What implications does the notion of missing contain and in what forms can it visually manifest?
Parts Unknown is an online group publication produced by a group of 13 international photographers and artists. Engaging with questions surrounding themes of missing and loss, the stories have different approaches, ranging from personal history to historical and political intersections of the past and present, to the interplay of absence and presence in photography.
Due to the unexpected circumstances of the current pandemic, the photographers/artists had to reinvent their artistic practices to adjust to the realities of being confined at home. In their online publication, the viewer can toggle between views of each story as well as the artists’ experimentations when stay-at-home orders remain in place around the world.
The topic was prompted by Creative Court and built upon conversations with our partners, The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Royal Academy of Art (KABK). The stories range in topic from personal history to historical and political intersections of the past and present, to the interplay of absence and presence in photography.
As the artists state, “the project’s title ‘Parts Unknown’ can refer to an unknown destination, or the places of missing people, yearning to be found. In the context of forensics, it conjures images of unknown parts of bodies disfigured by acts of violence – parts that people of the ICMP deal with regularly. A more liberating interpretation can also exist, where parts are unknown not because they are missing, but because they are composed of unbroken continuity, a fully integrated and seamless whole.”
Parts Unknown stories:
Anders Birger (Denmark) – The Shadows
Atle Blekastad (Norway) – Goodbye Without Leaving
Thana Faroq (Yemen) – I don’t recognize me in the shadows
Jakob Ganslmeier (Germany) – Der falsche Herrenmensch // The fake masterrace
Kata Geibl (Hungary) – The Castle
Lena Holzer (Austria) – The Impossibility of Future
Federica Iozzo (Italy) – Every Feeling
Marta Iwanek (Canada/Ukraine/Poland) – Falling / Flying
Batuhan Keskiner (Turkey) – Toros
Xaver Könneker (Germany/Netherlands) – Kodak knows no dark days
Anastasia Mityukova (Switzerland) – Between the lines
Jana Romanova (Russia) – Building a Monument
Alexa Vachon (Canada) – Adonis
Website developed & designed by Yoiomi
The projects were guided by Oliver Chanarin, Henk Wildschut, Rabiaâ Benlahbib, Shailoh Phillips, Thomas Bragdon, and Adam Broomberg.
A big thank you to all participants and to our wonderful partners, without whom this project would not have come to exist: the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) & MA Photography and Society at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague, the Netherlands.