Kim Bouvy

Friday 2 November 2012 20h: Symposium Port Prospects

Friday 2 November 2012, 20.00h
Het Wilde Weten, Robert Fruinstraat 35, Rotterdam
doors open 19.30h (English spoken)
Entrance free, reservations rsvp

This summer the exhibition ‘Learning from… Rotterdam’ was on view at the Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven (DE): a photographic dialogue between the harbor cities of Rotterdam and Wilhelmshaven. The exhibition featured commissioned works by a.o. Elian Somers (NL), Kim Bouvy (NL) and Oliver Godow (DE).

Since 2007, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Nederlands Fotomuseum have been commissioning photographers to reflect on the Maasvlakte 2, the extension of the Rotterdam harbor. The latest work is ‘Lunar Landscapes’ by Marie-José Jongerius, on view at the NFm from November 3.

The symposium reflects on these dialectic representations and questions their influence on the image and conception of the city. With Kim Bouvy, Elian Somers, Oliver Godow, Marie-José Jongerius (artists), Viola Weigel (director/curator Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven) Frits Gierstberg (Head of Exhibitions Nederlands Fotomuseum), Caroline von Courten (writer, curator). Moderator is Saskia van Stein (curator NAiM/Bureau Europa)

A small exhibition of the commissioned works by Elian Somers, Kim Bouvy and Oliver Godow will be on display in the project space of Het Wilde Weten during the symposium. If you can’t make it to the symposium but would like to see the works Saturday 3 or Sunday 3 November, please email to

The symposium is organized by Het Wilde Weten and the Goethe Institut Rotterdam.

Kim Bouvy ‘Lena’ (Wilhelmshaven), 2012

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.


14-26 september 2012: Tourist Information Rotterdam-Istanbul

Stadium, Kasımpaşa - Kim Bouvy 2012

Tourist Information Rotterdam-Istanbul

In Rotterdam a temporary tourist information centre for Istanbul is created. Photographers Kim Bouvy and Hans Wilschut offer their vision of the highly populated city of Istanbul. The enormous changes that have swept through Istanbul are also visible in its urban planning. For Tourist Information Istanbul, they visited both the city’s famous and lesser-known locations, like the modernistic city hall and the residential area Bosporus City. The Istanbul bureau SO? Architecture & ideas has devised a unique presentation with the work of the photographers and designers. Tourist Information temporarily becomes the fictitious centre of a city in another city.

In 2012 The Netherlands and Turkey are celebrating 400 years of diplomatic relations. By the manifestation Tourist Information, both cities are presented in a new way, as ‘promotion’ through the eyes of artists and with the works of architects. They are literally put on the map in another city, where the photographers and architects are challenged to present an image of the city, responding to existing campaigns with personal and artistic reflections. The artists are challenged to explore their artistic view to create a new and alternative ‘campaign’, exploring the sense of the city with their own means.

Tourist Information Rotterdam-Istanbul is a project initiated and produced by Perplekcity, Pieter Kuster and Emine Yilmazgil, a collective for urban programming.

Photographers: Kim Bouvy, Hans Wilschut, Ali Taptik and Serkan Taycan

Architects: SO? Architecture and Ideas, 2012 Architecten

Tourist Information Istanbul in Rotterdam
Westblaak 86
Open Tue-Sun 13-18h
14-26 september 2012



Installation shots ‘Taksim Square’, - Kim Bouvy 2012
(double channel slide installation, 154 35 mm slides)

24 June - 2 September 2012: Exhibition ‘Learning from…Rotterdam’

Exhibition ‘Learning from Rotterdam’ - Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven (DE)
24 June - 2 September 2012
With Elian Somers (NL), Kim Bouvy (NL), Oliver Gudow (DE) and Jost Wischnewski (DE)
Curated by Viola Weigel (dir. Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven)

New works I made during a short stay in the North German town of Wilhelmshaven on invitation by the Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven will be shown, together with the installation ‘Phantom City’.

Around July 10, the second number of the magazine ‘KW’ will be published which will feature our works and texts about Rotterdam and Wilhelmshaven by ao Viola Weigel and Caroline von Courten.

‘Lena’ - c-print on aluminum, 75 x 95 cm

The exhibition takes a certain assumed analogy between the two harbor cities of Wilhelmshaven and Rotterdam as starting point: both were damaged during the Second World War (Wilhelmshaven also during WW I), both cities are closely tied to their harbor and therefore ’sacrificed’ for a greater cause in different moments in history to serve a purpose that goes beyond its own economical and social borders.
A new phase for Wilhelmshaven will commence soon: In August 2012, the JadeWeserPort will be opened: a new and Germany’s only deep water container port located at the German Bight on the North East side of Wilhelmshaven. The other deep water port in Western Europe is…Rotterdam. The realization of the JDW port is in a sense connecting the two cities and harbors - not the least as competitors. Not only looking at Rotterdam in an economical sense, but also learning from Rotterdam in a social and cultural sense might be valuable, is what (the curator of) this exhibition is implying.

The title of the exhibition also refers to the seminal publication ‘Learning from Las Vegas’ by Scott Brown, Venturi and Izenour (revised ed. 1977) which, indirectly, formed my starting point when photographing the city of Wilhelmshaven.
There, I was not looking so much for similarities between the two cities, but tried to grasp the vernacular specificity of this seemingly anonymous urban fabric in the North of Germany.

‘Stoever’ - c-print on aluminum, 75 x 95 cm

‘Bayram Markt’ - c-print on aluminum, 75 x 95 cm

‘International’ - c-print on aluminum, 75 x 95 cm



Installation shots Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven

slide installation ‘Phanton City’, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven

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