Kim Bouvy

EXHIBITION Made in Europe 10 Oct 2015 - 17 January 2016 / Bureau Europa, Maastricht

In the context of RECIPROCITY design liège 2015, Bureau Europa commissioned photographer Kim Bouvy to research the specific reciprocity between the (post-)industrial identities of Liège and Maastricht.

Both cities, as part of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion, are of considerable importance to the footnotes of European history: in 1817, the Dutch King, William 1st, sold the Prince-Bishop of Liège’s summer castle in Seraing to the sons of William Cockerill, an English industrial entrepreneur and skilled engineer. They then laid the foundations for the first coke blast furnace in Belgium in 1823, thus introducing the mass-production of iron and steel and sparking the Industrial Revolution on the European continent. These events were paralleled in Maastricht by Petrus Regout, who started his family-run steam-powered glassworks in the Boschstraat in 1834 that would extend rapidly into factories for glass, earthenware, nails and rifles. Both families consisted of pioneering industrialists and capitalists, both consolidating cross-border relations for the sake of their businesses.

Bouvy’s photographic ‘travelogue’ takes the river Meuse as her guide, looking at the successive landscapes that have emerged along the riverbanks from the time of the industrial revolution to the present. Starting at the Cockerill Castle in Seraing, where the now redundant furnaces owned by Indian steel giant ArcelorMittal stand silently next to worker communities, a new masterplan is being implemented. Between Herstal and Visé one can find off-highway shopping malls, waste incinerators and logistic hubs in development, followed by the picturesque landscape of the Plateau of Caestert and the ENCI limestone quarry and nature reserve in Maastricht. The route ends at Bureau Europa, a villa in the ‘Timber factory’ that was once part of the Sphinx empire of Regout and Sons and now part of a future ‘Factory of Culture’.

From this sequence of fragmented cross-border industrial and post-industrial landscapes, one can read the struggle of a society in flux, one that needs to constantly adapt to its rapidly changing economic and social conditions. Here the river Meuse acts as a timeless connector of ‘décors’ that are both generic and informed by local histories. The contemporary face of Europe emerges: an area in a state of industrial stagnation and disengagement. The once prominent industrial role of this region has been largely played out through an endless process of mergers. Operating within the international flows of capital, cheap resources, migrant worker populations and global economics, multinational companies no longer limit themselves to the local context of available resources and labour. Under these ‘liquid’ conditions, how can this part of the Meuse-Rhine Euregion – once closely connected by religion, culture and trade – shape, or rather reinvent, its post-industrial identity?

This project is commissioned by Bureau Europa and is part of the extra muros programme of RECIPROCITY design liège, International Triennial of Design & Social Innovation, initiated by The Province of Liege / Culture and OPMA.






In the exhibition, Kim Bouvy shows a selection of her photos and a digital slide projection with images taken between April and September 2015 in the area between Liège and Maastricht, following the river Meuse.
Designer Hannah Hiecke was invited by Bouvy to make a satellite map of the same area that is presented as an inkjet print on a size of 4 by 2 meters. In conjunction, a leporello designed by Hiecke is available at Bureau Europa that presents the satellite map and 10 images and texts by Bouvy that gives insight into the context of the depicted locations. The poster can be downloaded



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


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

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.


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.

9 Oct - 11 Nov 2012: Exhibition Research by Walking, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao

“An urban neighbourhood is not only determined by geographical and economic factors but by how its inhabitants and those of other neighbourhoods picture it” P. H. Chombart de Lauwe, 1952

Research by walking is a curatorial project developed within the framework of Alba Colomo’s residency at the Het Wilde Weten (HWW) centre in Rotterdam, as a result of a scholarship awarded by Sala Rekalde. The exhibition shows the material used by the curator during her research process, along with the work of artists Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Kim Bouvy and Left Hand Rotation. The work by the Left Hand Rotation collective was developed as part of the KunstWeekend Charlois festival in Rotterdam in June 2012.


Kim Bouvy - Free lots on Katendrecht, 2005

Research by walking focuses on the role of artists in the social transformation of the south of Rotterdam –an area where a large number of ‘creative professionals’ live- and how their presence relates to urban (and urbanistic) development policies drawn up by local institutions. The high concentration of artists – and the much vaunted ‘creative class’- who live and work in this part of the city, appears to have been one of the strategies implemented by the local authorities to regenerate the socio-economic fabric of the area.

The curator, Alba Colomo (Bilbao, 1985) graduated in Humanities from the Carlos III University in Madrid and took a Masters in Curating Latin American Art at the University of Essex (United Kingdom). She has worked in spaces including Gasworks (London) and at the Pinta (London) and Justmadrid fairs. Her research line concentrates on studying the possibilities contemporary art holds for destabilising and creating fissures in the suppositions inherent to our day to day. One of her most recent projects is Art Control Society-Arte Control Sociedad, a publication that shows work by three artists around the issue of social control. In November 2012 Alba will be presenting the project estado ausente (absent state), which will be shown at the art centre Lugar a Dudas, in Cali, Colombia.

