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about

series

guns

This series is based on an armed robbery at Evert Bongers home.

By experimenting with low-resolution images, he transforms "real" weapons in an abstraction of lines, shapes and colors, in which the original source is still felt.

These abstractions are liberating, the dissolved materials recreate themselves.

Evert Bongers himself calls it a quest for compassion.

C-prints, diasec, 20x42,75 cm, 2016

313

 

Series "313" is inspired by frame 313 of the famous Zapruder film, which shows the fatal shot that killed John F. Kennedy in Dallas on november 22, 1963.

Evert Bongers transformed this iconic and most investigated image ever, in a series of abstract

works, in which he explored the boundaries of digital photography.

His intuitive, creative process and the surprisingly aesthetic results give him a sense of consolation in the awareness that we are mortal.

 

C-prints, diasec, 30,4x23,7 cm, 2015

 
 

hallucinate

 

"Hallucinate" gives us a glimpse into the mind of Evert Bongers.

He investigates an unknown and fascinating world in which reason has no role.

Bongers is searching for a pure, magical, sometimes religious imagination of the subconscious.

The works are largely determined by signs and lines arising from the spontaneous outbreak of what is going on in his mind.

The dancing camera only follows the spiritual "orders".

Wandering in the soul is an inexhaustible source for Evert Bongers.

C-prints, diasec, 80x120 cm, 2015

taboo

 

In "taboo", Evert Bongers used antique bookpages, with its own traces of time and elements as the basis for his inkjet prints.

The prints depict the classic themes: innocence, religion, sexuality and death.

The confronting images disappear in the poetry of the paper and are being transformed into acceptable memories this way.

The influence of antique paper, with its own past, is consoling and makes us think "outside the circle".

 

Unique inkjet prints, framed, 40x50 cm, 2015

 

somniorum

 

"Somniorum" is about the loneliness of childhood.

Children seem to be lost in no man's land and disappear in the poetry of the paper.

Memories fade away.

The influence of antique paper, with its own past, is consoling for Evert Bongers.

 

Unique inkjet prints, framed, 40x50 cm, 2015

 

mona lisa

 

Through intuitive experiments with the Mona Lisa, Evert Bongers tries to understand, to conjure and visualize the mystery of it.

All senses and more are on the edge during this experimental journey, but each appearance enhances the mystery.

It seems like she plays with the eagerness and desire of the photographer.

As if she is glad to escape from Da Vinci's straitjacket, as if she wants to dance on the movements of the camera and entrusts herself

to him.

This palpable intimacy is enchanting and the artist's fascination is finally rewarded.                

 

C-prints, diasec, 77x53 cm, 2012

 

celebration

 

It's 1935 when German children are celebrating the rise of Adolf Hitler and the National-Socialism in the "Hitler in color" film.

Evert Bongers used the low-resolution images of this part of the film for his "celebration" series, in which he innocence visibly transforms into guilt, resulting in a dance of death of Hitler with his holocaust victims.

 

C-prints, dibond, 80x120 cm, 2013

 

nightscapes

 

The series "nightscapes" is a tribute of the artist to the silence and poetry of "les paysages nocturnes".

The softness of the dark, with its deep blue tones, gives ultimate space for imagination.

We do not see what we see, but what we feel.

 

C-prints, diasec, 66,7x50 cm, 2010

 

memento mori

 

With his photoworks in "memento mori", Evert Bongers tries to ward off his fear of death and its

incomprehensibility, by literally halting the process of decay and disappearance, while simultaneously evoking the mysterious atmosphere of the transitional area between life and death.

The direct inspiration for the creation of these works was the terminal desease and the inevitable death of his mother.

 

Unique gelatin silver prints, framed, 40x50 cm, 1992

 

curriculum vitae

 

Evert Bongers (1957 Stein, the Netherlands)

lives and works in Maastricht.

After completing his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, he worked several years as a photographer for art institutions and galleries.

He makes, among others, reports of: Marlene Dumas, Bertrand Lavier, Martin Kippenberger, A.R. Penck, William Wegman, Christian Boltanski and Mimmo Palladino.

Bongers develops more and more as an art photographer, wins prizes and begins to exhibit his work nationally and internationally.

Besides that, he works in the eighties and nineties on projects for Stuyvesant in Cuba, Ballantines whisky in Scotland and Philips

Lighting in the Netherlands.

In recent years, he mainly focuses on art photography.

Evert Bongers signs in 2012 a contract with gallery Photology, resulting in exhibitions, together with: Vic Muniz, Martin Parr, Elisabetta Benassi, Andrea Jemolo, Mario Cresci, Davide Bramante, Matthew Pillsbury and Yasumasa Morimura.

 

education

 

 

 

1976 - 1980 Academy of Fine Arts, Maastricht

 

awards 

 

Finalist Art Takes Soho

Honorable mention The Family of Man

Finalist Art Takes Paris

Honorable mention The Lucie Awards, New York

Nominee Noortman Art Prize, Maastricht

First prize Los Angeles Art Competition

Merit Award Current Works, Kansas City

Finalist Focus International Event, San Francisco

Finalist Ferguson Award, San Francisco

Finalist New York Art Competition

Honorable mention Zagreb Photo Awards 

 

exhibitions 

 

2019 - PCNW, Innovation at the Intersection of Science, Technology and Photography, Seattle

2018 - Art Basel Scope Miami, Miami

2018 - Art Takes Soho, New York City

2017 - PCNW 21st juried (Sandra Phillips, curator emeritus, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) exhibition

2016 - Gallery S&H de Buck, Ghent

2015 - Gallery Géraldine Banier, Paris

2014 - Times Square show, New York City

2013 - Art Takes Paris, Paris

2013 - Gallery Photology, Noto

2012 - Gallery Photology, Milan

2011 - OLV basiliek, Maastricht

2010 - Het Stadslab, Sittard

2008 - De Timmerfabriek, Maastricht

2006 - Art Festival, Maastricht

2005 - Los Angeles Art Fair

2004 - Art festival, Maastricht

2000 - SCP, Kansas City

1999 - De Vishal, Haarlem

1998 - Photo Festival, Naarden

1996 - Theatre, Beek

1995 - Center for Photographic Art, Carmel

1993 - AHA gallery, Maastricht

1992 - Art 54 gallery, New York City

1991 - Museum Den Tempel, Sittard

1990 - Travelling exhibition, Europe

1989 - Close-Up gallery, Antwerp

1988 - International Photo Exhibition, Zagreb

1988 - Art Center Oranjerie, Roermond

1987 - Photo Festival, Amsterdam

1986 - AHA gallery, Maastricht

1985 - Art Center Hanenhof, Geleen

1985 - Trajecta Contemporary Art, Maastricht

1984 - Trajecta Contemporary Art, Maastricht

1983 - Library, Maastricht

1982 - Terborg Castle

1981 - Art Academy gallery, Maastricht

 

collections

 

 

Several private collections, Europe, USA

Dream Line, Maasmechelen

Chamber of Commerce, Maastricht

Euro Graphics Center, Beek

Walram College, Sittard

S.B.K. Zeeland

S.B.K. De Nobelaer

S.B.K. Utrecht

P.B.C. Houten

 

publications

 

Trajecta

Zagreb Photo Awards

Current Works

Art Photography Belgium

Megazine

Exit Magazine

Legal Stuff

Foto

Focus

Best of 2009 Photography Anthology

Financieel Dagblad

Volkskrant

NRC

Metro Greece