When in Basel…

BY Katrina Kufer / Jun 13 2017 / 13:12 PM

photo basel (14-18 June), Art Basel’s boutique satellite fair dedicated to photography, is lauded as one of the top international photography events and proves Basel’s collateral events are just as worthy of a stop

When in Basel…
© PUTPUT. Image courtesy Gallery Esther Woerdehoff, Paris
PUTPUT. Popsicles. 2012.

While photo basel may only have been founded in 2015 by Sven Eisenhut, it has already garnered attention from art industry professionals for being rife with promise. “Photography has, in more recent years, established itself within our museums and the art market,” states the fair on its website. “During Art Basel week, we want to enhance and nourish the creative trade of all the major art players within and around photography.”

Taking place during Art Basel and holding its own on a smaller scale and niche positioning, visitors should expect a heavy-handed dose of conceptual photography-based work from the 34 participating galleries. Over 100 emerging and established artists will be there, with highlights including Japanese Ryoichi Fujisaki, who will show images that look as though they were taken by the Hubble telescope but are actually zoomed-in pictures of coloured oil; Georgian Zurab Arabidze’s monochromatic series Invisible Fear of Loneliness; Patrick Willocq’s efforts to correct misguided Western perceptions of his native Democratic Republic of Congo; and Ching-hui Chou’s tableaux depicting humans as though they are animals in a zoo.

“We are striving to create a hub for artistic photography in the cultural capital of Switzerland, Basel,” the website statement continues. “Our goal is to ignite photography in Basel for the long haul. Our vision is that each exhibitor, collector, aficionado and visitor together are creating a unique photo basel DNA.” If this hint of what will be on show is any indicator, then photo basel is setting itself up for some highly sought after DNA.

Photo Basel runs 14-18 June at Volkshaus Basel, Basel, Switzerland. For more information visit photo-basel.com