, could…

Irina Polin. Show-Cases

As featured in Pop-Up on Fantom 06 / Winter 2011   Irina Polin (1971) is a Russian-born, Switzerland-based artist, and the protagonist of this issue’s Pop-Up section. She studied in Moscow at The Arts College Named After the Memory of Year 1905 and the School of Art and Design in Lucerne. She is the recipient…

Yumiko Utsu

As featured on Fantom 03 / Spring 2011   Her work is a mix of performance, sculpture, photography, Pop and Surrealism. Her process usually starts when she finds beautiful bugs in her garden or things like vegetables, flowers and other organic materials at the market. These are the basic subjects for the installations she prepares and…

Reza Aramesh. Between the Eye and the Object Falls a Shadow…

As featured on Fantom 03 / Spring 2011   Looking at the work of Reza Aramesh, one inevitably thinks that all styles and approaches to documentary photography have radically changed in relationship with the arts and other media. Aramesh’s perfectly executed translations of images taken from the news, merge the opposite ends of the photographic spectrum,…

Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili. Collages + flat Death

As featured on Fantom 02 / Winter 2010   As a child, Alexi-Meskhishvili would dismantle every toy that was given to her. Nowadays, she is still doing the same thing – but images have replaced the toys. “The tension between what is revealed and what is obstructed is an inherent puzzle of photography which I…

Press: Vogue.it

Les Villes Invisibles December 4th, 2014           Fantom & La Mer at Art Basel Miami 2010 December 3rd, 2010         Joachim Schmid’s O Campo July 8th, 2010  

Photography is Pointless. Luca Nostri meets Guido Guidi

As featured in Eye To Eye on Fantom 05 / Autumn 2010 Guido Guidi was born in Cesena, Italy, in 1941. He started to photograph in the 50s and is one of the most renowned European ‘topographical’ photographers. His work is focused mainly on the geographical, historical, political, architectural, individual and social aspects of the landscape.…

The Past of the Future. Francesco Zanot in conversation with Olivo Barbieri.

As featured on Fantom 04 / Summer 2010 Olivo Barbieri (Italy, 1954) investigates the intersections of reality and its perception through a single lens. The series Flippers, 1977-78, featured here was the starting point of his observations over the uncertainty of the world’s surface, which then continued with an extended research on artificial illumination (that…

Fair Warning. Hank Willis Thomas introduced by his gallerist Katie Rashid

As featured on Fantom 04 / Summer 2010 In Unbranded, Hank Willis Thomas’s largest and best known series to date, the artist selected two advertisements each year from 1968 to 2008, removing all logos and text in order to uncover what was really being sold: the representation of African-Americans, for consumption by the constituent public.…

Press: The Eagle-Eyed Fantom Editor is Cool As Fuck

A conversation between Selva Barni and Federico Sarica. As featured in The/End Magazine #15, March 2010. Selva Barni is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fantom, the new quarterly dedicated to photography. A Toscan raised in Florence, 34 years old, today Selva lives in Milan after the experience of living and working in New York. She has…

By Appointment Only. Francesco Zanot visits the collection of Linda Fregni Nagler

For his first Fantom incursion into photography collections, critic and curator Francesco Zanot visited artist Linda Fregni Nagler’s peculiar selection of old tintypes, magic lantern glass slides, gelatin prints and more… The 9 images presented hereafter were chosen and extensively captioned by both; technically, symbolically, historically, emotionally and carefully.   HIDDEN MOTHER. The presentation of…

Ramak Fazel, 20 January 2009

As Featured in Reportage on Fantom First Issue / Summer 2009 The weather was the most effective form of crowd control. 1,8 million arrived in the predawn hours on the National Mall and snuggled closely together, tucked in sleeping bags, blankets and makeshift windbreaks made from piles of cardboard trash. At 10 a.m. the Smithsonian opened…

Mickalene Thomas. Portraits

As featured on Fantom 01 / Autumn 2009   “One of the things I look for in the women I work with is a unique, sometimes unexpected interpretation of what it means to be a woman. I love photographing powerful women who possess their own particular strength and charisma and I like to think that…