Kim Bouvy

Cityscape - Cologne

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Images made during residency May 2013 at Opekta Ateliers, Cologne

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.

http://www.bureau-europa.nl/

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March 2013 - Energy Landscapes

For the publication SOURCE #07: What if we were all producers (of energy)?’ published by the Master departments of the Design Academy Eindhoven (ISBN 978-94-91400-04-9), I photographed the EON energy plant located on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. The publication is a result of a joint project with E.ON about the future of energy for which the first year master students developed a series of scenarios.

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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 info@hetwildeweten.nl
www.hetwildeweten.nl

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 info@hetwildeweten.nl.

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

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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.

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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. http://albacolomo.tumblr.com/

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). http://www.parallelports.org/

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.

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