Kim Bouvy

EXHIBITION Rotterdam in the Picture at Netherlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam / 24 January 2015 - 17 May 2015

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A new HD digital version of the installation ‘Phantom City’ is now on view at the Nfm.
The exhibition is accompanied by a magnificent catalogue with the same title.

Exhibition Rotterdam in the Picture | 175 Years of Photography in Rotterdam
Since the invention of the medium of photography, there has never been an exhibition on Rotterdam that has given such a broad representation of the city and of the photography used to produce this representation. Rotterdam in the Picture displays a tough city, a multicultural, constructive and dynamic city, a city that is always under development. The built environment receives great attention, as does the harbour, the striking architecture and the people that make the city what it is.

Either independently or on assignment, photographers from Rotterdam, the Netherlands and abroad have been partly responsible for forming the image of the city. Photographers have developed a vision of the city and given it a countenance. This has helped determine how the city is regarded by external observers, which, in turn, has had an effect upon the way in which Rotterdammers themselves view their city. The image of the city and the city as an image converge here in renowned photographic highlights and unknown material.

Rotterdam in the Picture | 175 Years of Photography in Rotterdam is based on a study that the Nederlands Fotomuseum commissioned Joop de Jong to perform. This exhibition presents many photos from the Museum’s own collection, supplemented by loans from the Rotterdam City Archives, the Royal Archives, the Railway Museum, the Maria Austria Institute, Rotterdam Museum, and the Extraordinary Collections of the University of Leiden.

Photographers in the exhibition
Freek van Arkel, J.Baer, Andor von Barsy, Gabriele Basilico, Henri Berssenbrugge, Henri Alphonse van Besten, Eva Besnyö, W. Bleuzé, A. Boeseken, Boudewijn Bollmann, Marrie Bot, Kim Bouvy, Gaston Braun, George Breitner, Ger Burg, Wouter Cool, John Davies, Cornelis Deltenre, François van Dijk, Adrienne van Eekelen, Bernard F. Eilers, Wally Elenbaas, Franz von Erckens, Gilbert Fastenaekens, Francis Frith, W. Ganter, J. Van Gorkum, Johann Hameter, Robert de Hartogh, Carel van Hees, Walter Herfst, Jacob van der Hoeven, Alphons Hustinx, Andries Jager, Marijn de Jong, Rince de Jong, Henk Jonker, Jan Kamman, Bart Kemps, Gebr. Klumpes, Jan Koelinga, Helena van der Kraan, Carel Kramer, Susanne Kriemann, Germaine Krull, J. Kuiper, W.J. Kuipers, Gustave Larauza, C.A.G. Leyenaar, Jannes Linders, Jan van Maanen, Paul Martens, Peter Martens, Vincent Mentzel, Carl-Emil Mögle, Kees Molkenboer, Munnich & Ermerins, Cornelis Nieuwland, Evert van Ojen, Cas Oorthuys, Pieter Oosterhuis, Julius Perger, Hayo Piebenga, Gebr. Pieterman, Frans von Pöppinghausen, Bas Princen, E. Radermacher, Joop Reijngoud, J. van Rhijn, P.W. Roemer, Jan Roovers, Frits J. Rotgans, Gerco de Ruijter, Daria Scagliola, Eric van der Schalie, Jan Schaper, J. Schotel, Janine Schrijver, Paul Schuitema, Harry Sengers, John Sherrington, Ruud Sies, Otto Snoek, Sara Lydia Stahl-Van Hoboken, Richard Strauss, H.J. Tollens, Robert F. Turing, Uyttenbroek & Versluis, Pieter Vandermeer, Daniël van de Ven, C. Vreedenburgh, Jan Vrijhof, Hans Werlemann, Gerard Wessel, Ed van Wijk, Hans Wilschut, L. van de Winkel, Peter Wotke, Steef Zoetmulder.

Catalogue Rotterdam in the Picture
Autors: Joop de Jonge en Frits Gierstberg
Contributors: Wilfried de Jong en Jules Deelder
Publisher: Hannibal
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9789492081179
Language: Dutch
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CEDRIC PRICE: The Dynamics of Time

Bureau Europa, Maastricht, NL / 13 December 2014 – 22 March 2015

Within the context of the exhibition about Cedric Price, my latest work ‘PARK / STAD’ is shown.

