Please join us for a talk with Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen, who present their four-year work on The Sochi Project.
The Sochi Project
Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land is part of The Sochi Project, started by Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Burggen in 2009. Over the course of five years, their aim is to map out the extensive region around the Russian resort of Sochi, where the Olympic Winter Games will be held in 2014. The Games are being organised in Russia’s most unstable region, the Caucasus. Under the slogan ‘slow journalism’, Hornstra and van Bruggen request donations from the public to crowd fund the project, whose scale and length is financially unviable for the mass media. www.thesochiproject.org
About Rob Hornstra
Hornstra (b.1975) is a documentary photographer who has worked predominantly on long-term projects. He has self-published seven books - Communism & Cowgirls (2004), Roots of the Rúntur (2006), 101 Billionaires (2008), On the Other Side of the Mountains (2010), Empty Land / Promised Land / Forbidden Land (2010), Safety First (2011) and Sochi Singers (2011). Despite increasing print runs with each self-publication, each has sold out ever faster than the previous. He has been commissioned by international magazines to produce documentary series and has also taken part in numerous exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad. Hornstra has been the recipient of eight grants over the past six years which has allowed him to publish books and also continue working on personal projects. Hornstra is represented by Flatland Gallery in the Netherlands and Institute for Artist Management.
About Arnold van Bruggen
Van Bruggen (b.1979) is a writer and filmmaker. With his journalistic production agency Prospektor he has written and filmed numerous stories. In 2001 he published his first major reportage about the presidential elections in Iran. In 2004, his first film ‘Amsterdam-Kosovo’, about the dilemmas of humanitarian aid, was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Over the last few years van Bruggen has travelled to many corners of the earth, particularly Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Arnold believes in the power of a well-told story to connect people with worlds they don’t know themselves. His articles reflect his personal engagement in and love for the tragic absurdity of the documentary stories he undertakes.
Empty Land, Promised Land, Forbidden Land will be exhibited at Foto8 Gallery from 15 March - 5 April 2012.
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