Refuge, Five Cities in New York 049

Cooling Plant, Dubai (image by Bas Princen)

Na Istanbul reist de fototentoonstelling Refuge van Bas Princen naar de Storefront in New York

In de Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York opent op 12 mei de tentoonstelling Refuge, Five Cities van de Rotterdamse fotograaf Bas Princen:

” Refuge, Princen’s most recent project, REFUGE, commissioned by the IABR and DEPO Istanbul, could be described as a photographic fiction of sorts. Although it is the result of extensive travels and research in five cities of the Middle East and Turkey – Istanbul, Beirut, Amman, Cairo and Dubai – it could just as easily pass as the pictorial record of a drive through a single, imaginary city: a city without a center, populated by extraordinary and at times implausible architectural artifacts; an urban laboratory whose physical traits are defined by migratory flows, spatial transformation and geopolitical flux on a continental scale. 

An architect by training, Princen has for many years used photography as a tool to observe, record and interpret the contemporary landscape. His photographs – themselves unmanipulated representations of reality – invite the viewer to construct an imaginary landscape that lies beyond the frame, outside the limits of the viewfinder. 

Refuge is not, however, an exercise in abstraction. It is a documentation of the spatial products of refuge, ranging from migrant worker camps to gated satellite cities in the desert or the frequent proximity between abject poverty and extreme wealth, that at the same time sidesteps the cliches and the iconic emblems of segregation and seclusion. Starting from its peripheries, Princen’s photographs conduct the viewer through a cityscape that is both familiar and remote, ominous and beautiful.”

Deze tentoonstelling werd mogelijk dankzij financiele steun van de Mondriaan Stichting, de 4e IABR 2009 (International Architectuur Biennale Rotterdam) en het Nederlands Consulaat in New York.
Dit project is onderdeel van de tentoonstelling REFUGE, Open City Istanbul, een samenwerking van DEPO Istanbul en de IABR, geproduceerd als onderdeel van het research platform “diwan”, en samengesteld door de curatoren Philipp Misselwitz en Can Altay. 

Met speciale dank aan: Jennifer Sigler, George Brugmans, Tim Rieniets, Dina Shehayeb, Mona Fawaz, Rami Daher, Yasser Elsheshtawy, Robert Kloos, Milica Topalovic
Uitgeverij SUN


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