In the past 8 months, 170 photography students from 7 academies have been working on projects around BredaPhoto's theme YOU. KASK Ghent hosted the final presentations round with pitches of no less than 51 pre-selected students. BredaPhoto's curators have now selected 16 emerging talents who will exhibit their work at BredaPhoto 2016.
June 3rd, 2016
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In the Academy project, BredaPhoto works together with 7 academies in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, to develop the talent of a new generation of photographers: AKV|St. Joost Breda, KASK Gent, KASK Antwerpen, LUCA School of Arts NARAFI and Sint Lukas Brussel, KABK Den Haag and the German academy FH Bielefeld. Based on BredaPhoto’s theme YOU, the students worked on their photographic or cinematic projects. After several visits to the academies, BredaPhoto made a pre-selection of 51 students. They pitched their final proposals on April 29th at KASK Ghent, creating a challenging task for BredaPhoto’s curators to make a selection. Ultimately, they chose 16 promising students who will enter BredaPhoto 2016. And these are the names:
Jan Maschinski (FH Bielefeld) – Vortex
Vortex presents improbable portraits of individuals in awkward moments, looking stunned or stoned. Jan Maschinski shows hidden feelings and intangible oddities, which are the prime subjects of his pictures. What binds this portrait series together is the “far-away look” in the eyes of the subjects, although the conditions that bring about those facial expressions are neither explained nor revealed. Are these moments of self-reflection? Horror? Confusion?
Anika Neuß (FH Bielefeld) – Delusion. The Phenomenological Case of Sybil Isabel Dorsett
The American woman Shirley Ardell Mason (1923 – 1998) had a dissociative identity disorder, a psychiatric condition in which a person experiences multiple personalities. Shirley had sixteen alter-egos, each with its own identity, appearance and age. Some alter-egos were good friends, while others were not or didn’t even know each other. Anika Neuß visualized Shirley’s 16 alter-egos. She became fascinated with her story after she had read the book Sybil (1973), which Shirley became widely known for. She portrayed people with attributes and attitudes that refer to the people in the head of Sybil. Subsequently, she projected Shirley’s face, derived from a photograph from 1941, on the portraits. This creates one new person out of two.
Lucie Marsmann (FH Bielefeld) – ULLA & WILLI, 2016
ULLA & WILLI is the first stage in an ongoing occupation with the private photographic archive of Marsmann’s maternal grandparents. It denotes a personal perspective on family and relationship(s). Her grandparents’ ritual to continuously photograph each other, is the scope for a new reading of the archive. Its combination with new images of memorabilia and locations results in a focused view on their practice of self-presentation. Memories triggered by images as well as objects to which memories are connected, are constituent elements of this work in progress.
Daleen Bloemers (AKV|St. Joost Breda) – I’m so happy to hear you’re doing fine.. (working title)
The sentence ‘I’m so happy to hear you’re doing fine’ is taken from the movie A pigeon sat on a branch reflecting on existence by Roy Anderson, and is slightly melancholic. That melancholy also lurks in Bloemers’ work. Her work is one large self-portrait, in which the photos independently display a certain feeling or aspect. Through her work, she gets to know herself better; the work depicts a search for her own identity. Because she not literally uses herself in the image, the self-portraits symbolize a universal search for identity. Bloemers’ pictures often have an uneasy undertone: you do not know whether you look at a depressed portrait, or whether it is powerful.
Nina Verbruggen (AKV|St. Joost Breda) – Das war einmal
Das war einmal is a series about the 92-year-old Ms. Bouwels. After the death of her husband she lived alone for 20 years in her own home. Due to some physical limitations, the small acts in her life are often difficult. One of her limitations is that she suffers from an eye disease and therefore has poor sight. Still, she finds her way blindly in and around her own house; her safe and familiar environment. Her habitat ranges from the sidewalk at the front of the street, until behind the fence in her yard. The people around her help her with creating conditions to maintain her independence. Ms. Bouwels fulfills the ideal of the ‘participation society’ in the Netherlands. Reality, however, show that this particular situation is exceptional.
Lise Straatsma (KABK Den Haag) – Failing to prepare is preparing to fail
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail is a research into the end of the world as we know it, according to doom sayers and/or prophets, being prepared for the unpredictable and the fragility of our sense of safety. They build bunkers and stuff them with supplies, medicines and gasmasks.
Alexey Shlyk (KASK Antwerpen) – The appleseed necklace
Alexey Shlyk was a citizen of the Soviet Union for the better part of his childhood. He still remembers his passport with the hammer and sickle on it and the empty racks in the stores. In this on-going series he approaches the theme YOU at a personal and political level – basing his photographs on the once predominant DIY culture in the country of his origin. He refers to his memories and nostalgic feelings to the things that he has seen and heard of in the past, events that he has participated in. In The appleseed necklace he’s talking about creativity, craftsmanship, diligence and typical recycling that were natural to the people living in conditions of constant shortages. It was a time when one had either to find a way to snatch what he or she needed, or to make it out of the accessible materials.
