Going out to see a photo exhibition in person is finally possible thanks to 836M gallery. Closed since mid-March just before the opening of its “Just Watch” exhibition, 836M
now offers free visits by appointment with all security measures in place.
Just Watch is a collective show that introduces five emerging photographers from different backgrounds: Wolfgang Bohusch, Myriam Boulos, Silvia Grav, Rémy Lagrange, and Yoriyas.
There is no common or imposed theme, and each artist presents a few photos or a part a body of work.
We have been intrigued by the sand figures of Wolfgang Bohusch who leaves room to interpret the strange shapes, the scale of which gives no indication; Silicon Based Creature is an invitation to meditation.
We also discovered the world of American photographer Rémy Lagrange, whose precise arrangement of photos is presented as an autobiographical puzzle.
We immersed ourselves in the series “Lost Photographs” by Silvia Grav where she explores the dark side of her depression compared with the force of the elements.
With Myriam Boulos, we dived into the nightlife of festive Beirut with a documentary type of work and we take the opportunity to pause and recollect, think of Beirut, and the recent tragic event.
Finally, we consoled ourselves diving into the colorful world of Moroccan photographer Yassine Alaoui Ismaili aka Yoriyas and his series “Casablanca, Not The Movie”, which clearly has nothing in common with the eponymous film! On the contrary, it takes us into the heart of Casablanca via everyday street scenes at the intersection of the various cultures of the city. Remember to locate the photo “Street Prayer, Casablanca” which earned him the attention of the New-York Times.
Enjoy a visit of about 30 minutes with Natalie who will be happy to guide you and tell you anecdotes about the photographers on display. Obviously you will enter masked and in small numbers, but if you have been confined in San Francisco all summer it is really like a breath of fresh air.
Just Watch, just go.