5 to See: This Weekend

5 to See: This Weekend

Shows opening at the end of September examine the nature of photography in an increasingly digital landscape, looking to ideas of authenticity, globalisation and the female experience.

Entity of Spatial Existence, Singapore International Photography Festival

This collection looks to changing concepts of space, uncovering a variety of definitions through photography and moving image. Transcending the physical, each piece visualises a range of theoretical responses. The featured work is by Jun Ahn, and is part of the Self-Portrait series. Until 28 October.

Nicholas Nixon: Life Work, C/O Berlin

Nixon’s signature black and white documentary images explore universal aspects of humanity such as life and death, love and loss, stasis and change. This exhibition foregrounds a variety of subject matter, including cityscapes, portraits and still life. Looking to concepts of time, the collection evokes feelings of nostalgia. From 29 September.

Confusing Public and Private: The Third Beijing Photo Biennial, CAFA Art Museum

Investigating the role of photography in the digital age, Beijing Photo Biennial demonstrates the  democratisation of the medium across smart phones and social media. The images respond to the rise of virtual spaces, showing how – in the digital age – ideas of public and private become blurred. Until 28 November.

Women.Now, The Austrian Cultural Forum, New York

Foregrounding contemporary female practitioners from Austria and the US, this interdisciplinary show unearths the experiences of women in society and the art world. Works on display look to the legacies of historic events, celebrating the major anniversaries of the 1918 and 1920 – when some women were given the right to vote. Until 18 February.

David Stewart: Paid Content, Wren London

Using the setting of an advertising agency to explore the impact of globalisation on workplace culture, Paid Content highlights notions of disconnection and media saturation in the 21st century. Stewart’s highly stylised images investigate ideas of truth and fiction by presenting sleek, intricately constructed scenes. Until 17 November.

1. © David Stewart. Going Up 2017
2. Weronika Gęsicka, Untitled #5 from the book Traces, photo: courtesy of the artist
3. View of Battery Plaza, NYC, 1975. Nicholas Nixon. Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. 
4. Jun Ahn, Self-Portrait (New York), 2013
5. Eva Schlegel Untitled (177), 2009 Silkscreen on lead 26 x 39.4 inches (66 x 100 cm) Courtesy Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna  
6. © David Stewart. Full Body Approval 2017