Exhibitions

HELLEN VAN MEENE

Leica Gallery, May 11- June 9

For the last 20 years, Hellen van Meene (b. 1972) has ranked among the world’s top photographers. Her highly distinctive style and timeless, intimate images of young girls on the brink of adulthood have attracted international acclaim.

Solo shows and group exhibitions have won her admirers in places as far away as Japan, Korea, and the US. Hellen van Meene’s career took off in a big way immediately after her graduation from the Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam) in 1996.

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JULIA FULLERTON-BATTEN

bomontiada C Blok , 4th Floor, May 11-13

Julia Fullerton-Batten admits there is a pronounced autobiographical influence in much of her earlier work, which is often informed by recollections of her own child- hood and adolescence; living in Germany, the US, and the UK; her parents divorce; and her own early relationships.

Her recent projects look more toward contemporary social issues, frequently delving into controversial subjects.

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EASTREET 4

bomontiada C Blok, 4th Floor, May 11-13

Eastreet is an on-going exhibition and publication dedicated to photography from Eastern Europe. Eastreet is one of the biggest initiatives promoting documentary photography from Eastern Europe.

So far, over 30,000 photos have been submitted from artists all around the world. The best photos selected by a group of curators are present as part of gallery exhibition and also as part of an outdoor in- stallation in Lublin’s city centre.

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ALICIA MONEVA

bomontiada C Blok, 4th Floor, May 11-13

Alicia Moneva first began her art career with oil painting. This has influenced the way she shows us her world, where shadow is essential, almost as much as light is. She was born in Madrid, where she still lives.

When she graduated with a degree in biological science from the Complutense University of Madrid, she started her professional career working with several architects.

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LOCAL TALENTS GROUP SHOW

CAN DAĞARSLANI / OLGAÇ BOZALP / SİNAN TUNCAY
bomontiada C Blok, 4th Floor, May 11-13

Each year the 212 Photography Festival will host Local Talent – an exhibition space dedicated to promoting local talent from the contemporary photography scene.

For the first edition of the festival, we have curated a selection of local artists who possess both a solid mastery of their technique and an undeniable hunger and potential to grow.

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GÖZALTI

bomontiada Leica Shop, May 11-13

Gözaltı (In Custody) is a fanzine started by six friends. The zine is published twice a year, in Spring and Autumn, with each
issue organized around a new theme. The zine is about spending money on MY production rather than consumption.

Hence, for the creators, the zine is a physical manifestation of a production process that they feel enriches them both as artists and human beings—a process they collectively invest labour, time, and money in.

A selection of works taken from the Gözaltı back issues can be seen at the Leica shop during the festival.
Gözaltı team: Elif Gülen
Omar Özenir
Martin Hinze
Tolga Güleç
Simon Becker
Taylan Bağcı

www.gozaltifanzin.com

HELLEN VAN MEENE

Leica Gallery, May 11 – June 9

For the last 20 years, Hellen van Meene (b. 1972) has ranked among the world’s top photographers. Her highly distinctive style and timeless, intimate images of young girls on the brink of adulthood have attracted international acclaim. Solo shows and group exhibitions have won her admirers in places as far away as Japan, Korea, and the US. Hellen van Meene’s career took off in a big way immediately after her graduation from the Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam) in 1996. Following various group exhibitions and a solo show at the Paul Andriesse gallery in Amsterdam, her international breakthrough came with a solo exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery in London. Since then, her work has been acquired by major museums in the Netherlands and around the world. Collections in which it can now be found include those of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), and MoMA (New York).

Although Van Meene has continued to develop and her choice of subject has expanded over the past twenty years, her work has always displayed the same consistent and distinctive personal style. Van Meene’s unique style is characterized by the timeless and mysterious atmosphere in her images and by her consistent use of natural light. Due to the crucial importance of lighting in her photographs, but also because of the particular way she stages her pictures of adolescent girls, her work is sometimes compared with that of major painters of the past, from Botticelli and Velázquez through to the Pre-Raphaelites of the nineteenth century.

