Sofia Malemina, still from "The Unknown Diary," 2022
Uncertain Times as a Catalyst for Artistic Creation
Visual Art, Fashion & Art Production
Inessa Garder

The ancient Chinese said, “God forbid you to be born in an era of Change,” which is probably true if one aspires to lead a quiet, peaceful, and fulfilled life. Artists are something else. They are willing to go through any transition or turmoil as long as it transports them a step closer to the essence of existence, to the fundamental ‘why’ of our being.

From such an artistic perspective, uncertain and turbulent times, as marked by a global pandemic, natural disasters, and multiple political conflicts, are counterintuitively the most fertile soil for facing who we are as a collective and at an individual level, and thus – a high time for artistic discovery.

Artpil presents the work of a few captivating creators in various fields of art practice, including those who are used to staying behind the scenes: art curators and art producers. Let’s dive right in and explore how the creators’ work was influenced and unprecedentedly inspired by the recent cataclysms.

Text by Inessa Garder

  • Jorma Mueller: Restoration to a Better Past

    Restoration to a Better Past is a photography book by Jorma Mueller. In Jorma Mueller’s photography there is margin for a biographical hypothesis and glimpses of something that has been lost. A vision of the present as ebb and flow is almost inevitable in the experience of his work. Subjectivity is melancholic, and that melancholy contains the evocation that restores the legacy for which others risked their fate. (more…)

  • Roger Deakins: Byways
    Mar 15 – May 4, 2024
    Obscura Gallery
    Santa Fe, USA

    Obscura Gallery presents a photographic exhibition by acclaimed British cinematographer Roger Deakins, reflecfting a life spent looking and telling stories through images from 1971 to the present, featuring work from his recent publication Byways (published by Damiani Books in 2021 and now in its 7th edition). Although a highly acclaimed cinematographer, Deakins has also cultivated a passion for still photography, producing compelling portraits and landscapes from visually striking locations throughout the world. (more…)

  • Mona Kuhn: Between Modernism and Surrealism
    Apr 4 – May 11, 2024
    Edwynn Houk Gallery
    New York, USA

    Edwynn Houk Gallery presents Mona Kuhn: Between Modernism and Surrealism, an exhibition of 7 solarized photographs by Mona Kuhn from her series Kings Road in dialogue with artworks by masters exploring surreal representation, including Man Ray, Láslzó Moholy-Nagy, Dora Maar, Erwin Blumenfeld, and Bill Brandt. The show is on view from April 4 – May 11, with an opening reception with the artist on Saturday, April 6 from 3-5pm. A walk-through of the exhibition with the artist and Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs at Christie’s, will begin at 4pm. (more…)

  • Myriam Boulos: What’s Ours

    A searing, diaristic portrayal of a city and society in revolution by Magnum nominee Myriam Boulos. In her debut monograph, Myriam Boulos casts an unflinching eye on the revolution that began in Lebanon in 2019 with protests against government corruption and austerity – culminating with the aftermath of the devastating Beirut port explosion of August 2020. (more…)