EXHIBITION; Zift | PORTFOLIO REVIEW | LECTURE
Arjen Zwart ( Alkmaar 1957 ) is a Dutch photographer whose wide-ranging work includes depictions of urban cityscapes , coastal landscapes, portraits and social documentaries.
Zwart’s work has been widely shown in solo and group exhibitions, among dutch masters in photography Koos Breukel, Sanna Sannes and Ata Kando.
His first solo show in Turkey took place in 2006 at the Karsi Sanat Gallery in Istanbul.
In 1986 Zwart visited Istanbul for the first time. The energy of the city, it’s ancient history and people made an indelible impression, but it was until 2001 that he returned to Istanbul. This time to work on a long term project about a gypsy family. Zwart moved to Istanbul in 2008. To understand the city better he started to explore his new environment more intensively. His first seri titled “Genius Loci” made in 2009 depicts dreamlike atmospherical photographs of ordinary places reflecting the city in relation with it’s rich past. His second photo seri which depicts black tarred facades in Istanbul titled “ZIFT”.
Wandering through the neighborhoods of Istanbul, Zwart noticed these hugh black surfaces, their shapes and structures, most times marked with traces of human activities. The works are photographed with a medium format camera. By using color film Zwart explores the colorful world of black facades in all their nuances. Arjen Zwart currently lives and works in Istanbul.
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