Short Cuts 14 presents 4 new photobooks. It starts with Turunç (Bitter Orange) and ends in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.
(1) Solène Şahmaran Gün: Turunç (Selfpublished, 2020)
The project Turunç (Bitter Orange) is an exploration of the daily lives of young men with a Turkish background in the suburbs of Paris and Berlin. Solène Gün, herself a child of Turkish immigrants, focuses on the environment of these boys.
Solène Gün studied photography at ECAL (CH). In 2018 she received the Photoforum Prize 2018 and the Swiss Design Awards 2019 for her graduation project Turunç. The series was also shortlisted for the MACK First Book Award in 2019.
Solène Gün lives and works in Bienne (CH).
Video: Foam 3h: Solène Gün – Turunç (Youtube)
(2) Yusuke Yamatani: Doors (Gallery Yamatani, 2020)
The photo book Doors is centered around a document of the European tour of photographer Yusuke Yamatani’s self portrait work Doors, which combines photography with drum performance. In this finalized version the book presents itself as one possible solution of photographic expression that diverges from performance. In the performance, several cameras surround Yamatani and his drum set, and as the sensors pick up on the vibrations of the hit drums, the cameras trigger intense flashes of strobe lights, capturing Yamatani himself.
Video of the Performance: Yusuke Yamatani “The Doors” Apr 15, 2018 Kyoto ギャラリー山谷 (Youtube)
(3) Rob Hornstra; Arnold van Bruggen: The Former Capital (The Europeans / Kaunas Photography Gallery, 2020)
The Former Capital is the first regional publication of The Europeans, the new multi-year project by Arnold van Bruggen and Rob Hornstra.The Europeans is a collaborative project between writer and filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen, photographer Rob Hornstra and design agency Kummer & Herrman. Previously they worked together on The Sochi Project between 2009 and 2014.
The Europeans is a portrait of modern Europe. Travelling from region to region and from theme to theme in this multi-year project, photographer Rob Hornstra and writer and filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen will create a 21st-century timepiece on the European Heartland. Hornstra and van Bruggen see Europe on the eve of drastic change. Populism and authoritarianism are on the rise, ghosts from the past seem to return.
Rob Hornstra (born in Borne, the Netherlands, 1975) is a photographer and self-publisher of slow-form documentary work. Arnold Van Bruggen (born in Texel, the Netherlands, 1979) is a writer and filmmaker.
Virtual exhibition: https://www.artsteps.com/view/5e81f24eb733f3186e8fb567 (Artsteps)
(4) Misha Vallejo: Secreto Sarayaku (Editorial RM, 2020)
Secreto Sarayaku is a visual investigation of the everyday lives of the Original Kichwa People of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Misha Vallejo was born in 1985 in Riobamba, Ecuador. He is a photographer whose work lies between documentary and art photography. In 2014 he completed his MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and in 2010 he finished the St. Petersburg Faculty of Photojournalism in Russia.
He works as a freelance photographer and videographer since 2010 and is a member of the photography collective Runa Photos since 2012.
Project: https://secretsarayaku.net/ (highly recommended!)
The narrative of this work reinterprets the ancestral philosophy of the Kawsak Sacha (Living Forest) which claims that everything in the forest is alive, possessed of a spirit, and interconnected. Whatever affects one being will affect them all, and because of this, the Sarayaku take nothing more than what they really need from the jungle.
Protecting their home is crucial for human survival, and this is accomplished partly with the assistance of the mythological Sacha Runakuna (Protective Beings) of the forest, and partly by using Western technology such as the Internet to spread their message of jungle conservation.