Photography is a medium that is used by millions of people every day to record their memories. With Memory Lane FOTODOK presents an exhibition about how photographers use their personal experiences to make new work. More specific Memory Lane is about how how to deal with major – both positive and negative – events in your life; about the choice of whether and how to capture them, deal with them, for later.
FOTODOK presents the double exhibition Memory Lane with the series Dog Days, Bogotá, by internationally renowned Magnum photographer Alec Soth, and the collaborative project Intensive Care, by the Dutch photographer Andrea Stultiens and writer/poet Vrouwkje Tuinman.
Alec Soth about Dog Days Bogotá
“My wife and I adopted our baby girl, Carmen Laura, from Bogotá, Colombia. While the courts processed her paperwork, we spent two months in Bogotá waiting to take Carmen home.
Carmen’s birthmother gave her a book filled with letters, pictures and poems. “I hope that the hardness of the world will not hurt your sensitivity,” she wrote, “When I think about you I hope that your life is full of beautiful things.”
With those words as a mission statement, I began making my own book for Carmen. In photographing the city of her birth, I hope I’ve described some of the beauty in this hard place.”
Andrea Stultiens & Vrouwkje Tuinman – Intensive Care
‘The monitor faded,
the lines cut loose.
Grey first, then white.’
On the morning of New Year’s Eve 2008 two young people met with an accident. The next week, they were buried. Since then, they have been missed. In both images and words, Intensive Care shows the inconceivable and unexpected aspects surrounding a sudden death. Photographer Andrea Stultiens recorded the hospital, funeral home and the burials. Poet Vrouwkje Tuinman writes about mourning and remembrance. The images and texts share their unsentimental, day-to-day view of death and everything it brings about.