Van Meene draws her models – often young girls – from her immediate social circle or spots them on the street. She doesn’t care who the girl is or where she comes from. For that reason, she deliberately refrains from titling her photographs; the identity of the subject is irrelevant. The photographic image represents a mere moment in time, carefully staged by the photographer; the subject may look quite different the next day – especially if she is a girl in an ‘in-between phase’, hover- ing on the brink of adulthood. Time flies by. What remains is a timeless image that frequently offers no clue as to whether it was produced at the start of Van Meene’s career or just this year.

JULIA FULLERTON-BATTEN

bomontiada C Blok, 4th Floor, May 11-13

Julia Fullerton-Batten admits there is a pronounced autobiographical in uence in much of her earlier work, which is often informed by recollections of her own child- hood and adolescence; living in Germany, the US, and the UK; her parents divorce; and her own early relationships.

Her recent projects look more toward contemporary social issues, frequently delving into controversial subjects. Fullerton-Batten was born in Bremen, Germany. She initially studied photography at university. Subsequently, she assist- ed professional photographers for five years before her first commercial assignment kick-started her career in 1995, and she began to gain recognition as a fine-art photographer in her own right in 2005. Julia’s use of unusual locations, highly creative settings, street-cast models, all accented with cinematic lighting, are hallmarks of her very distinctive style of photography. She inculcates visual tensions in her images, and imbues them with a hint of mystery, which combine to tease the viewer into re-examine the picture, each time seeing more detail and ending deeper meaning.

Fullerton-Bat- ten has won countless awards for both her commercial and fine art work, and is a Hasselblad Master. She was commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery in London to shoot portraits of leading members of the UK National Health Service. These are now held there in a permanent collection. Other images are also in permanent collection at the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland.

EASTREET 4

bomontiada C Blok, 4th Floor, May 11-13

Eastreet is an on-going exhibition and publication dedi- cated to photography from Eastern Europe. Eastreet is one of the biggest initiatives promoting documentary pho-

tography from Eastern Europe. So far, over 30,000 photos have been submitted from artists all around the world. The best photos selected by a group of curators are present as part of gallery exhibition and also as part of an outdoor in- stallation in Lublin’s city centre. Eastreet has also published a special book presenting selected photographs together with artist biographies. Their intention is to present a group portrait of people in the public spaces of Eastern European cities. Their works ask questions like: What kind of changes do people experience and what kind of actions and interac- tions do they participate in? How do individuals shape their environment? How does our environment affect our lives? How do we interact with it? What lies hidden under the sur- face of everyday life? The formula of street photography ts this subject matter well, but they want to go beyond labels, so the exhibition features a range of documentary photogra- phy, broadly de ned. They try to explore the borders of the genre, looking for new styles, new names, and fresh ideas. Last, but not least, they want to promote photographers working in that part of the world and build a platform for the exchange of ideas, dialogue, and inspiration. The Eastreet project was initiated by Tomasz Kulbowski in 2013 and since the beginning has been curated by Joanna Kinowska, Alek- sander Bochenek, and Grzegorz Ostręga.

Eastreet 4 was organised with the support of the National Centre for Culture and the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin, Poland.

ALICIA MONEVA

bomontiada C Blok, 4th Floor, May 11-13

She was born and lives in Madrid. When she finished her studies of Biological Sciences at the Complutense University, she started her professional career working with several architects. She did a pictorial interpretation of projects; most of them were related to urban planning. Her first approach to art was oil painting. This determines the way in which she shows us her world, in which the shadow is essential, almost as much as the light. The great influence that architecture has in her work can be seen un her compositions. Later, she incorporated photography. She started with analogue, black and white portraits.

Then she worked on series, as she had previously done with her paintings. She explores the concept of the human, as an individual being or as part of a collective identity. She always proposes questions and leaves roads open to reflection. These photographs are usually the summary of many, as if they were a group of frames, with the intention of showing the time and space in a single instant. Perhaps this is the reason why her photographs always go with small pieces of video, “videObras”, as she likes to title them. Her series are always open to the inclusion of new works. She does not want to close any of the topics she is interested in.

