Kim Bouvy

Installation “Phantom City’ @ MK galerie, Berlin (Nov 12 - Dec 18, 2010)


On the correlation between image and identity

Sonia Jiménez Alvarez (D), Kim Bouvy (NL), Sabrina Jung (D), Dieuwertje Komen (NL), Anne Lass (D), Patricia Neligan (D), Antje Peters (D/NL), Elian Somers (NL)

Contemporary photography from Germany and the Netherlands, curated by Caroline von Courten

www.mkgalerie.de/exhibitions/current/index.php

BOOK ‘Home’ - VMX Architects

In June 2010, the book ‘Home’ by VMX Architects was published (SUN Publishers). For this book, I photographed 16 housing projects in the Netherlands designed by VMX in the last 15 years.

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Graphic designers Mevis & van Deursen and VMX contacted me because they were looking for a different approach towards architecture photography for their book. In books about architecture, the architecture is most often photographed when still brand new, unblemished and uneffected by use and wear of its inhabitants, therefore showing quite an ‘unreal’ image of architecture. This makes sense, when one considers architecture photography to be an important marketing tool for architects to promote their works with images that pay homage.

The book is also meant to function as a study book. It includes a text by writer and journalist Marina de Vries, who is also living in one of the housing projects by VMX. The book is made out of 16 different chapters, one for each housing project, each consisting of an introduction text, the technical drawings and my images from the project taken inside and outside. The housing projects that I photographed range from building projects still in preperation, commissioned family homes, to large social housing projects.

The book was made in a very short period of time, but still resulted in a challenging book that illustrates a very fresh and open minded attitude towards what architecture and its representation is and how this could be presented in a book in a different way. An aspect that became a focus for my images, was how the inside world of the architecture of VMX and the outside world related to eachother, how inside and outside are experienced in parallel, as a kind of osmosis of the senses.

Having such an open minded architecture firm and Netherlands’ most prominent graphic designers asking me to apply a different approach, photographing their projects in their full functioning existence and giving me freedom to interpret the commission in dialogue with them, was a very exiting challenge and experience.

ISBN 9789461051295
Dutch/English edition
Paperback | 81 images in Full color

324 pages / 146 x 220 mm
€32,50

BUY THE BOOK HERE

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Phantom City @ QUICKSCAN, Nederlands Fotomuseum (untill May 23)


Part of the QUICKSCAN exhibition will travel to the Dutch Culture Centre in Shanghai. A new single channel version of the Phantom City slide installation will be on display from July 17 till August 8, 2010.

Special Edition Phantom City: print I

A Special Edition of Phantom City is now available, consisting of a signed book and one signed and numbered print (I or II). Both prints have an edition of 15 each and are printed with an Epson printer on Epson Premium Semigloss Photo Paper.
Paper size: 30x 40 cm, image size: 26 x 32 cm.

Prize Special Edition (book+print): 225,- incl. VAT (shipping handling not included). Please send me an email if you would like some information / to order.

The book ‘Phantom City’ can now be ordered in my webstore and is also available at Schaden and through Motto distribution.


Special Edition Phantom City: print II


A Special Edition of Phantom City is now available, consisting of a signed book and one signed and numbered print (I or II). Both prints have an edition of 15 each and are printed with an Epson printer on Epson Premium Semigloss Photo Paper.
Paper size: 30x 40 cm, image size: 26 x 32 cm.

Prize Special Edition (book+print): 225,- incl. VAT (shipping handling not included). Please send me an email if you would like some information / to order.

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