Leo Gallery is pleased to present artist Alec Von Bargen’s solo project “So.lil.o.quy” in the Public Program Staged at PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai 2019. In collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Alec Von Bargen worked on the art project “So.lil.o.quy, creating thousands of photographs, by visiting 10 countries during his 18-month artistic journey.
As the cornerstone of this year’s PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai Public Program, Staged selects artists from the world's most important galleries and artists, which aims to explore the boundaries of video art as a medium through large-scale works. The program redefines and activates the medium of photography and video art through diverse presentations, as it hopes to explore topics such as the production, expression and circulation of photography and images through the integration and cross-border presentations between mediums.
Born in New York and raised in England and Mexico, Alec Von Bargen is an active international visual artist. He most recently exhibited at the 54th and 56th Venice Biennale, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the OCT Museum in Shanghai, China and Les Rencontres D’Arles Festival, France, amongst others. His work has won numerous awards including the IPA’s in LA and the PX3’s in Paris. He was a finalist for the 2013 Dubai Emerging Artist Award and Aesthetica Magazine, UK, selected him as one of their 2013 and 2014 top 100 Artists. He was the finalist for the Terry O'Neill Award and the Celeste Prize in Berlin, Germany.
Alec’s photographic art captures aesthetic instances resonating true with their historical, political and social contexts to create a visual dialogue field. Exploring the potential meaning of realities, his work focuses directly on human nature, and bring people into rethinking history, society, inner selves and ultimate issues. “So.lil.o.quy” is a long-term art project which Alec Von Bargen started to work on since 2015. By cooperating with MSF, the international, influential, medical humanitarian organisation, Alec travelled to various places of sufferings not as a photojournalist, but as a visual artist for his creation.
According to the renowned art critic Gu Zheng, Alec’s work is a kind of “image with painfulness”: “He tries to work on the visualization of human suffering, which is presented in a very unique and rich artistic language. “