Alicia Moneva rst began her art career with oil painting. This has in uenced the way she shows us her world, where shadow is essential, almost as much as light is. She was born in Madrid, where she still lives. When she graduat- ed with a degree in biological science from the Complutense University of Madrid, she started her professional career working with several architects. The great in uence that architecture has had in her work can be seen in many of her compositions. Later, she began to incorporate photography into her oeuvre. She started with analogue, black-and-white portraits. Later, she worked on series, as she had previously done with her paintings.

Moneva explores the concept of the human, as an individual or as part of a broader collective identity. She always poses questions with her work and leaves space for reflection. Her work often consists of a group of photos framed to show time and space captured in a single moment, and her series are always open to the inclusion of new works. Her transition between painting and photography was marked by personal crisis where her artistic productivity decreased dramatically. During that period, she returned to university, first studying psychology and later philosophy. It gave her the opportunity to continue learning, it gave her the feeling of being alive again. She is currently focused on photographic series, but has also started painting again.

LOCAL TALENTS GROUP SHOW

CAN DAĞARSLANI / OLGAÇ BOZALP / SİNAN TUNCAY
bomontiada C Blok, 4th Floor, May 11-13

Each year the 212 Photography Festival will host Local Talent – an exhibition space dedicated to promoting local talent from the contemporary photography scene. For the first edition of the festival, we have curated a selection of local artists who possess both a solid mastery of their technique and an undeniable hunger and potential to grow.

The selection is intentionally multi-disciplinary and promotes artists who, although they make use of a variety of aesthetic approaches, all pose coherent questions with their work and produce consistently high quality pieces.

The idea is not only to have contemporary local artists exhibiting their works during the festival, but also to allow the artists to bene t from the network formed by the community of the festival and to bring them into contact with various key players from the contemporary photography world. The full selection of work connects themes concerning identity and space, perception and subtle expression.

MEET THE ARTISTS

SİNAN TUNCAY

Born in 1986, Sinan Tuncay earned his BA from Sabancı University in Visual Communication Design in 2010 and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Photography, Video and Related Media in New York in 2013. His video installation ‘Mommy’s Not Home’ was exhibited as a part of ‘Close Quarters’ group show at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art in 2013, and was subsequently acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.

With his series ‘Public Intimacy’, he was selected as one the 50 international artists to participate ‘reGeneration3: New Perspectives on Photography’, a tour- ing exhibition and publication project, that was held by Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, in 2015.

His first solo show, ‘I’m sorry, Leyla’, opened in New York in 2016, and he has recently been awarded a fellowship by New York Foundation for the Arts. Sinan lives in New York and his work is represented by C.A.M. Gallery in Turkey.

CAN DAĞARSLANI

While studying architecture at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Art, where he graduated in 2006, Can Dağarslanı became increasingly interested in photography. A professional architect and photographer, Dağarslanı challenges his audience with a distinctive view of the world. His work is a fusion of architecture and photography, with strong focuses on (a)symmetry, distinctive colour codes, and subtly expressive models in sparse, unsettling, spacious settings.

Dağarslanı draws inspiration from his architectural background, as well as his deep understanding of people’s perceptions and illusions. The result is an inimitable body of work that straddles the fine line between visual confrontation and playfulness. Dağarslanı lives in Istanbul.

OLGAÇ BOZALP

Olgaç Bozalp’s photographs often glow with Near Eastern afternoon sunshine. In 2017, he was invited to shoot the entire ‘Borders’ issue of Anti- dote magazine, which took him across Europe, Africa, and the Near East. For this project, he approached strangers that caught his eye, most notably in Iran, where he found subjects on the streets of Tehran and Kashan. The sub- jects allowed Bozalp into their homes, where he was able to shot intimate portraits of them wearing a mixture of their own clothes and fashion piec- es. His work has also been featured in Aperture magazine, Replica, and Dust. Bozalp now lives in London.