#2 The Guardian’s best of photography 2017

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I started ‘Bending The Frame‘ to create projects that envision my ideas about photography. Instead of complaining what was wrong or could be better with things, I wanted to create things and see if we could literally bend some frames. The idea for #Slide was to rethink the framework of a slideshow and match up photographers with an amazing body of work to incredible musicians that have the art to improvise and who can have a dialogue with the photographer. The result was then performed live during 3 consecutive evening screenings in Antwerp.
The collaboration between Sohrab Hura, Hannes d’Hoine and Sjoerd Bruil has been more then incredible in every way and travelled around to Berlin, Minnesota, Gent,…
Each different live performance or screening had it’s own feel and magic but London stands out. 3 live performances by Hannes that captivated the audiences, a continuous loop of the piece during the wonderful Peckham 24 photo festival, a party with our own resident dj Faster PussyKat aka Katrijn Sermeus.
Now Sean O’Hagan of The Guardian makes ‘The Lost Head & The Bird’ screening his #2 of the past photography year.
So so proud!! Wow wow wow. Thank you Iona Fergusson and Vivienne Gamble for bringing this amazing piece of Sohrab’s and Hannes to London. It’s been special in every single way imaginable. 

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#Slide – 80 days of summer – Gent

I’m so proud that Bending The Frame will be presenting a slide compilation evening at the 80 Days of Summer photo festival in Gent.

With a full program of slides by Sohrab Hura, Pieter ten Hoopen, Sébastien van Malleghem and Anton Coene we will close off the festival with a bang.

Some of Belgians finest musicians like Rudy Trouvé, Aldo Stuyf, Elko Blijweert, Hannes d’Hoine, Sjoerd Bruil, and more will be playing live and/or have created a unique soundscape with the pieces created by the photographers.
Photography will literally become performance and will blow your minds away.

Sohrab Hura’s slide was the  highlight at the Peckham 24 festival during the London Photo Fair for the folks of the British Journal of Photography, Sean O’Hagan of the Guardian as well as the director of the Photographers Gallery. No more reference needed right? 🙂

Don’t miss this incredible, exciting and enthralling night where photography meets music. Welcome!

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Insta archive

A little over a week ago I broke my elbow after a fall with my bicycle on some of Antwerp’s historic cobblestones…

Sadly this means I won’t be able to photograph for a while and create new work. To keep things moving and by way of sharing a bit of my archive work, I’ve started sharing some of my photographs and thoughts or stories on my instagram feed.

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It’s also a nice way to share some images that won’t make the cut and so won’t end up in my first photo book ‘In praise of shadows’.

Hope you’ll like the work 🙂

 

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Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship

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I’m very excited and honored to be one of the jury members for the very first Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship.

The goal of the fellowship is to help build a stronger social documentary photography practice in Pakistan by helping 15 selected students in developing in depth work on issue-based multi-media projects that highlight some of the most pressing social, economic, legal and rights struggles in the country.

The deadline to submit is the 20th of February 2017, so don’t hesitate to apply or share this with any Pakistani photographers who is interested in documenting in depth stories and who you think might benefit from this experience.

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Happy 2017

‘A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song’
Maya Angelou

 

The past year yet again has been filled with wonderful people, some personal challenges, beautiful travel and inspiring moments.

Working and writing on my first book ‘In praise of shadows’ has been/ and is amazing in every way imaginable.
I hope to share the final result and many more other stories, with an equal amount of passion as always, in 2017.

For now, wishing you a happy and love filled new year.

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#Slide compilation

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I’m very proud to present a small compilation video of some of the #Slides we produced during our 3 evenings on the slideshow for Bending The Frame

For these evenings we asked photographers to think about their work in relation to the format of the slideshow and matched them up with musicians who made a soundscape for this work and who mostly played live during the evenings. The results were phenomenal. We presented a new way of experiencing photography.

We are now hoping to take some of these slides on the road. Stay tuned!

In this compilation you see footage of the following slides:

* Sohrab Hura & Hannes d’Hoines and Sjoerd Bruil
* Pieter Ten Hoopen & Tip Toe Topic aka Elko Blijweert, Saar van de Leest and Joris
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* Anton Coene & Rudy Trouvé with special guests

We together

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I’ve just returned from a wonderful visit to Graz, Austria, where I attended the opening of the group exhibition ‘We Together’, curated by Maryam Mohammadi.

“We together” brings together female artists with backgrounds in the Middle East, as well as in Europe and the USA. They have in common that they are critical in their photography and video work with female identities and everyday environments, personal situations, dependencies, gender roles and the political changes in a regional as well as global context. 14 different views on women by women.

My work from ‘Hamida’s camp pregnancy‘ was included among the work by fantastic artists like Boushra Almutawakel, Raeda Saadeh, Sonja Hamid and Emine Gozde Sevim to name just a few.

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Raeda Saadeh danced during an intense and haunting performance at the vernissage, visited by a big crowd. Meeting her, getting to know her work, spending some days with both her and Maryam has been heartwarming. Raeda’s vision as an artist, Maryam’s drive and passion to show the world a different view and get people together and connected is incredibly inspiring. Do take a moment to get to know their work.

Until the 18th of December on view in Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus, Graz

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