Exhibitions — February 4, 2021

Anastasia Samoylova on view at Museum Helmond in 2021

The ‘Walker Evans Revisited‘ exhibition in Kunsthal Helmond features work by Walker Evans and 19 contemporary photographers from countries around the globe, including the United States, Australia, France and Germany who elaborate on Walker Evans’ style, his choice of subject or “play” with his iconic images. Work by Sherrie Levine, Justine Kurland, Anastasia Samoylova, Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler, Stephen Shore, RaMell Ross and Bryan Schutmaat, among others, is juxtaposed with that of their source of inspiration and a great example. This provides an exciting and versatile presentation about photography and American society then and now.

David Campany is guest curator of the exhibition, which was previously shown in Museum Mannheim during the “Biennale für Aktuelle Fotografie 2020.”

Great Depression in pictures

American photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975) focused on the themes of the everyday. Evans became especially famous for his photographs depicting American life during the Great Depression in the 1930s. Evans’ appreciation for the visual possibilities of everyday life pioneered art photography and made him a pioneer in street photography. Evans’ work shows his idiosyncratic style in both the choice of subject and his way of working. For example, he had never joined a photo agency. In his commercial work for magazines, he also insisted on selecting his photos himself and co-designing the magazine versions. This kept him in control of his works and their reception to the public.