Itinerario / Galerie Caroline O’Breen



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09/09/2017 - 07/10/2017
Galerie Caroline O'Breen


Galerie Caroline O’Breen
Sint Nicolaasstraat 50
1012 NK Amsterdam



‘Each journey is ultimately an inner journey’. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

August 2, 5.30 in the morning, I arrive on the island. Xiamen, also known as Amoy is a medium sized city on the South East Chinese coast. Outside it’s raining cats and dogs and when the sun reappears it will become burning hot with a temperature way over forty degrees Celsius.

I arrive inspired by a long tradition of travelogues and journals, which goes back to the 1600’s when the famous Dutch skipper Bontekoe wrote about his voyages to the South Chinese Sea.

My approach follows the more literary genre of the ‘imaginary travel story’ of which Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is perhaps the most famous.

As a photographer with both a documentary and a poetic body of work I am inspired by Defoe because he made ‘truth seem like fiction, and fiction like truth’. Being a total stranger in China, my ‘imaginary travel story’ is an exploration of reality through intuition and creativity.

The word itinerario comes from the latin, itinerarǐus, it means a sequence of various points on a trajectory, it doesn’t have a minimum or maximum length of time and includes places, stops and accidents that can be found along the route. I am especially interested in the ‘accidents’ along the route. With my analogue camera, using medium format film, I seek the perfect accident, the perfect imperfection in my images. Magical and mysterious. For me, a metaphor for life.

Emilie Hudig (Rotterdam 1973) was born in the Netherlands but grew up in an international community in Brussels, Belgium. Still today she is very much internationally orientated. She was brought up with a strong sense of social engagement which became stronger after her personal medical history. In her work she engages with social issues in a multi layered way, focusing on the intensity and relativity which is expressed through the variation of her work in a broad professional context.

She studied Cultural Anthropology and Media and Culture at Amsterdam University and documentary and portrait photography at the Photo Academy in Amsterdam.

After graduating, Hudig was selected for Reflexions Masterclass; a two- year international photography masterclass, curated by Giorgia Fiorio and Gabriel Bauret with whom she did residencies at several institutions in Basel (Novartis Campus), Paris (MEP), Rome (instituto di desegni), Venice (Fondazione di Venezia), Lugano, Paris (musee d’ethnologic Quaie de Branly.

In 2009 her book ‘Controle / In Control’ about her treatment for ‘Hodgkin’s disease’ (for the second time) was published together with an exhibition in FOAM3h. The book was awarded the prestigious Zilveren Camera, photo story of the year.

Hudig has exhibited in: FOAM3h, Museum van Loon, Les Rencontres d’Arles and Jimei Arles in China. She received multiple grants from the Mondriaan Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts for different projects. In 2016 Hudig received a grant for an artist residency at the Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen. The coming year Hudig has been commissioned by the Amsterdam City Archive to work on her latest project ‘Hidden Green, Hortus Enclosus’ about Amsterdam’s hidden canal gardens.

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