Jeremy Ayer, Zürcher Hochschule fur Gestaltung (Zürich, CH)

6 Academies is the new identity of a collaboration between six leading European Art Academies and their Departments of Photography.

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Zürcher Hochschule fur Gestaltung, Zürich, Switzerland

Fachhochschule, Bielefeld, Germany

École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, France

Fondazione Fotografia di Modena, Italy

Royal College of Art, London, Great Britain

Professors from each school visit each other annually to evaluate their respective students works, discuss content and teaching methods and artistic tendencies in the field of photography. This recurring dialogue results in a selection of students and an exhibition of their works in alternating cities.

At UNSEEN 2018, 6 Academies is given the opportunity to present their new format of showcasing the students work publicly. The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is the first host in a series of exhibitions to come.

The amphitheater-inspired structure provides a unique platform to exhibit the students works. 

The performative element and the improvised choreography of the students who are personally and constantly reinventing and negotiating the presentation, reflects our shared educational practices.

In this form, the installation invites the public to experience photography as an exhibition, as an intersection and a meeting point. 

6 Academies at UNSEEN provides a live view of an interactive, visual transformation throughout the whole duration of the festival. More information on

Julia Gaes, Fachhochschule (Bielefeld, DE)

Enrico Garzaro, Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam, NL)