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The work PARK/STAD (PARK/CITY) examines our presumptions about the often highly constructed ’natural’ landscapes. In the photographic series, presented here as a slideshow projected onto the wall of slowly crossfading lush and idyllic landscapes that can be found in the Parkstad area, an undercurrent of tension exists. In many places, the green ground covers and conceals traces of the mining history that characterises the landscape of Central Limburg.

As part of my research I consulted the Limburg Regional Historical Centre archives and old DSM calendars to gain an insight into what once was when the earth was still black. This translated into a visual analysis where I zoomed out from the Winselerhof estate in Landgraaf to its immediate vicinity. Within a 2 km radius only, a range of typologies of constructed landscapes can be found: from an overgrown fishing pond, a botanical garden, to large-scale scenic recreational areas, such as Snow World, Gaia Zoo, Megaland, and the Mondo Verde World Gardens. Parks all seemingly imbued with a particular history, but in terms of meaning and design they appear to completely ignore their industrial past and identity. The remains of what was once a landscape of production are transformed into carriers of a new, generic ‘arcadian’ identity, becoming what could be described as style rooms of the new nature. As such, I put our perceptions about nature under the microscope and shows, in a poetic way, the relation and contradiction between constructed, cultivated vegetation and its opaque, underlying cultural identity.

About ‘The Dynamics of Time’: Bureau Europa presents the third iteration of an exhibition of the work of architect Cedric Price and the first public appearance of some of his selected projects in the Netherlands. CEDRIC PRICE: The Dynamics of Time is an exhibition that introduces the work of Price by presenting a cross-section of the elements of his inventive and singular practice: sketches, project drawings, recorded talks, first-hand accounts by staff, colleagues and friends. A series of selected projects present his innovative models for industry, education, government, tourism, ecology and the house.

The exhibition is curated, at the invitation of Bureau Europa, by Jan Nauta and Samantha Hardingham ad is made possible with the support of the municipality of Maastricht, the province of Limburg and the Creative Industries Fund NL.

August/end 2013 - Imagined Stories/Verhalen Verbeeld

“Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.”
(Luigi Pirandello)

Marres Projects, Bureau Europa, and Camille Oostwegel Château Hotels & Restaurants have partnered to form of a cultural research project called Imaged Stories. This project primarily focuses on the history of the WinselerHof estate in Landgraaf—a 16th-century farmhouse that opened in 1985 as a completely restored and furnished hotel and restaurant by Camille Oostwegel. Secondly, the surroundings of the Kerkrade/Landgraaf, with its rich history, will be inventoried. Since Roman times, the region has been a border area and is characterised by different historical developments and their traces, thus influencing the language, cultural practices, and the formation of the landscape. For example, think of the many foreign immigrants who came to work in the area’s mines. The project intends to make visible the effects of these industrial and cultural exchanges and recognise the region’s distinct history.

Imaged Stories was launched in August 2013. Four artists and designers were invited to stay for a week on the WinselerHof estate and to work on a visual intervention in its grounds. Participants: Astrid Mingels (artist), Kim Bouvy (artist, photographer, educator), Chris Kabel (designer) and Hans Engelbrecht (ecological gardener and director of de Groene Stap).

Kim Bouvy’s photo series examines our presumptions in relation to the appearance of the surrounding landscape. In her photographic series of the lush and idyllic nature, an undercurrent of tension exists. In many places, the green ground cover conceals traces of the mining history that characterises the landscape of Central Limburg. As part of her research, she consulted the Limburg Regional Historical Centre archives and old DSM calendars to gain an insight into what once was. This translated into a visual analysis where she zoomed out from the WinselerHof estate to its immediate vicinity. She animates her series by interweaving images of ‘real’ nature with pictures of nearby large-scale scenic recreational areas, such as botanical gardens, Snow World, Gaia Zoo, and the Mondo Verde World Gardens. Parks seemingly imbued with a particular history, but in terms of meaning they appear to completely ignore such histories. The remains of what was once a landscape of production are transformed into carriers of a new identity, becoming what could be described as style rooms of the new nature. As such, she puts our perceptions and symbolism of nature under the microscope and shows, in a poetic way, the relations and contradictions between constructed, cultivated vegetation and real nature.

