Sense of Place: Images of European Landscape
14.06. - 16.09. 2012
BOZAR: Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels
Koštrun is taking part in significant group exhibition of European contemporary
Photography organised by Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR in Bruxelles.
central exhibition of the Summer of Photography biennale brings together
around 160 landscape photos by over 40 contemporary European photographers,
including Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, Massimo Vitali, Pedro Cabrita Reis,
and Carl De Keyzer.
Central to the programme is the
exhibition Sense of Place: European
Landscape Photography being held at the Centre for Fine Arts. With
around 160 pieces by 40 European photographers, the
exhibition paints a picture of the diversity
of national and regional landscapes within the European Union. The
exhibition simultaneously focuses on the similarities and differences across Europe, both in the landscapes
and in the attitude of people towards those landscapes. The works are divided
into three main areas within Europe: North,
Central, and South. Curator Liz
Wells, Professor in Photographic Culture at Plymouth University,
selected works by young talents
as well as by internationally renowned photographers. Through their pictures,
they each provide a personal vision of the landscapes of their homeland.
Sense of Place is built around three key themes.
The first of these is the concept of the national landscape,
situated within the wider context of Europe. National and regional
identities arise historically in part from a common relationship within a
region and from the degree of dependence on that place. With its diversity of
climate, agriculture, population density, and natural resources, Europe is
characterized by enormously varied landscapes geologically, agriculturally and
The exhibition explores ways in
which cultural differences persist
despite the political and economic unity that now exists across national
boundaries. The second theme has its roots in the wider debate surrounding the aesthetics of landscape photography
and the concept of “place”.
Places gain significance through the stories that are told about them and
through the manner in which they are represented. How does contemporary
photography contribute to forming perceptions of our environment? The third and
final theme suggests more philosophical
approaches to the relationship between people and nature. Nowadays, many
areas of Europe are highly urbanized, marked by legacies of Western
industrialism and by the office, service and retail centres that characterize
the post-industrial economy. We may have a less immediate relationship to the
natural environment than our predecessors, yet images of nature continue to
affect us spiritually and to influence and inspire our sense of identity,
personally, nationally and regionally.