Nanó Wallenius (KASK Antwerpen) – Only Last Spring I Started Wearing Pink
The starting point in this work is the complexity of the color pink in Western society. Almost everyone has an opinion about pink while other colors remain more neutral to us. Pink can be both seductive and childish, erotic and girly – sometimes even polite. It can also be a kind of statement about the essence of traditional femininity and the madonna-whore complex. This project consists of a publication, a photo series, a sculpture and a performance.
Casper Fitzhue (KASK Antwerpen) – Optimal Prime
Picture this: earth, after years of wars and industrial spillage, toxic waste and climatic imbalance, the systematic annihilation of bees. A near or distant future, where all this became too much, resulting in the destruction of all organic plant life. What would it look like if future man attempted to build monumental flowers from the scraps of the same technology that killed them? Using only metal and plastic from DIY warplanes and tanks, Fitzhue made a new species of plants - a message from the future.
Flor Maesen (KASK Gent)
BredaPhoto’s theme YOU is about the individual that adapts to and behaves in a changing society that increasingly cares less for people. The theme of Maesen’s work is the opposite of this: it is about the aspects of the human condition that are not – or little – under the influence of social change. Intimacy, lust and desire are elements in man which have always been there and will always be there. Where individual feelings do not count in the whole of society, lust and desires are an important part of human life. If not in the perception, then at least in fantasy. That may be taking ‘violent’ proportions.
Pauline Niks & Jesse Cremers (KASK Gent) – CARAVAN – bending & stretching the rules since 2015.
CARAVAN is a mobile platform for artistic productions. In January 2015, the founding members and artists Pauline Niks and Jesse Cremers went to Stockholm with their homegrown caravan. The house on wheels – with wood stove – was the ideal base for a stay of six months. People were curious and there was easily made contact with residents near the caravan. This interaction was a breeding ground for new artistic work, such as photographs, sculptures and performances. In Sweden, however, the duo was also confronted with the detached ‘corporate culture’ of companies like Vasakronan. In response, Pauline and Jesse decided to organize their caravan also as a company, as to provide a response to the corporate culture of our contemporary society. CARAVAN became a real ‘brand’, including a corporate identity, logo, business clothing, et cetera. For BredaPhoto 2016 CARAVAN presents the series Some Ideas , and the caravan itself, which is exhibited in an outdoor location. Some ideas are documented ‘in between’-moments. These give an insight into Jesse’s world, where every day new things are invented and re-invented.
Zoë Parton (LUCA School of Arts /NARAFI Brussel) – Sofie
Sixteen years ago, Zoë Parton lost her sister due to a car crash. Parton was 9 years old, her sister 18. In images she captures their story and tries to understand how the event also formed her. Impressions and objects her sister has left behind, emotional connections between them. This way, she takes her with her, immortalizes her, holds her. How she is with her, without being here.
Eva Beazar (LUCA School of Arts /Sint Lukas Brussel) – A constructed family
In passports and in other official documents, we use passport photos as an objective reflection of who we are. They have a standard format and the way we have to look into the camera is predetermined. In the 19th century, the French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon used mugshots (his own invention) as a scientific method to study faces on features for criminals. To call the composite photos in A constructed family scientific documents, would be unfitting. Eva Beazar portraits almost seem to have been drawn with charcoal. Instead of actual registrations, we see hybrid people, composed of several people who are important in her life.
Axel De Marteau (LUCA School of Arts /Sint Lukas Brussel) – Untitled.Prototype
In Untitled.Prototype De Marteau explores the concept of ‘within’, in its most essential forms. To create forms of a within, one needs three basic elements: a floor which ensures that we do not directly have to live on the bare floor, a wall which separates inside from outside and assures the privacy of the within, and a ceiling which closes the structure and isolates it from the ‘upper world’. De Marteau’s video-performance can be seen as a ‘study’ of forms. With cheap and found construction materials, he creates and discovers the within according to the three elementary construction forms: square, rectangle and triangle. The studio, where the work is conducted, emphasizes that the constructions are just forms of ‘within’, nothing more. It is useless to see them as a form of housing, like it is also useless to create a form of within, within a studio which already is a form of a ‘within’.
Erien Withouck (LUCA School of Arts /Sint Lukas Brussel) – We’re all living on a giant’s solar model of the universe
Fascinated by the duality between words and imagery, Withouck delved into Belgian and Thai national archives, for which she translated words into different languages. This revealed new definitions, while others became lost in translation. The words became homonyms the same way found images are redefined when placed in a new context. Found imagery along with images from her own personal archive became the building blocks for this project, which will take the form of a newspaper. When browsing through it, the viewer is reading carefully selected histories which are then re-interpreted, creating a new past.
Victor Goemaere (LUCA School of Arts /Sint Lukas Brussel)
In his performance, Goemaere uses old videotapes of nature movies, which he resourcefully transforms into music with his synthesizer. The existing images become vague, generate radiation and sound, creating opportunity to improvise. Goemaere’s performance is part of the Final Countdown festival, which takes place in the Belcrum area of Breda, in the last weekend of October (the last weekend of BredaPhoto). Goemaere will perform during the after party at Pier15.
Urbanautica was also present at the final presentations of the Academy project at KASK Ghent. They made a review with a top pick of 5 photographers and their projects. “You could also clearly see the different identities and accents of each participating school.” Read more: www.urbanautica.com/review/breda-photos-students/600