Collecting Contemporary Photography and New Media in the Digital Age

online talk
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
6–7 pm BST | 7–8 pm CET | 1–2 pm ET
Free online event, registration required.

A panel discussion led by Kovet.Art on the importance on collecting contemporary photography and new media in the digital age, with a focus on the UK and international art market. Michael Benson, founder of Photo London, shares insights on the UK and international art market and his mission in establishing a new landscape for contemporary photography. The panel will also be joined by Kovet.Art artist Tom Faber who will speak about his own practice and discussing the role of photography in the digital age.


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About the Speakers:

Michael Benson is the co-Founder of Photo London. For ten years Michael Benson worked at the London Institute, now the University of the Arts, where he developed the London Institute Gallery and its exhibition program showcasing the work of students alongside leading contemporary artists, designers and photographers including Julian Opie, Richard Deacon, Nicola Hicks, Mike Leigh and Tom Hunter. He led the campaign to secure a new home for Chelsea School of Arts alongside the Tate Gallery at Millbank. He worked with twelve of Europe’s leading contemporary artists to develop Signatures of the Invisible, a major touring exhibition in collaboration with CERN, Geneva. The tour ended with a major exhibition at PS1 MoMA in 2002. With Fariba Farshad he founded the cultural consultancy Candlestar in 2003. Since then Candlestar has created projects for many leading organisations in the arts and education. In 2015, with the support of the Financial Times and Maja Hoffman’s Luma Foundation, Candlestar inaugurated the first edition of Photo London and in five years, the Fair has established itself as a key event in the international art world calendar. He is Director of the Prix Pictet, the international photography prize founded by Pictet Group in 2008, for which Candlestar have curated over 90 exhibitions worldwide. Between 2011-2014 he also curated the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition. He is a member of the board of the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Tom Faber‘s work focuses on memory, place, and transformation. He produces both videos and digitally printed images, using a blend of techniques from drawing, painting, collage and 3D animation. Faber works with a library of scans, consisting of detritus from his studio and from the ground: paint marks, soil, and drawings. With these materials, he develops a language of distortive mark-making and plays with the possibilities of digital gesture. Converting these sources allows him to explore the assertive, faulty generations of memory, and the resonances of virtual ‘world-building’ at a time of environmental damage. Within this framework, he degrades and recycles images. Producing scenes which often have a harmonious surface, these works tend towards the lush escapism of popular animation, but collapse under the effects of weather. Faber’s image-making techniques point towards the natural world, but hover and stall in anxiety and escapism. They find ways of weathering material into a state of erasure, simulating threats to vast and intimate systems.

Camilla Grimaldi, Chief Art Officer at Kovet.Art, has extensive experience in the art world in various capacities including as curator, gallerist and international art advisor for over 20 years. She is our liaison with corporates in finance and real estate. She curates the platform’s exhibitions and pop-ups. She works directly with emerging and established artists and has curated contemporary exhibitions in both private and institutional spaces. She began her career at prestigious institutions including Christie’s New York Contemporary Art department, the Guggenheim, Venice and White Cube, London. After her studies in Art History at Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Italy, she achieved an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art at Cambridge University in collaboration with Christie’s Education. In 2004 Camilla co-founded Brancolini Grimaldi, a contemporary photography gallery which opened in Rome and Florence, ultimately moving to London in May 2011. Camilla is currently on the advisory board of Photo London.

Saras Rachupalli, CEO & Founder at Kovet.Art, is passionate about supporting high calibre emerging artists with ambition and building a curated solution to showcase their works. Her vision is to help emerging and established collectors, corporates and businesses, understand, enjoy and connect with contemporary art. Raised in a family of artists and writers, Saras has been deeply involved in the art world – managing private and museum exhibitions, publications and collections. She combines her experience as an Electronics Engineer and a senior Finance & Strategy Consultant working with C-level executives in top global firms, to bring technological and business model innovation to the traditional gallery model. Her specialisation in Art & Financial Markets and Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s and Entrepreneurship & Innovation from Stanford University only furthered her interest in creating this platform. Saras holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering & Operations Research from Columbia University, New York. Her advisory experience in Asia, New York and London brings a global perspective to growing into an international brand.