Press Release

For their site-specific installation, photographers Martin Hyers and William Mebane have created five mural size prints that stretch 8 feet by 40 feet. Overlaying the murals are scores of original documents, prints, letters and other ephemera that were carefully collected by Medi Matin before the original East Village buildings that housed the Uranian Phalanstery were dismantled.  

Hyers and Mebane were invited to visit the site of the original Phalanstery in the summer of 2010. Their connection to the space and to the mission of the U.P. and its acolytes encouraged them to document and to create a time capsule of the original space. During multiple visits to the site the two photographers made thousands of photographs.  

Medi Matin, the current leader of the Uranian Phalanstery, described its mission as an 'anarchist utopian commune for practitioners of art and cosmology. They believed in documenting every moment of time.’ The Phalanstery was a space for happenings, pagan religious festivals, a Tibetan burial society and the site of the Uranian Press.  

Unseen is an international photography fair focused on undiscovered photography talent and unseen work by established photographers. The fair, organized by FOAM, will take place at Amsterdam's Westergasfabriek.