Annette Kelm is at the forefront of an unnamed movement consisting of younger artists working in a manner at once medium specific (photography) and conceptual in nature. Kelm utilizes a wide range of photographic techniques in a counter-intuitive manner; the awkwardness of her images heightened through the presentation -both present visually as well as through culturally embedded subtext- of juxtaposition. Neither overly formal nor particularly expressive, Kelm’s photographs nonetheless maintain no pretense towards a neutral or photographic-objective point of view. Recent major exhibitions include a solo presentation at the Kunsthalle Zurich (2009) and the Bonner Kunstverein (with Michaela Meise, 2011).
Last year a Silicon Valley researcher estimated that more than 1.5 billion new photographs are posted every day on just the larger social media platforms, such as Facebook, Reddit and Snapchat. A new exhibition at the UCLA Hammer Museum proposes that, in response to this visually numbing fact, a distinctive strain of photography has slowly...Read More