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‘Phantom City’ in ‘The Dutch Photo book’ / ‘Niemandsland’ in ‘Deutschland im Fotobuch’

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On March 10 2012, the publication ‘The Dutch Photo book’ was presented at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, a book containing a selection of 124 books published between 1945-2010 that describes the relatively recent history of the famed Dutch photo book. I am very proud and honored to see my book ‘ Phantom City’ in the selection on page 184. Published by Nai Publishers, ed. Frits Gierstberg, Rik Suermondt.

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The Dutch Photobook

The Dutch Photobook describes the relatively recent history of the famed Dutch photobook. Editors Rik Suermondt and Frits Gierstberg chose over 120 of the most significant Dutch photobooks and placed them in the context of developments in photography and society.

The post-Second World War Dutch photobook is unique because of the long tradition of graphic designers and photographers working closely together. It is highly prized abroad, and many photobooks have become part of the collections of museums and private collectors. This book shows the immense variety and allure of the Dutch photobook and makes it accessible to a broad audience.

Six chapters, organized both thematically and chronologically, examine company photobooks, photobooks about youth culture, landscape books, city books, travelogues and autonomous photobooks. For each theme, the 20 most noteworthy books are described and represented by gorgeous illustrations of their covers and parts of their contents.

Available March 2012
Editors: Frits Gierstberg, Rik Suermondt
Authors: Wim van Sinderen, Claudia Kussel, Patricia Börger, Pim Milo, Flip Bool, Karen Duking, Max van Rooij, Tamara Berghmans, Mirelle Thijsen, Bart Sorgedrager, Mireille de Putter, Pieter van Leeuwen, Karin Krijgsman
Photography: Hans Bol
Design: Studio Joost Grootens, Illustrated (colour), Hardback, 240 pages, 24 x 28 cm
English edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-846-8, € 59.50
Dutch edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-845-1

Exhibition at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam from 10 March until 20 May 2012

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In September 2011, another book about photo books, this time about Germany in the Photobook - ‘Deutschland im Fotobuch’ - was published by Steidl (ed. Thomas Wiegand, Manfred Heiting): ‘Niemandsland’ can be found on page 305.

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Deutschland im Fotobuch
Thomas Wiegand, Manfred Heiting

Welche Fotobücher haben auf besonders überzeugende und charakteristische Weise Einblick in »Deutschland« gegeben? Deutschland im Fotobuch zeigt sie: Bücher aus den letzten Tagen des Kaiserreichs und der Weimarer Republik, aus dem »Dritten Reich«, der Bundesrepublik, der DDR und dem wiedervereinigten Deutschland. Viele wichtige Fotografen sind mit gestalterisch geschlossenen Werken zum Thema vertreten: August Sander und Albert Renger-Patzsch, Abisag Tüllmann und Edith Rimkus, Leonard Freed und George Hashiguchi, Dirk Reinartz, Chargesheimer, Will McBride, Heinrich Riebesehl, Christian Borchert u.v.a. Deutschland im Fotobuch versammelt 273 Werke, die mit Beispielseiten, einem kurzen Text und bibliografischen Daten vorgestellt werden. Der Band ist in thematische Gruppen gegliedert: Landschaften, Städte, Menschen, Arbeit, Architektur, Zeitgeschehen, Grenzen, »Typisch deutsch« u.a. Jedes Kapitel wird von einem Essay eingeleitet.

Book Gebunden im Schuber
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-86930-249-2
Publication date: September 2011
Steidl

Both books can still be ordered at my web store here.

July 2011 - Karl Marx Allee, Berlin

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End of June, beginning of July, I was in Berlin to revisit some of the sites that I photographed in 2001/ 2002 for my book / project ‘Niemandsland - Berlin without the wall’. In 2009, my interest in the project was rekindled since the landscape had managed to transform itself again in such a way that it deserved some closer attention. It seemed as if more and more parts of the wall started to come back and reappear in the landscape - a remarkable seemingly retrograde movement.
Apart from ‘Niemandsland’, the Karl Marx Allee drew my attention because of its remarkable formal architectural beauty and urban structure. The image shows the back side of the Kino International.

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