Ahmed El Shaer’s latest installation Crossover (The Scene) is set in the former refugee camp known as “the Jungle” in Calais, France. Currently exhibited at the Museum of Moving Image in Queens, El Shaer combines live-action footage, landscape photography, and computer graphics to explore what is now a wasteland and what used to be Living Hell for a near 8,000 migrants.
“Obscenely pornographic” is the default sentiment that follows Nobuyoshi Araki. His newest collection Impossible Love is a compilation of his analogue snapshots taken from various projects, including Memoirs of Yoko (1968-70) and Flower/Doll (2018). His newer projects are softer, though no less provocative, presentations of the Araki that the world is used to.
Our electronic devices have become an extension to our body, and we stare into the screens of our iPads, phones,and laptops for hours a day. They are lit up and crammed with images, emails and a million ingenious ways to distract, entertain and connect us to individuals not physically near to us. However, take a moment now and look at the surface of your phone. Take note of the smudges and fingerprints, dotted and swiped about. What do the patterns tell you?