LIMITED SIGNED FIRST EDITION
This unique limited edition photo-book is also a novel. It contains 170 pages of text and 170 photographs. Printed uv-press on munken paper. Each copy contains an unique silver-halide photograph and is numbered by hand. This limited first edition will ship 24 sept.
"The despair of Becket"
Margot Dijkgraaf NRC
The exhibition is a story
The central figure in Une Femme is composed of different characters. There is Khiar, a handsome, elderly Lebanese gentleman who lives in Beirut, a city scarred by decades of religious tension. The wars that arose from those tensions do not appear in the exhibition, but we sense the presence of an ‘elephant in the room’. Then there is the photographer, who makes images of traffic lights changing, or of the planters that are found everywhere in Beirut, and who finds beauty in a pile of sand or in the banality of a barber’s sign or a grocer’s shop full of food. “I want to make work about ordinary life. I want subtlety, poetry, the gentleness of the banal. I’ve had enough of the spectacular, of what I did when I was working for the New York Times,” says the photographer to Khiar. He wants to transform ugly memories of war into art, and to go from shocking spectacle to silence. We are given no portraits of either protagonist; their presence is evoked by photographs of their surroundings, the marks on an abandoned drinks glass, a glimpse of someone’s back in a plastic chair, or photos of cats. When Khiar shows that he is not interested in having his picture taken, for the photographer their friendship becomes an obsession; he starts photographing hundreds of objects from Khiar’s house. But are these really Khiar’s things? Is the old gentleman in fact an idée-fixe, a composite, the photographer himself, or some sort of alter ego? “C’est le prix à payer pour avoir vécu sur la misère des autres” (That’s the price you pay for having lived off other people’s misery), says Khiar, after the photographer relates a terrible nightmare. Or do these thoughts actually come from his own mind? Une Femme shows that ‘truth’ is irrelevant. Une Femme is an enigmatic and evocative story with a remarkable dénouement. It is also a beautiful exhibition, in which the present and the past are interwoven in Jeroen Robert Kramer’s poetic photographs of Beirut.
Livre sublime écrit par l'artiste photographe néerlandais Jeroen Robert Kramer qui réside au Liban.
Il y a une sène dans mon épopée favorite "Le Mahabharata" où l'on demande au fils du Dharma (la divinité de l'Ordre de l'Univers) ce qu'est la guerre. Sans hésitation aucune le personnage répond : "Une défaite". Eh oui, la guerre défait les hommes, d'autant plus lorsqu'elle se présente sous sa forme civile (guerre civile!). A la lecture de ce livre, à la lecture des photos qui l'habitent, nous comprenons bien cela.... Livre urgent à lire !
"Manifest of pure beauty"
Arno Haitema Volkskrant
"Kramer and Khiar get under your skin"
J.P. Ekker Parool
"A mysterious tale about Beirut"
Joke de Wolf Trouw