Ton Broekhuis photographs beauty, bloom and mortality in his immediate surroundings in the Frisian area of Stellingwerven. With his dog as loyal walking companion, he moves through the landscape and crawls deep into his own garden. From blades of grass to woods to the little corpses of birds, time after time there is the surprising richness of a seemingly unsightly nature. Thus, sharing his lyrical gaze with the viewer, the gaze of someone who sees what others do not. In his work intimacy and abstraction alternate, in grand journeys through a world within walking distance.
A long oeuvre precedes this most recent work by the landscape photographer of the North. For 30 years, Broekhuis has cherished the northern landscape’s vastness, the freedom of emptiness. His work deals with the feeling the land evokes, any trueness to nature is subordinate to this. The process of interpretation and experimentation – once in the dark room, now in front of a screen – is where the work really comes to life.
Also on show in the exhibition is a cross-section from his earlier photographs and the many books he has published.
Every year the management of EU-Japan Fest invites the cultural capitals of Europe to appoint a photographer to travel to Japan. This year Noorderlicht is the organising party for this exchange in The Netherlands, in cooperation with Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018, inviting Alice Wielinga to make a series in the prefecture of Aomori. These huge collages can be seen on the square in front of the railway station in Leeuwarden.
photo: Hanne van der Velde
Noorderlicht | House of Photography and the Frisian Museum present 'Simulacrum II'. In the photo exhibition in the Frisian Museum five artists can be seen who manipulate reality. In their work the boundary between real and unreal is hardly recognizable.
Photography is no longer reliable when it comes to the representation of reality. Many of the images in our environment have been manipulated. The advertising world uses digital models and in films completely different worlds are created. The artists in this exhibition investigate the feasibility of reality, each in their own way.
photo foto: Thibault Brunet, from the series 'Territoires Circonscrits'
BOOK PRESENTATION 'NORTHERN GHANA LIFE' IN DE ZWIJGER IN AMSTERDAM
Last Wednesday, October 17, I presented the book 'Northern Ghana Life' at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. What considerations have been made in the curation process of the photographers and images? What story does the project tell us? Sterre Sprengers interviewed participating photographer Patrick Willocq and me.
The book is for sale in our shop: http://www.noorderlicht.com/nl/shop/boeken/northern-ghana-life/.