For the 2017 edition of the Obscura Festival of Photography in Penang / Malaysia, I was invited to curate a photobook exhibition, which travelled subsequently to Burma.
The selection of 20 titles was based on a personal perception of last year’s mood on different levels – political, social, emotional – and the reaction corresponding to this perception. This is my curatorial text:
“While our own state of mind is a vibrating string of uniform motion, the political, social, economical and personal changes seem to pass us with lightning speed, going above and through us like an uncontrollable steamroller. The fast and surprising flashing of conflicts make the space around and between us become an unstable place: On the one side, never knowing what will happen next and being prepared for the worst, and on the other side – being forged by the emotions and learning to be guided by basic trust. With these two elements in a state of calm and chaos, there seems to be only one exit: raving madness, or coming home.”
The impressions are from the exhibion in Rangoon, the first photobook exhibition that ever took place in Burma – in Myanmar Deitta, the country’s first and only institute supporting documentary photography, filmmaking and multimedia production.
Photographers and book titles featured in the show
Alexa Vachon, What we do in the light
Andreas Frei, Hab Acht
Anna Block, Water Break Rocks
Anna-Stina Treumund, Lilli, Reed, Frieda, Sabine, Eha, Malle, Alfred, Rein and Mari
Christoph Bangert, War Porn
Çağdaş Erdogan, Control
Emilie Hallard, L.
Goran Bertok, Requiem
Janine Bächle, months together — months apart
Pieter Wisse, I Believe in 88
Ruth Erdt, The Gang
Mathieu Asselin, Monsanto – A Photographic Investigation
Laetitia Donval, Nerves
Laura Hospes, UCP
Olaf Unverzart, Leichtes Gepäck
Miquel Llonch, In the fields of gold
Miron Zownir, The Valley of the Shadow
Richard Robert, Noir Interiors
Shilo Group, Euromaidan
Simone Hoang, Ký úc / Memento
Note from Calin Kruse: In August and September, I had the honour to work in Malaysia and Burma with young photographers from South-East Asia. dienacht Publishing published the book “we will have been young”, showcasing twelve young photographers from eight South-East Asian countries, which developed a body of work related to “Youth” over the past eleven months under the supervision of the tutors Jörg Brüggemann and Tobias Kruse from the Ostkreuz Agency, and with the support of the Goethe Institut in Kuala Lumpur. In Burma, I curated a photobook exhibition and run a photobook workshop. In my posts over the next few weeks, I would like to feature a few portfolios from South-East Asian photographers and show an inside view of my work there.