Foto-expositie Blurring the Lines

Datum: 7-2-2020 TM 26-2-2020
Plaats: HKU Media, Oudenoord 700
Tijd: Opening Friday 7 February, 17.00.

Irene Reece, photo PCS Paris Irene Reece, photo PCS Paris

Photography has evolved considerably since its invention, and education can, without any doubt, be seen as a significant element that has accompanied and shaped this evolution. The way in which photography students and thus emerging photographers are exploring the photography boundaries is a captivating subject, and has inspired the project Blurring the Lines to start four years ago in collaboration with Steve Bisson.

Blurring the Lines aims to select, exhibit and publish projects that are a representation of the rapidly changing field of photography. The past four years, the selected images in the different editions of Blurring the Lines show us different expansions of modes of representation through photography. A change that refers to the digitization and the frontiers of post-production, the contamination between different visual languages, the relationship between the availability of technology and new forms of expression.

The explosion of the medium combined with an endemic proliferation of pervasive social media has encouraged us to reflect on the ethical consequences of the image- making process. The notion of storytelling itself has been redefined, placing the storyteller in a position in which a variety of tools allow the photographer to communicate the same message in different ways. Photography is a generous medium with resources that are not merely physical materials and processes; each process comes with beliefs, practices, and conventions that affect our understanding and ways of production. In Blurring the Lines, these talented participants remind us of the potential of the medium without forgetting that photography can separate what is pointless and irrelevant from what is pertinent and poignant.

Out of 19 participating schools worldwide and 66 projects, curators Steve Bisson
(Urbanautica Institute) and Lisanne van Happen (FOTODOK) made a selection of 22
finalists and 3 winners. Irene Antonia Diane Reece (US), Roberto Vico D’Amico (IT)
and Viktor Naumovski (MK). And the work of the two finalists from the HKU: Jonna
Bruinsma and Frédérique Scholtens.

Due to the opening of this exhibition, HKU and FOTODOK organize an exchange program on Friday the 7th of February especially for students from academies that took part in the Blurring the Lines program. This gives students the opportunity to get to know more about Blurring the Lines, meet participating organizations and take part in an exchange program where they get to know students from other academies.