Pause. Consider. Feel. Understand. Ask. Pictures can often be more than just beautiful to look at. There can be a good story behind each picture or editorial – in our case, many stories about love, sex, queer and straight life, body, censorship, and diversity. Sometimes there are very personal stories to tell, sometimes a snapshot of life. This section is about some of the artists and photographers we have presented at Container Love exhibitions over the last five years.

THE XXY GENERATION

Rainer Torrado is a photographer who is living and working between Paris, Hong Kong, and Madrid. He regularly contributes to international fashion magazines, but this time he shared his stunning project XXY generation with us.

THE IMAGE IN MY HEAD

We are in love with Manuel Scrima, a talented artist from Milano who got into many fields of creative work since he was a child. And he has never really stopped: from documentary to fashion photography, from video making to directing, he does it all.

THE ME AND THE DAEMONIEN

Stefan Gunnesch is a Leipzig based communications designer we have been following for a while, stunned by his play with abstraction and anonymization of the human body with techniques of collage, painting, and drawing.

NO BOYS NO GIRLS NO NOTHING

Laurence is an emerging non-binary photographer, director and curator living in Montreal/Toronto. Working around themes of color theory, queerness and gender identity, she turns all gender stereotypes into oblivion.

WHAT IS THERE NOT TO LOVE

Daantje Bons is a fine art photographer working and living in Utrecht. She began her photography career at the age of sixteen when she started studying at the Art Academy of Antwerp and graduating in 2008.

HYPNOTIZE ME, BIRK

Birk Thomassen has a remarkable eye for intimate and sexually charged moments. With his distinct visual language and documentary look, he is able to create a delicate atmosphere of sensuality that puts the viewer into a strangely nostalgic state. In one word: hypnotizing.

THE BATH TIME DIARIES

Welcome to the wonderful word of the imperfection. Immerse with us into the analogue universe of Annika Weertz and her view on breaking gender stereotypes. So sit down, open the window for a little kiss by the sun and put on an old record of Janis Joplin.

THE BRIGHTEST SIDE OF SOUL

With is photographic style, so-called Neo Classic Photography, Italian-born photographer and artist Andrea Galad creates a mystical universe that reflects his soul. Sometimes dark, sometimes full of love and light, but always with a touch of magic.

THE UNVARNISHED VIEW

Despite - or just because - of her young age, Karolina Hanulak conveys her intimate emotions in playful, uncompressed moments. We really like Karolina's "unvarnished" view on the human body and ask her to tell something about her work and life.

NATUS N°1

We found photographer Anderson Zomer in the vastness of Instagram and wanted to know more about him because we deeply fell in love with his current project. So welcome to the world of container love, Anderson.

I’M NOT MALFUNCTIONING, YOU ARE

We are big fans of Athens-born photographer Kostis Fokas. His progressive view on male erotica and beauty is confusing, absurd, and funny. With his distinctive sense for changing the perspectives, every part of the body is captured beautiful and sexy.

LOVE IS THE ONLY CURE

Armando Frezze Durand is an artist based in Buenos Aires. He focuses his work on the graphic study of masculinity by exploring and capturing the image of his closest environment and then materializing it in individual or collective samples, books, and short films.

WHY NOT MAKE SOME PICS?

Anton Shebetko is an Ukrainian artist and photographer based in Amsterdam whose work is mostly weird and funny, sometimes gentle and intimate, but always focused on LGBT-related topics. And that we dig a lot.

DON’T CALL THEM SEXY

If you look Sven Serkis’ long-term project ADAM'S FRUIT, you’ll mostly see bodies. "I often reduce my nudes as far until there are no differences anymore and in this way, we are all equal.", he said. We love his existentially unique and quintessentially nude style.

GENDER IS A SPECTRUM

Photographer Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert published his first book in 2016. Through his intimate portraits and in combination with interviews he creates a new insight into the community which he supports through his platform for trans- and genderqueer people.

BOYS

Rebecca Ruetten, Berlin-based photographer, and nomad artist. She is spot on covering a variety from renaissance inspired fast food series, discovering the punk scene of Myanmar to breaking gender stereotypes with her series "Boys" and was part of the Container Love 4.

LOVE ON THE BEAT

Daria Nelson is a Russian soul from Ukraine, now based in Paris, turning her dreams into reality. She feels strongly about tolerance, equal rights and respect for people and blessed us with this beautiful series about overcoming gender boundaries.