In a famous metaphor Henry James explains experience: experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue. At a time when violence, conflict, disease and oppression continue to squeeze our space for survival and reflection, experience, as the medium through which the photographic practitioners connect the external world with internal perception, offers us a pathway into a complex world.
In this year’s SIPF Open Call Showcase, you can travel through the stories told with photographs, videos, installation, and other works. The exhibition showcases 19 international artists, whose works cover fresh issues and comprehensive visual expression, somehow united by a shared experience in the photographic world. Some are artists who spent many years exploring the issues around their surroundings and draw on personal experience to recount the stories of the visible and the invisible; others take their thinking and perceptions to a more abstract level, using visual experimentation to show the confrontation and interplay of individual and collective experiences. — He Yining