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Juul Hondius is showing at Galerie Akinci a series of photographs he made during his stay in Istanbul last year. Hondius went to Istanbul for an artist-in-residency period at Platform Garanti CAC. In June 2007 this series will also be exhibited at Platform Garanti in Istanbul. The project has been realised with the financial support of the Fonds BKVB in Amsterdam.

These photo works of Juul Hondius approach places in Istanbul by revealing detailed information about locations without showing them. He is referring to classical methods of studio photography. Similar to a film director Hondius composes his sets creating the conditions for the photographic moment. All photographs are taken in the outside space and focus on people on travel. The city is reduced to a background for people who move around in it and whose identity and status are enigmatic.

Juul Hondius’ photographs can be related to documentary photography. The men and women on his photographs seem to be frozen in a ‘moving environment’: they are mostly placed in vehicles. Hondius creates a mise en scène which comes close to reality. But this is one aspect. The most important thing in this photo series forms the dramatic moment. The protagonists of his photographs seem to have fixed their gaze on something they see in a distance or somebody they seem to communicate with. They seem to be confronting a decisive moment.

Recent shows: Huis Marseille in 2002, participation at the Busan Biennial, South Korea in 2004; Oponthoud, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam in 2004; Harmless in Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam in 2004, InSight, Chicago Art Instiute in 2005; Paranoia, Leeds City Art Institute, Leeds in 2006, Maison de la Photographie, Paris in 2006.

In 2007 exhibitions are planned in Platform Garanti Istanbul, Tate Liverpool Museum and in the Institut Néerlandais in Paris.

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