The artists
Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum have been working together since 2001. Using documentation as a working methodology, their work centres on the analysis and questioning of notions such as space, work, ownership and community, always within the framework of everyday socio-political reality. Some of their projects include Amikejo, in the MUSAC (2011); Stay inside. Close windows and doors (2008); Let me hold your hand, Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucharest (2008); and Meanwhile, in the living room…, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2007).

Kim Bouvy works as an artist and curator in the field of photography. Her projects include the show Reclaiming the Streets, in MAMA, which she ran, and the exhibition Spectacular City at the Institute of Architecture of the Netherlands (NAI), for which she was the assistant curator. As an artist, her work revolves around the contemporary ‘Urban Condition’, combining images and text. Her book Phantom City (2010) tells a story about the presence and the future possibilities of the city of Rotterdam.

3 Oct-18 Nov 2012: exhibition Point de Vue

Point de Vue is an exhibition that shows more than 100 works of artists who graduated from or work(ed) at the Academy for Fine Arts and Design, AKV St Joost (Den Bosch / Breda) since 1812: the Academy celebrates its 200 years of existence this year!
Chief curator for the exhibition, artist and teacher Margriet Kemper, invited me to curate the period of graduates 2000-2012. I Graduated form this academy in 1999 (BA) and in 2002 (MA). Margriet Kemper selected the artists that graduated between 1812-2000.
The exhibition was opened on 2 October 2012 by the Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix van Oranje-Nassau.

Location:former SMS Museum in Den Bosch, Magistratenlaan 100
Open: Tue-Sun 12.00-17.00 3 Oct.-18 Nov. 2012
Entrance fee: €7,50, drink included
Free entrance to restaurant and book shop (with artist’ books and a selection of books from book shop Motta Eindhoven)

On several Sundays, we are organizing Salons: informal talks with participating artists, partner organizations and presentations. (Dutch spoken)

Salon Sunday 14 October: ‘Kunstenaar zijn of worden’
16.30-18.00 free entrance (exhibition is closed)
Margriet Kemper voert gesprekken met Henk Visch, Sandro Setola en Karin van Dam over hun academietijd, de invloed ervan op hun kunstenaarschap en hun huidige kunstenaarspraktijk.

Salon Sunday 21 October: ‘Over het performatieve’
16.00-16.30 Multiple (un)related causes #7 - performance door Ieke Trinks
16.30-18.00 Kim Bouvy in gesprek met Paul Segers, Monique Hendriksen en Ieke Trinks
18.00-19.00 Nothing rouses the spirit like the prospect of heroic failure - performance door Paul Segers (parkeerterrein voor Point de Vue)

Participating artists:
*artists in 2000-2012

Aaron van Erp*, Aldwin van de Ven*, Ans Verdijk, Anton Reijnders, Arjan van Arendonk, Arnold W.M. van der Laar, Bas van der Hurk, Bram Braam*, Carola Popma, D. Dubois, Dorothé Jehoel, Dyane Donck & Evelien van den Broek, Ed Kooiman, Emma van der Put*, Erik van Lieshout, Erzsébet Baerveldt, Esther Tielemans, Evelien van den Broek, Femke Dekkers*, Flip Rutten, Florette Dijkstra, Frank Van den Broeck, Frans Slager, George Korsmit, Ger Lataster, Gerrit van Bakel, Gijs van Lith*, Hans van Hoek, Hans Scholten*, Har van der Put, Harm Goslink Kuiper, Hedwig Houben*, Helma Pantus, Helmut Smits*, Henk Visch, Hieke Luik, HW Werther, Ieke Trinks*, Iris van Dongen, Iwan en Han*, Jacco Olivier, Jacobien de Rooij, Jacqueline Overberg, Jacques Frenken, Jan Bogaerts, Jan de Bie, Jan van den Dobbelsteen, Jan van Munster, Jan Sluijters, JCJ Vanderheyden, Johannes Antonius van der Ven, Joseph Barthélémy Vieillevoye, Karin van Dam, Kiki Lamers, Ksenia Galiaeva, Leon Adriaans, Lotte van Lieshout*, L.J.A.D. Creyghton, Marc Bijl, Margot Zweers*, Martijn Grooten*, Margriet Luyten, Mario Dijsselbloem, Marissa Evers, Marius de Leeuw, Marjolijn Dijkman*, Marjolijn de Wit, Mieke van Schaijk, Mike Ritchie, Nettie van den Heuvel, Nono Reinhold, Norman Trapman, P.M, Slager, Paul Hendrikse, Naro Snackey*, Niek Hendrix*, Paul Goede, Paul Segers*, Paul van Dijk, Paulien Oltheten*, Peggy Franck*, Peter Koene, Philippine Hoegen & Carolien Stikker*, Piet Slager, Pieter de Josselin de Jong, Pieter Engels, Puck Willaarts, René Daniels, Ria van Eyk, Ruud Kuijer, Sandro Setola, Sef Peeters, Servi van Grinsven, Stijn Peeters, Thom Puckey, Thomas I’Anson*, Timo van Grinsven*, Tomas Schats, Ton Frenken, Toon Laurense, Toon Noij, Toon Teeken, W-J Kersten, Willebrord Ricken.


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