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© Kim Zwarts, from series Palais, Artists in Residence in Brussels-Contretype, 2014-2015

These 53 photos are taken from “Palais” (Palace), a series of images created during photographer Kim Zwarts’ stay in Brussels as part of Contretype’s Artists-in-Residence programme.

They are part of a study of the different ways of creating images in a single location, in this case the peristyle of the Brussels Palace of Justice, a semi-open urban space.

The artist worked under self-imposed constraints of time, place and technique. He then went further in attempting to make a wide range of compositions in a limited period.

How can a photographer always use the same space to compose his images? And how can he keep his concentration on his basic consept for so long? He managed it by treating this exercise as a study, with a desire to create something complete, a self-sufficient creation, rather than a mere series of photos.

The 53 photos were taken in 8 photo-shoots between August 2014 and June 2015, with only minor - but essential - changes made to the lighting and the setting afterwards.

“Palais” is a work which allows us to see the peristyle in the context of the constant movement, presence and absence of the people who inhabit it.

Translation: Chris Bourne

Palais portfolio

All the pictures of the portfolio at a glance, here

The exhibition is part of the Artists in Residence in Brussels programme, which Contretype
started in 1997, and which continues in partnership with the Wallonie-Brussels Federation
and the Francophone Community Commission (COCOF).


Part of Summer of Photography 2016, a BOZAR initiative


Kim Zwarts (b. 1955) studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Maastricht. He has worked as photographer on many architecture books, including monographs of Gerrit Th. Rietveld, Thom Mayne/Morphosis, Luis Barragán, Wim Quist, Wiel Arets, Alvar Aalto, Charles Vandenhove and Dom H. van der Laan.

Study grants from the Netherlands Foundation for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture in 1990 and in 1999 enabled him to conduct photographic research. On both occasions he spent a long period in the United States.

Zwarts has realized art commissions for Koninklijke Sphinx bv, Merce des Benz, WML, and Maastricht University. In 2001, real estate company Vesteda acquired the entire research project California 99-00.
Zwarts' work also appeared in Pale Pink (1994), Beyond (1997) and Maastricht 148 (2000).

Exhibitions of his work have been held in, among others, the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, the AA in London, the Netherlands Photomuseum in Rotterdam, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, the Centre Céramique in Maastricht and the Liège Photo Biennale. In 2001 Zwarts designed a facade motif for the glass and concrete walls of the Utrecht University Library. Currently Zwarts is working on the ongoing project US 2009-2016.

Kim Zwarts' work has received national and international recognition in the form of the Kodak Award (1989) and the Werner Mantz Prize (1997).

During 2014 and 2015, he creates a series of images during his stay in Brussels as part of Contretype’s Artists-in-Residence programme. The "Palais" series is revealed in Contretype in 2016.

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