Eva Gravayat

Bereits als Jugendliche ist Eva Gravayat (*1985 in Paris) von der Macht der Bilder fasziniert und beginnt, Fotografien aus Zeitschriften zu sammeln. Sie lernt mit einer analogen Kamera umzugehen und selbst Bilder zu entwickeln. Im Rahmen ihrem Studiums an der Sorbonne absolviert sie Praktika bei verschiedenen Festivals und Museen für Fotografie. Nach dem M.A. in Kulturmanagement stellt sie das internationale Fotofestival Rencontres d’Arles als Produktionsmanagerin von Ausstellungen an. Von 2007 bis 2011 arbeitet sie, gemeinsam mit einem begeisterten Team und unter der Leitung des künstlerischen Direktors François Hébel, mit Künstlern, Kuratoren und Verlegern aus der ganzen Welt zusammen. Im Januar 2012 zieht sie nach Berlin, wo sie als freie Journalistin und Projektmanagerin tätig ist. Im Online-Magazin L’Oeil de la Photographie schreibt sie wöchentlich über Fotobücher, Ausstellungen und Auktionen in Berlin. Derzeit organisiert sie für folgende Institutionen Projekte, die sich mit Fotografie in Deutschland beschäftigen: photomarketing.de, Collection Regard, Fotobookfestival Kassel…

Eva Gravayat, born in 1985 in Paris, is fascinated by the power of image since she begun to collect pictures in magazines and also learnt how to use an analog camera and to print photographs during her adolescence. In the time of her studies at the Sorbonne university she did several internships in festivals and museums for photography in Europe. After graduating a Master in culture management she was hired as exhibitions’ producer for the Rencontres d’Arles international photography festival. From 2007 to 2011 she worked with artists, curators and publishers from all over the world and with a passionated team under the direction of the art director François Hébel. She moved to Berlin in January 2012 where she now lives and works free-lance as journalist and projects manager. She writes articles on a weekly basis about photo books, exhibitions and auctions in Berlin for the online magazine L’OEil de la Photographie and she is managing projects for several international institutions dedicated to photography in Germany, currently: photomarketing.de, Collection Regard, Fotobookfestival Kassel…

EXIT GHOST by Kai Bornhöft

A cover made of real concrete is already a strong start in the discovery of a photo book. The viewer gets first immutable feelings by seeing and touching the material. It’s then step by step that the viewer will grasp Exit Ghost.

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Inside the object are printed the images -analog black and white photograph- full page. They are slowly revealing the subject of the photo series. Each image tells page after page a bit more about the situation described by the photographer and about his relationship to the visited place.

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White walls, dark windows and grey shadows are composing the set for human silhouettes and giant palm trees. The strong contrast of the sunlight reveals the heat. People seem to work outside at noon despite the climat. Where is this? If you would like to get a confirmation please see the colophon: « Photographed in Dubai (UAE) between 2006 and 2009 ».

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Kai Bornhöft travelled several times during three years to Dubai. In all his films he selected 23 photographs to compose the series Exit Ghost. These images are neither proofs nor documents ; they are surviving stones from Dubai. The photographs are symbolic remaining fragments chosen by the artist after encountering a model of life which « doesn’t allow for questions about life by the inhabitant » as he says.

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All pictures © Kai Bornhöft

The book Exit Ghost by Kai Bornhöft deals with the subject in a very acurate and exact form. A rare object. It has been published in 2014 by Langhans, a foundation for the archive of Jan Langhans and a gallery for contemporary photography based in Prague. The gallery unfortunately stopped organizing exhibitions in 2011 after eight years but Langhans has now started publishing artist books. Great one!

« Exit Ghost », Kai Bornhöft
PRO Langhans, Prague, 2014
Hardcover with concrete mounted surfaces
48 pages, Tritone, 19 x 26 cm
Edition of 500, 35 Euro


+ Thank you Maria-do-Mar Rêgo, Thorsten Kirchhoff and Kai Bornhöft +