To coincide with our new exhibition Beyond Us and Them, the theme of this edition of the Book Club is the meaning of identity in a changing society. For his series Lotus, Belgian photographer Max Pinckers documented the world of Thai transsexuals. The gender crisis that the so-called ‘ladyboys’ face is transformed into a visual metaphor about the identity crisis facing contemporary documentary photography. The documentary photographer who captures reality as the proverbial ‘fly on the wall’ cannot help but influence his subject, says Pinckers. This does not mean that the resulting photograph is a lie. Rather, the photographer, by his very presence, becomes part of the recorded moment. Rob Hornstra will undoubtedly ask Pinckers more about this.
Photographer Sanne De Wilde’s will tell us everything about her fascinating journey to Pingelap, ‘The Island of the Colorblind’. In Pingelap and Pohnpei, islands in Micronesia, an extraordinarily high percentage of the inhabitants suffer from the rare genetic condition achromatopsia or ‘complete color-blindness’. Portraying the mythical island and the achromatopic islanders – who are referred to as ‘blind’ by their fellow Micronesians – resulted in a selection of images that mask their eyes, their face, and empower their ‘vision’, inviting the viewer to enter a dreamful world of colorful possibilities.
Also present is the Iranian photographer Amak Mahmoodian, whose work is on display in Beyond Us and Them. She will talk about her book Shenasnameh, in which she examines uniformity and individuality in Iranian identity documents. Shenasnameh is the name of the Iranian identity card issued at birth. Although the document never expires, the photo on it has to be updated according to government-prescribed standards. These are particularly strict for women, who must wear headscarves covering their hair and no make-up. By bringing a number of these the images together, Mahmoodian shows that diversity can still flourish in the face of conformity.
Over de FOTODOK Boekenclub
Vier keer per jaar deelt fotograaf en fotoboekenliefhebber Rob Hornstra zijn passie voor fotoboeken. Per Boekenclub interviewt Hornstra drie gasten; fotografen, vormgevers en andere (fotografie)professionals,
TIP: Je kunt Amak Mahmoodian spreken over haar boek tijdens Taferelen. Inclusief rondleiding bij de tentoonstelling Voorbij Wij en Zij. Schuif aan om 18:00 uur bij het diner! Combi-ticket 25 euro via deze link .
Join us as well for dinner at our event ‘Taferelen’ at 18:00. Including guided tour through the exhibition!
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