Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Photographers

The Photographers
Laurence Bonvin & Juul Hondius
June 23, 2007 - August 11, 2007

Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center is pleased to present The Photographers, an exhibition by the Swiss artist Laurence Bonvin and the Dutch artist Juul Hondius.

Prior to the realization of the exhibition, both Bonvin and Hondius spent a considerable amount of time in Istanbul in 2005 and 2006. The exhibition is a result of the extensive research about urban spaces in transformation, changing demographics, and mental maps of the city.

There is a remarkable interest in photography as a predominant medium in the field of contemporary art in Turkey. With this exhibition, Platform approaches this interest with two distinct positions: Hondius' photography takes on a place though a series of complex procedures without over-signifying the place itself. It is a form of distilling a city to a set of monumental images that are in large part mis-en-scénes. Rather than transferring the real, he starts with a photographic fiction that has a purchase on plausibility. Bonvin's photographs, similar to Hondius', betray the desire of arresting the image in a local, preconceived way. In fact, Bonvin's photographs of plush, newly-built gated communities on the outskirts of the city have the potential to be anywhere for an scrutinizing eye. Mostly of depopulated, tranquil spaces, the photographs look like near-perfect sets, unlikely to be actual.

The exhibition is a welcome relief to the subject of Istanbul that has been suffering from over-representation, photo-documentary formats, journalistic impulses, and the fast image.

Laurence Bonvin is a photography-based artist living and working in Geneva. A two-time receipient of the Swiss Art Award, her work has been exhibited at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Fri-Art, Fribourg, Aarhus Copenhagen and many other other institutions.

Juul Hondius is an Amsterdam based artist and a former resident of Platform Garanti CAC. His work has been exhibited recently at the Tate Liverpool Museum, The Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and Busan Biennale 2004, South Korea.

The exhibition has been realized with the support of Pro Helvetia, Fonds Municipal d'Art Contemporain de la ville de Genève, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, and the Mondriaan Foundation.

Excerpt from an Interview of Laurence Bonvin with Fatoş Üstek

F.A. I would like to start our interview with making our readers informed about your education and how you started to produce photography.

L.B. My first experience with photography was watching the pictures that my father had produced while he was traveling the world as a sportsman. For me, as a kid, the elsewhere they were picturing was really influential...
The full interview can be found here