Built around the theme of “crossings”, those that hamper and those that bind, this edition gathers 10 portfolios and shines a light on the same number of photography books to help us towards a better understanding of a question that is at the heart of current events
In November 2019 Europe celebrates the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that in its time symbolized hope, a sign of a new freedom for all nations. And yet today, there is an ever-increasing number of walls dividing us. In 1989 there were 11 such walls in the world; there are now 65, of which more than a dozen have sprung up since 2010. Since 1991, 26,000 kilometres of new international borders have been created, and these ideological ramparts now span 40,000 kilometres overall.
From the very beginning of photographic history, explorer-photographers have sought to demonstrate that national and geographic borders are always pushed further. Inevitably, photographers were intrigued by these lines of separation: borders are material and emblematic outlines that question photographers and challenge their ability to portray, explain and deconstruct physical, judicial and dogmatic separations.
For this 10th edition of The Eyes, we have chosen to address the issue of the space these limits occupy in a world that is animated by both the need and the temptation to cross. Here, photographers show the multitude of cuts, divisions and separations by using documentary image-making, cartography and more symbolic perspectives. Political demonstrations, social degradation and attacks on freedom of movement all confront us with the pernicious and often devastating effects of divisions. Others invite us to look beyond the acceleration of the movement towards separation, and to consider the notion of border as an opportunity to bring together: how can photography then be considered as a meeting ground?
Délio Jasse, Seba Kurtis, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Dornith Doherty, Tanya Habjouqa, Jim Goldberg, Salvatore Vitale, Hassan Hajjaj, Patrick Tournebœuf and Michal Iwanowski… A multitude of points of view that speak of systems of domination and conflicts of interest, as well as circulation, openness and attempts at togetherness.
A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Dornith Doherty is a Texan photographer and is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas. Her projects are focused on the relationship between natural environment and human modifications.
Polish photographer, born in 1977, Michal Iwanowski lives and works in Cardiff, Wales, since 2001. After a Master’s degree in English in Wroclaw, Poland, and a Master of Fine Arts in Wales University in Newport in 2008, he is now a photography professor at Fotogallery in Cardiff.
Born in Argentina, Seba Kurtis studied journalism before leaving the country in 2001 in the wake ofthe political and economic crisis of 2001. He lived as an illegal immigrant in Europe for severalyears before accomplishing a Masters of Arts-Photography LCC in Manchester, where he nowlives and work.
Born in Angola, Délio Jasse lives and works in Italy. Through his photographic works, he draws links between photography and memory, by interweaving found images with clues from past lives (passport photos, family albums). He also develops his own printing techniques.
Born in Italy, Salvatore Vitale works in Switzerland, where he studied Fine Arts. He was a recipientof the PHmuseum Award Grant in 2017, and then of the FOAM Talent and Punctum Award in 2018. He is the co-founder and editori in chief of YET Magazine, a Swiss-based magazine that focuses on the evolution of photography practice in the contemporary art field.
German photographer born in 1938, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg travels through Europe, Asia and Middle East looking for contradictory architectural forms in landscapes. Her work dives into the links between industrial and architectural structures, territories and people, and expresses the historical and political importance of architecture and its destruction for the past century.
Co-founder of the Tendance Floue collective in 1991, Patrick Tournebœuf focuses on the common places of urban space and the stigmata of history. In 2019, for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, he returns to the footsteps of a past, its symbols and its representation.
Born in Jordany, Tanya Habjouqa is a photographer, artist and teacher. Institutions such as Time,The Smithsonian and World Press Photo have commended her work. She is the founder ofRawika, a collective of 6 female photographers based in Middle East, who report the Iraki andLebanese conflicts, as well as the Darfour war in Soudan. She is represented by Noor Imagesagency
Born in 1953, Jim Goldberg is an American photographer, member of the Magnum Agency. Hereceived various awards for his work on social issues, a work in which he combines images andtexts. He teaches at College of Arts and Craft in California.
Hassan Hajjaj is a photographer, filmmaker and designer born in Morocco, who grew up between Larache and London. At the beginning of the 1980s, he started his photographry work, inspired bythe reggae and hip-hop scenes in London, as well as by his North-African heritage.
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The Eyes#10 launch evening
Preview of The Eyes #10 with the photographers, authors and contributors of the new issue