Looking to the 21st century experience for inspiration, this selection of new visionaries highlights changing notions of identity, the impact of new technologies and the blurring lines between truth and fiction.
Working in front of and behind the camera, 2018 Aesthetica Emerging Art Prize winner Electra Lyhne-Gold is influenced by the visual power of cinema, providing reimagined narratives collaged together from mainstream media. questions the wider impact of advertising and information networks by fragmenting the language of publicity.
Winner of the C/O Berlin Talent Award, Moshammer (b. 1988) creates images using Google Maps, film footage and imagined compositions. By combining fiction and reality, the artist’s glossy, graphic and enigmatic images tap into key contemporary questions about the nature of truth in the digital age.
Work by New East Photo Prize 2018 finalist Eksta occupies the intersection between documentary and fiction, engaging with archival research and notions of performance. The Devil’s Lake examines a mysterious body of water in the middle of a forest in eastern Latvia, near to where the artist grew up.
Responding to a society dominated by social media, British artist and Somerset House studios resident Hannah Perry creates large-scale sculptures and immersive films engaging with ideas of emotional and mental health. In a timely show at Somerset House, London, entitled GUSH, the works come together, engaging with the poignant human experience of loss.
Mexican-British artist Alinka Echeverría (b. 1981) works across artists’ film and photography, combining a background in cultural anthropology with a critical approach to image-making. The practitioner was shortlisted for the 2017 Aesthetica Art Prize and Foam Talent, as well as the 2018 edition of the Prix Elysée.
1. The almost new special Car to feel special and appreciated, 2015. © Stefanie Moshammer. From the Series I Can Be Her.
2. Image courtesy of the artist.
3. Vika Eksta, from The Devil’s Lake.
4. Image courtesy of the artist.
5. A truck and a car, 2017. © Stefanie Moshammer. From the Series I Can Be Her.
6. Liquid Language © Hannah Perry and Somerset House.