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How is it possible to feel immediately at home in a place you have never seen before? This question still haunts photographer Ryan Bakerink twenty years after he first stepped off the train in Chicago, where he continues to live to this day.
This book is dedicated to the city for which his heart beats and describes a journey of self-reflection that ends in a time capsule of sorts. Throughout 2020, he took photographs in all seventy-seven community areas of the American city to trace his fascination for it, to find his place in it, and to understand how it has shaped him.
Chicago 2020 is more than a declaration of love for a city. In a time of social and political turmoil defined by the pandemic, Bakerink discovers hidden treasures amidst the emptiness and the pure beauty of humanity.
The photographic work of Ryan Bakerink, who grew up in southwest Iowa, is focused on social issues and counterculture lifestyle, particularly within the music industry, off-the-grid communities, travel, and portraiture. Ryan seeks to expand his own personal and social boundaries by searching for authenticity in the world around him.
The ultimate goal of Ryan’s work has been to pull back the curtain and to expose the general public to lifestyles, communities, and places that have been overlooked to help provide a greater understanding of human nature.
Co-Autor Tim McIlrath is the lead singer and songwriter of multiple platinum-winning Chicago rock band Rise Against. Rise Against is known for their politically-charged music and outspoken social comments on topics such as social justice, homophobia, animal rights, economic inequality, and modern warfare.
His project has been featured on CBS – and we have the YouTube report for you on GoSee.
Chicago 2020 by Ryan Bakerink . Texts: Ryan Bakerink, Tim McIlrath . Design: Kehrer Design (Laura Pecoroni) .
GoSee : ryanbakerink.com & youtube.com/cbs & kehrerverlag.com
02.10.2022 show complete article
In his first book, Timothy Eastman presents us people who are referred to as workampers, for whom the American Dream is a life lived on the road. In their RVs and vans, they move from one temporary and seasonal job to the next. Often, they are people who had lived a more mainstream life but found themselves barely getting by. Some see themselves as rebels and adventurers who have bucked the system and found a way to live on their own terms.
But workamping is also characterized by financial precariousness. Healthcare is unavailable or unreliable, and safety is a concern, especially for solo travelers. The next job is not guaranteed and most are low-paid. Amazon is the workamper’s largest employer, hiring for help in its warehouses during the busiest times of the year.
Timothy Eastman: “The idea for this work first came from reading the book Nomadland by Jessica Bruder. She described an America that I didn’t know existed, one composed of travelers. I was fascinated by the emergence of this way of life as something that, if not exactly yet mainstream, seemed to be growing in popularity. The workampers I photographed and interviewed had a wide variety of attitudes towards their situations. Some painted themselves as rebels and adventurers, people who had bucked the system and found a way to live on their own terms. Some viewed their lifestyle as a pragmatic decision, a way of lessening day-to-day stresses and living expenses. Still others expressed that they had struggled with feelings of shame, wondering if they were experiencing something akin to homelessness. Most were quick to point out the advantages of the lifestyle, citing benefits like a sense of freedom and a liberation from many of the financial and social entanglements that once weighed them down.
A common fear was that I would paint workamper life in a negative light. They cited past media coverage that they felt was unfairly biased. They complained the public had been given the impression that workamping is a life that one is only forced into by unfortunate circumstances. This question of personal agency was a frequently raised topic of discussion. Most insisted that workamping was a life they had chosen out of opportunity rather than necessity.
I completed the work in this book during a series of trips in 2017–19. The people featured here come from a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs. What they have in common is that they let me into their homes and were some of the kindest and most welcoming people I’ve ever met. It was a privilege to be granted a glimpse into their lives.”
Timothy Eastman : All the Past We Leave Behind – America’s New Nomads. Texts: Timothy Eastman Design: Kehrer Design (Lisa Drechsel). Half-cloth hardcover. 20x24 cm. 96 pages. 48 color illustrations. English. Available soon. ISBN 978-3-96900-092-2. Approx. 39 EUR.
GoSee : kehrerverlag.com & timothy-eastman.squarespace.com
22.09.2022 show complete article
Gregor Sailer’s photos are deserted, the buildings on them often seem like sculptures. Whether climate change, political conflicts, or an excessive need for security – Sailer’s photos reveal the dynamics which have led to the existence of these places. KUNST HAUS WIEN is dedicating a first major exhibition in Austria to Gregor Sailer. Appearing at Kehrer Publishing to accompany the exhibition is the photo book UNSEEN PLACES.
For his most recent series entitled ‘The Polar Silk Road’, Sailer embarked on several expeditions to the Arctic. With this comprehensive project, he documents the global struggle to gain power over this region of the world which is highly relevant both ecologically and economically as well as in terms of security policy. The current dispute over territorial claims and new resources is also a consequence of climate change because the melting ice opens up new, and above all, much shorter shipping routes which in turn leads to an enormous competitive advantage.
“Gregor Sailer is constantly in search of strange, at times dystopian, scenarios all over the world.” the curator of the exhibition Verena Kaspar-Eisert analyses. “Although people are never shown in his work, it says so much about humankind. Gregor Sailer is an imagemaker who composes his photos upon careful consideration and confronts the ephemeral, volatile flood of images with the calm precision of his elaborate photographs.”
“Gregor Sailer’s visual worlds are not only unique works of art, but also irreplaceable contemporary documents. It is the stories behind the photographs that provide the framework for his artistic expression and inform us of what the future will bring. With this exhibition, KUNST HAUS WIEN continues its main focus on content related to art and ecology, underscoring its position as an art space committed to environmental and sociopolitical responsibility,” says Gerlinde Riedl, Director of KUNST HAUS WIEN.
The Tyrolean photo artist, born in 1980, has received many awards. His photos have been shown in numerous publications and exhibitions, and are represented in public and private collections.
Gregor Sailer ‘Unseen Places’
15 Sept. 2022 – 12 Feb. 2023 KUNST HAUS WIEN
144 pages, 164 color ills.
Curator: Verena Kaspar-Eisert, KUNST HAUS WIEN
Texts: Verena Kaspar-Eisert, Christoph Schaden
Design: Kehrer Design (Lisa Drechsel)
14.09.2022 show complete article