5 to See: This Weekend

5 to See: This Weekend

Aesthetica’s selection of must-see shows spans the globe, exploring family dynamics, changing cities and historic events through photography, documentary and reconstruction.

Alex Prager. The Big Valley: Susie and Friends, 2008. Courtesy Alex Prager Studio and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul.

Alex Prager: Compulsion, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Alex Prager captures vivid films and photographs loaded with tension and anticipation. “A lot of my work is about perception,” the artist notes. “The lines between what is real and what only feels real can become blurred.” Until 24 May.

Zanele Muholi, MaID, Philadelphia, 2017

Venice Biennale 2019

Titled May You Live In Interesting Times, the 58th International Art Exhibition artworks that reflect upon precarious aspects of existence today. Intriguing and responsive installations fill the historic pavilions, transforming the landscape. Until 24 November.

Pixy Liao, Golden Mouse, 2014

Kinship, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

Works by seven female photographers come together in Open Eye’s new show. Navigating the dynamics of modern relationships, the images open dialogues surrounding new ways of thinking about family and friendship. Until 7 July.

Berenice Abbott, West Street, 1932. International Center of Photography Purchase, with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lois and Bruce Zenkel Purchase Fund, 1983 (388.1983) © Getty Images/Berenice Abbot.

Berenice Abbott: Portraits of Modernity, Fundación MAPFRE, Barcelona

North American photographer Berenice Abbott recorded the changing cityscape of New York in the 1930s and 1930s. Rich in contrast, around 200 striking black-and-white photographs capture the modernity of a new century. Until 19 May.

© William F. Wisnom Sr, Tullytown (PA), 8 June 1968. From Rein Jelle Terpstra, The People’s View (2014-2018). Courtesy Leslie Dawson.

Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train – The People’s View, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam

Rein Jelle Terpstra’s project The People’s View reconstructs historic events from the point of view of eyewitnesses. A selection of film and video, the show was inspired by Paul Fusco’s RFK Funeral Train series – images taken 8 June 1968. Until 12 May.

Lead image: Alex Prager. Anaheim, 2017. Courtesy Alex Prager Studio and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul.