This July, the programming cluster Art and Architecture
will host in residence the photographers Filip Dujardin and J.H. Engström. These visits occur within the project “Photographic Mission” curated by Pedro Bandeira and Paulo Catrica.
"Photographic Mission" intends a reflection about the territory of Guimarães municipality by the artistic approach of several well known photographers. This approach parts from the geographical distance, the absence of cultural ties, and the differences in sensitiveness, elements which allow specific alternative readings of the territory, opposing the globalization trend.
This “photographic mission” will deal with the theme of architecture and landscape as cultural production, and photography as an instrument for the reflection on territory esthetics. The object of this work is the territory, challenged by the economic conjuncture, triggered by the textile crisis and all its implications.
To shape this Project, several photographers were invited to engage in this territory, such as Guido Guidi, Katalin Deér
, J.H. Engström
and Filip Dujardin
. They will interprete the place following the geographer Álvaro Domingues’ concept of “transgenic landscape”. The output will be an exhibition in 2012, produced by TecMinho
and the School of Architecture
of the University of Minho.
Born in Belgium in 1971, Filip Dujardin has a degree in photography from the Royal Academy of Arts (Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten) in Gent and is Art Historian for the Ghent University. He worked for two years as an assistant of the photographer Carl de Keyzer. Early in 2008 he exhibited at the Bozar in Brussels, following a series of international exhibitions including: Vero, Falso, Verosimile (group exhibition at the Laboratory Casabela); Imaginary Architecture: Photographs of Filip Dujardin” (Chazen Museum of Art, EUA); Ostrale 09 (Internationale Ausstellung für Zeitgenössische Künste, Alemanha). His works, especially the fiction built from fragments of reality, have been widely published in editions of photography and architecture, of which can be highlighted: magazine Casabela (Italy); AB magazine (USA); magazine Scopio (Portugal); and the book “Beyond Architecture Imaginative Buildings and Fictional Cities” (Berlin: Gestalten Verlag Berlin, 2009).
JH Engström was born in Sweden, in 1969. In 1991 he was assistant of the photographer Mario Testino, in Paris, and in 1993, of Anders Petersen, in Stockholm. JH Engström graduated in Photography and Film Department at the University of Gothenburg in 1997. His book “Shelter” (Bokförlaget DN, 1997) was published in the same year.
The book Trying to Dance (Journal, 2004) was selected for the short-list of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2005. It followed the publication of “Haunts” (Steidl, 2006), “CDG / JHE” (Steidl, 2008) and “Back Home From” co-authored with Anders Petersen (Max Ström, 2009). The photographer is currently preparing the “Wells” project, to be published by the prestigious Steidl. JH Engström is represented by the gallery VU (Paris) and the gallery GUN (Stockholm).