Everything Beautiful is Far Away
While artist and exhibition-maker Jean Bernard Koeman travelled the world to photograph its remoteness, Els Silvrants-Barclay studied Chinese, explored the ends and beginnings of the Silk Road and ended up living and working in Beijing. This makes them accomplices in the search for the ultimate far away forming the roots of this collaborative project.
Everything Beautiful is Far Away critically examines the wanderlust they share with many other writers, artists and researchers and looks into the different landscapes they come across and invade. As an artistic exercise, the role of the artist and the traveller are deliberately mixed up: not only the images produced, but also the mobility behind them, are object of curiosity.
Everything Beautiful is Far Away project:
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Intricately constructed and sharp as a scalpel, 2012 aims to be snapshot of uncertainty, of where desire, and fear, leads the contemporary imagination.