Carefully staged, richly textured environments are charged with a sense of unease. The No Vacancy series tows a line between expectation and reality, inviting viewers to look beyond the surface and uncover the stories playing out on hotel balconies and open streets. Each character is a silent, encroaching witness who moves between public and private spaces. Philadelphia-based Nadine Rovner (b. 1982) has exhibited internationally, most recently in the 2018 Los Angeles Billboard Creative Show, as well as SCOPE New York and Photo LA. Her practice is built on orchestrating lush, cinematic scenes centred around anticipation, longing and desire. Rovner finds a space between past and present, drawing parallels between 1960s Americana – saturated by idealism – and today’s age of increasing hyperrealism. Nostalgic iconography is contrasted heavily with the resolution of crisp, digital photographs filled with tension. www.nadinerovner.com.
Athens Photo Festival’s 30th anniversary celebrations include an exploration of critical issues and the ongoing shifts in dialogue with the past.
Michel Gondry adapts French polymath Boris Vian’s fatalistic story of impossible romance; the result makes a refreshingly surreal contrast to conventional cinema.