5 to See: This Weekend

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend’s must-see shows reflect on the present, exploring powerful stories of migration, humanity’s impact on the environment and delving into cultural mythologies.

Stephen Shore, from American Surfaces. Courtesy of 303 Gallery.

Stephen Shore, Sprueth Magers, Los Angeles

Presenting iconic photographs from 1969 to the present, this show demonstrates Shore’s interest in the American vernacular – from stream-of-consciousness views of Los Angeles to expansive road trips around changing states. Until 30 August.

© Benedicte Kurzen & Sanne De Wilde, France/Belgium, Shortlist, 2019 ZEISS Photography Award

Land of Ibeji, TJ Boulting, London

Bénédicte Kurzen and Sanne De Wilde navigate the mythology of twinhood in Nigeria in Land of Ibeji, a collaborative photo series that uses mythology to address wider themes of identity, genetics, demographics, economy, religion and environmental issues. Until 29 June.

Adrian Paci, Centro de permanenza temporanea, 2007

The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement, The Phillips Collection, Washington

Multidisciplinary work by 75 artists asks urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of migration and the current global refugee crisis. International practitioners explore both real and imaginary geographies, reconstructing personal and collective stories. Opens 22 June.

Esther Teichmann, Untitled from Mythologies, 2015.

On Sleeping and Drowning, Flowers Gallery, London

London-based artist Esther Teichmann crafts dreamlike works that look at the relationships between loss, desire and the imaginary. Anonymous figures traverse otherworldly swamps, caves and grottoes in otherworldly darkness. Until 22 June. 

Henrik Spohler, Sans titre 5, from the series Vue sur le Jura, 2018. © The artist.

Henrik Spohler, Musée des beaux-arts Le Locle

What do we mean by “nature” in the 21st century? Spohler’s compositions reveal how humans alter the landscape, documenting locations where the urban and rural collide. Through bright greens and blues, the images reflect tensions within the countryside.  Opens 22 June.

Lead image: Henrik Spohler, from In Between.