PAGESPages – a new generation of photo books from The Netherlands

an event of LOW Dutch-Flemish Cultural Festival, Budapest 2008 in Dorottya

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Service Centre for International Cultural Activities / SICA, Embassy of Belgium – Flemish Representation, Flemish Authorities, Lumen Gallery, Impex Photo books are receiving plenty of attention. Alongside the appearance of hefty standard works and exhibition catalogues, there is a lively trade in new and antiquarian photo books. With the advent of the internet, they seemed to be an outmoded medium. But appearances were deceiving, because the new exhibition Pages, A new generation of photo books from The Netherlands in the Dorottya Gallery proofs otherwise. This exhibition shows how a young generation of photographers in The Netherlands is reshaping this ostensibly traditional medium.

The forms in which the books appear are as diverse and distinctive as the work of the photographers themselves, from personal visual narratives, documentary projects and conceptual investigations to publications that invite interaction. Some books are initiatives - and often published – by the photographers themselves; others are issued by a publisher. The forty-some publications that are shown in Pages are by Melanie Bonajo, Kim Bouvy, Semâ Bekirovic´, Nickel van Duijvenboden, Ringel Goslinga, Wytske van Keulen, Vesselina Nikolaeva, Paulien Oltheten, Reineke Otten, Mieke Woestenburg and others. Video works that accompany several of the publications are also being screened. Several photo magazines which provide an important podium for young Dutch photographers are being shown too, including Sec, Fw:, Capricous and Archivo.

Pages can be seen in the Nederlands Fotomuseum from 9 February through 2 March. Simultaneously Pages will run from 13 February through 8 March in the Dorottya Gallery (a unit of the Budapest Kunsthalle) as part of the LOW Festival, the Dutch-Flemish Cultural Programme 2008. In connection with this, during the same period the book Family Tree by Ringel Goslinga will be presented in exhibition form in the Lumen Gallery (Budapest). The latest issue of Fw: magazine will appear to mark the exhibitions.

This exhibition was the outcome of an initiative by Gergely László (Lumen Photography Foundation, Budapest) and Claudia Küssel (Nederlands Fotomuseum) in cooperation with Fw:, podium for Dutch photography. Fw: is comprised of Karin Krijgsman, Dieuwertje Komen, Petra Stavast and Hans Gremmen.

Opening Pages – A new generation of photo books from The Netherlands
Friday, 8 February, 2008, 5:00 p.m at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam
Wednesday, 13 February, 2008, 6:00 p.m at the Dorottya Gallery, Budapest
Dorottya Gallery: 1051 Budapest, Dorottya utca 8. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10.00 – 18.00
Opening Ringel Goslinga, Family Tree Wednesday, 13 February, 2008, 8:00 p.m at the Lumen Gallery, Budapest
Lumen Gallery: 1088 Budapest, Mikszáth Kálmán tér 2. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 8.30 – 19.00

The LOW Dutch-Flemish Cultural Festival, Budapest 2008 Grand Opening:
2008. February 13. - March 8.

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2008. February 6. - March 2.
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