Florian Schwarz — IMAGINE

IMAGINE investigates the issue of statelessness. In collaboration with an NGO, the artist was able to get in contact with people who have no officially recognized nationality. He spoke with them about their everyday lives, their experiences with statelessness, and portrayed them – resulting in an extraordinary symbiosis between image and text, between art and society. Immersing into the lifeworlds of stateless people, IMAGINE shines a light on this many-faceted issue that is hardly considered in public discourse; that, however, at its core addresses fundamental questions about human rights and integration, the quest and longing for a life lived in dignity and self-determination.

Hans van der Meer — Minor Mysteries

Inspired by legendary street photographers Hans van der Meer took off to Budapest in the fall of 1984 and stayed, with interruptions, for a year. Minor Mysteries provides insight into what fascinated Van der Meer as a young, curious outsider in a country that at first sight seemed alienating and distant, but where he quickly found his way. Without a preconceived plan, he let his intuition guide him, wandering the streets like a director collecting scenes for a script. This is how he stumbled upon wonderous, playful, at times tragicomic situations. In retrospect, the series is like a monument to an era in transition. An era that was nearing its end, in a city in the heart of Europe, that looked battered under the weight of history, but with hope for something new.

23 x 22 cm / 176 pp / printed in quad tone / text: Hans van der Meer / 978-90-832251-7-3 / 35 euro

Wytske van Keulen — Stick Holding Branch

Since 2009, Wytske van Keulen continuously visited several individuals in France, The United States and Japan who, for different reasons, chose to set aside our strongly economized and de-spiritualized world. The absence of inhabitants in the depicted living environments of Stick Holding Branch make the significance of the photographs shift from a documentary-like basis to the realm of the image, freed from space and time. Accompanied by an extensive selection of correspondence and fragments of personal notes, Van Keulen’s work shows an intimate portrait of a global community redeemed from society’s demanding expectations.

23 x 26 cm / 152 pages / softcover / full color / EN / edition 750 / 978-90-832251-2-8 / 37,50 euro

Marijn Bax — ANK – Another Kind of Need

This project by Marijn Bax consists of a publication and audio work. All images and sounds are from the garden of Ank van Peski, Heesterlust, in Leidschendam, the Netherlands.
For three years I walked the many paths of this two-hectare garden: a long and narrow stretched piece of land descending thirteen feet into de meadows of the Dutch peat-land area. Here I watched, wondered, observed, photographed and recorded the human hand at work. Step by step I became more aware of the visual, physical and mental interplay of the depth and layers in this enchanting garden and the need of gardening.

33 x 26,4 cm / 100 pages + 8 postcards / isbn: 978-90-832251-8-0

Brian Ulrich — Centurion

The title ‘Centurion’ refers to an urban legend of the 1980s that became a reality in 1999. The legend held that American Express issued, by invitation only, a special charge card to ultra-wealthy individuals, who could use it to purchase anything and everything that they wanted, from private planes to private islands—as long as they did not disclose the existence of the card. The company fielded hundreds of calls from people requesting to be considered for the card. Articles were written claiming that the card truly existed (one such article appeared in the Wall Street Journal in 1988), while others were written debunking the claim. Finally, in 1999, American Express launched the Centurion, an actual charge card program with features and benefits resembling those attributed to the elusive 1980s version.
An artist drawn to exploring the visual landscape of America’s consumption economy, Ulrich has spent the last several years photographing sites and people associated with extreme wealth. The allure of material abundance is among the most powerful forces driving contemporary culture, and it permeates contemporary advertising and popular culture. This, despite the old saw (and solid evidence) that money cannot buy happiness, is the contradiction powering the myth that resulted in the reality of the Centurion.

And working on books with

Samuel James, Ine Lamers,  Bertien van Manen, Hans Wilschut, Bharat Sikha, Diana Scherer, Andres Gonzalez, Liz Orton, Barbara Diener, Taco Hidde Bakker, Anna Kaisa Rastenberger & Iris Sikking, and others.