Marco Breuer

Artist lecture Thursday, April 21, 2016 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., San Francisco, CA 94107
Untitled (C-1310), 2013

Throughout his career, Marco Breuer has consistently challenged conventional idea of photographic image making. He employs photographic techniques without relying on the use of a camera, aperture, or film, utilizing a combination of photogrammic, abrasive, and incisive ways of mark making to create images. Breuer’s photographic explorations include works with chromogenic paper, gelatin silver photograms, cyanotypes, gum bichromate prints, silkscreens, and traditional drawing paper. His abstractions result from a systemic investigation into photographic process. Physical interventions of the material—including folding, sanding, chewing, and heat—create latent images, unexpected colors, and grid-like marks on the surface emulsion. He also leverages unorthodox materials in his work, ranging from using ordinary household objects to firing a shotgun into a box of photographic paper. Breuer’s interrogation of process results in images that evoke a hybridity of photography and drawing. Breuer challenges the foundational notions of what constitutes a photograph, pushing against preconceived limits of the medium to discover new applications of photographic language.

Breuer was born in Landshut, Germany in 1966 and emigrated to New York in 1993. His work has widely exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, with recent solo exhibitions at the de Young Museum and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. He currently lives and works in upstate New York. Breuer is the inaugural recipient of the Larry Sultan Photography Award.

Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.

Larry Sultan Photography Award

Bieke Depoorter, from the series I am about to call it a day, 2010.

Bieke Depoorter

Fall 2018 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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Photographer Bieke Depoorter (b. 1986, Belgium) travels the world to find her subjects, creating extraordinarily intimate photographs that straddle portraiture, documentary, and fiction. The relationships she creates with those she photographs are the key to her work. As Depoorter describes it, “The relationships I establish with my subjects are the foundation of my artistic practice…. The resulting stories are always partially mine, partially theirs.”

In her early work, Depoorter traveled to far-flung locales in Russia, Egypt, and the United States, befriending locals to photograph. She asked her subjects if she could spend the night in their homes, building rapport and trust that eventually allowed her to capture the mundane, routine, ordinary moments of their lives. Depoorter’s first such project, Ou Menya, documented her encounters in the homes of locals in Russia. She completed a similar, long-term project in the United States titled I am about to call it a day.

In As It May Be, a project photographed in Egypt beginning just after the revolution in 2011, she tried to find trust in a time of turmoil and suspicion, in an environment where private life is often shielded. With this project, she also started to question her use of the photographic medium. Conscious of her status as an outsider, she returned to Egypt in 2017 with the first draft of the book, inviting others to write comments directly on the photographs. Contrasting views on country, religion, society, and photography arise among people who would otherwise never engage in a dialogue with one another. In Sete#15 (2015) and the short film Dvalemodus (2017), she began to conceive of her subjects as actors, projecting her own fictional narratives onto her subjects’ factual environments, thereby blurring the line between her world and theirs. In her most recent projects, such as the ongoing project Agata (2017), Depoorter works even more collaboratively with her subjects.

She has published four books, and her work has been shown in the United States and Europe, including Photomuseum The Hague, The Netherlands and an upcoming exhibition at FOMU Antwerp, Belgium. She joined the Magnum agency as a nominee in 2012 and a full member in 2016. She is the recipient of the Magnum Expression award and the Prix levallois, among other accolades.

Depoorter lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.