#youarelookingatsomethingthatneveroccurred : where the hashtag is key

30 March-9 July at the Zabludowicz collection, London
You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred, 2017. Installation view at Zabludowicz Collection. Photo: Thierry Bal
You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred, 2017. Installation view at Zabludowicz Collection. Photo: Thierry Bal
Early this morning, I woke up to great art and an inspiring curation. I visited The Zabludowicz Collection for their new exhibition: #youarelookingatsomethingthatneveroccurred. There, the hashtag is key. We live in a world in which we obsess over Instagram or experience most of our life digitally and yet the exhibition is dedicated to the development of interesting photographic processes and photographers from the past forty years. Ironically, I found out about this exhibition via Instagram…Oh well, we live in a time of contradictions so let’s embrace them.
You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred, 2017. Installation view at Zabludowicz Collection. Photo: Thierry Bal

You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred, 2017. Installation view at Zabludowicz Collection. Photo: Thierry Bal

There I was, standing in front of my favourite work by Wolfgang Tillmans : Italian Costal Guard Flying Rescue Mission Off Lampedusa 2008. A moving piece that depicts the risky crossing of the Mediterranean sea to Italy and there, ending tragically. Turner, my first love, was everywhere in this photograph.

Tillmans, Wolfgang Italian Costal Guard Flying Rescue Mission off Lampedusa, 2008., Germany

Tillmans, Wolfgang Italian Costal Guard Flying Rescue Mission off Lampedusa, 2008., Germany

The gallery – located in a converted nineteenth-century Methodist chapel- demonstrates a great use of the space. Finding placements that create a dialogue with the viewers, the curator Paul Luckraft made the works engage physically with the original architecture.

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You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred, 2017. The  Zabludowicz Collection. Photo: Thierry Bal

A huge piece by Jeff Wall mounted on top of an old staircase dominates the space, almost looking like a divine artwork. Once again, something that you have to experience -in person- not on Instagram.

“The photographic image feels ever-present, perhaps even over-familiar. Then, how do artists go about producing works that manage to engage us?”

You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred, 2017. Installation view at Zabludowicz Collection. Photo: Thierry Bal

You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred, 2017. Installation view at Zabludowicz Collection. Photo: Thierry Bal

Most of these pictures, due to their complex textures (photographic paper, display and development processes) actually look terrible on Instagram. You need to live the experience. So…Yes, go and see it for yourself.

Four women looking in the same direction, Prince Richard Four

Four women looking in the same direction, Prince Richard Four

This brings us back to the core question of the exhibition: “the photographic image feels ever-present, perhaps even over-familiar. Then, How do artists go about producing works that still manage to engage us?” The answer may be complex, but artists Cindy Sherman, Christopher Williams, Richard Prince, Erin Shirreff, Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky, Wolfgang Tillmans, Anne Collier, Natalie Czech, Elad Lassry and Sara VanDerBeek certainly inspired me.

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“You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred”
30 March- 9July 2017

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An advocate for artists since a young age, Marine managed her first gallery at age 21, opened her first art gallery in Los Angeles at age 23 and finally created her current business, MTArt, to promote the artists she believed in across the globe. MTArt is the first artist agency promoting influential visual artists and specialising in talent management: building, growing and accelerating their careers.Marine is a thought leader, writer and frequent speaker on contemporary art. She is a member of The Thousand Network, the Creative Industries Federation, the Association of Women Art Dealers and a fellow of the RSA. Marine was listed on the Future of Women and is the London art ambassador of www.ohsoarty.com www.marinetanguyart.com