This coming Friday, I’ll be talking about my photography and sharing a conversation on photography and why I photograph people with fellow photographers Ali Sultan and Wei Leng Tay at Habib University in Karachi, Pakistan.
From 4pm onwards you’re more then welcome to join us. Habib University, Plot #295, Block 18, Gulistan-e-Juhar, Karachi.
I’m very proud to present Slide #1.
With some friends, I’ve founded Bending The Frame vzw, a new non profit organization that will search for new ways and create different platforms to bring great photography out into the world.
For Slide #1, we’ve asked photographers Sébastien Van Malleghem and Eva Wollenberg to make a slideshow presentation of their work and think about the concept slideshow. We match them up with the amazing musicians Aldo Struyf (Creature with the atom Brain, Mark Lanegan Band), Gregory Frateur (Dez Mona) and Roel van Camp (Dez Mona, DAAU) who either created new music especially for the evening or will preform a live soundtrack along the images. A unique experience.
Afterwords and in between performances DJ Faster PussyKat will spin records and make everyone pur on the dance floor
Hope to see you all there in helping me launch this new venture.
Last year, I was a part of the wonderful exhibition ‘Return to sender’ at Wiels, organized by KAOS.
101 well-known and lesser known artists sent an original postcard of their own making to KAOS, a Brussels-based non-profit organization aiming to break down the barriers between insiders andoutsiders in art and psychiatry. These unique postcards were shown last year in WIELS and will be auctioned to support the artist residency in psychiatry, that KAOS will organize this autumn for the first time in Belgium.
Now it’s time to auction off all our postcards.
The auction will take place in the beautiful Rotonde Bertouille in Bozar/Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels and will be led by Marianne Hoet on behalf of Christie’s. The works will soon be accessible via the KAOS website and you can see them on Saturday, October 3rd (10:00-18:00) and Sunday, October 4th (10:00-15:00) at Bozar.
Would you like to participate? Then register HERE.
Today I read that musician Stijn Meuris will celebrate 25 years of making music today.
I went back to my archive, as I photographed him in my first project ever, ‘Close & Personal’, a series of portraits of theatre makers and musicians. The whole concept of the project was that they were allowed to choose the location in which I would photograph them. The only demand I had was that it needed to be of personal meaning to them. In that way they could decide themselves how far or how close they would allow me during the session.
Stijn chose the fairground in Antwerp during the day when it is closed as it inspires him to walk around there, gives him a feel of the life of the people working at the fairground, tickling his imagination.
In the series I photographed more musicians and I still love these images to this day. It literally meant the start of my adventure back into the world of photography, which was halted for years after my father passed away. Music and theatre were my escape and through that I was able to slowly reconnect with my passion for photography and literally find myself again.
Once more I have the pleasure of working together with KAOS vzw project.
After the duo exhibition ‘Intuition’ with photographer Lieven van Meulder, they now initiated a postcard project called ‘Return to sender’ which will open in contemporary art space Wiels this coming 17th of September in Brussels.
Artists with or without psychological sensitivities, more and lesser know, were sent blank postcards and asked to return them with their art on it. An impressive list of people did just that.
Dan Graham, Guillaume Bijl, Geert Goiris, Vaast Colson, Benjamin Verdonck, Lieven van Meulder, and me are just some of the artists participating.
So here is exhibition number 3 of this year that I’m participating in and it’s one I’m especially proud of.
‘The Rise of Populism in Europe’ is an amazing group project initiated by Jan-Joseph Stok and Dirk- Jan Visser, 2 Dutch photographers that became rather concerned with the social and political developments in the Netherlands and who saw that this was not just happening in Holland but all over Europe. Together with photographers like Andrea Gjestvang, Ed Thompson, Maria Turchenkova and myself, they started documenting how populism manifests itself and brought together our work in this long-term project.
The extreme-right English Defence League; the influence of social media in Germany; unrest in Hungary; the impact of the Greek crisis and extreme right shifts in this country; human rights violations in Russia; the legacy of a Norwegian lone wolf; the influence of the Front National on French society; the face of the Italian electorate, and my take on the Belgian burka ban. Each photographer approaching the populist developments in their country from a different angle.
Together, we hope these ongoing stories present a picture of the contemporary political and social landscape in Europe. Yet, at the same time, they will show the complexity and the many faces of an abstract concept like populism. In a masterclass on the 11th of september the photographers will work with students on how to document and picture abstract themes like populism.
Then on the 12th of September, myself and the other photographers will be participating in a debate ‘Beyond Populism’. Together with political scientist Matthijs Rooduijn (UvA), Vincent Oldenborg (Leefbaar Utrecht) and journalist Yvonne Zonderop we’ll be talking about the project, the future developments of populism in Europe and how we as image makers play a role in documenting/picturing subjects like populism.
The exhibition is curated and presented by Fotodok in collaboration with Vrede van Utrecht and to tickle your interest a bit further I hope you’ll check out the trailer that Fotodok made for the project.
Exhibition ‘The Rise of Populism in Europe‘: 1/21 september 2013, thursday – sunday 11am-6pm, Zijdebalen Theater – Zeedijk 6 – Utrecht (NL), entree fee 7,5€
Debate ‘Beyond Populism’: 12th of september, 8pm, Zijdebalen Theater – Zeedijk 6 – Utrecht (NL), entree fee 7,5€
Hope to see you in Utrecht soon!