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CA PUBLIC! Lecture by Rob Hornstra

The Sochi Project: Slow Journalism

Rob Hornstra: The Sochi Project

Thursday 9 October 2014, 18.00 – 19.30
The Lucerne School of Art and Design
Baselstrasse 61b, 3006 Lucerne
Language: English
RSVP / Anmeldung

Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have been working together since 2009 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They have returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of “slow journalism,” establishing a solid foundation of research on and engagement with this small yet incredibly complicated place before it finds itself in the glare of international media attention. As Van Bruggen writes, “Never before have the Olympic Games been held in a region that contrasts more strongly with the glamour of the event than Sochi. Just twenty kilometres away is the conflict zone Abkhazia. To the east the Caucasus Mountains stretch into obscure and impoverished republics such as North Ossetia and Chechnya.”
Hornstra’s photographic approach combines the best of documentary storytelling with contemporary portraiture, found photographs, and other visual elements collected over the course of their travels. The highlights and key elements of this extensive effort are brought together for the first time in this volume, designed by Kummer & Herrman, offering alternative perspectives and in-depth reporting on this remarkable region, the site of the most expensive Olympic Games, which sits at the combustible crossroads of war, tourism, and history.

Reviews: Conscientious Photography Magazine and ARTslanT Chicago



Rob Hornstra

Rob Hornstra (born in Borne, the Netherlands, 1975) is a photographer and self-publisher of slow-form documentary work. Since graduating from the Utrecht Art School in 2004, he has worked primarily on his own long-term projects. He has published several of these projects as books. In 2012, he won first prize in the World Press Photo Award competition.
Together with the writer and filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen, in 2009 Hornstra started the Sochi Project. The project culminated in the retrospective book An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus published by Aperture in 2013, and in 2014 an exhibition that toured Europe, America and Canada. In addition to The Sochi Project, he is the founder and former artistic director of the documentary photography organization FOTODOK, Utrecht. Rob Hornstra is represented by Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam/Paris.
Rob Hornstra is visiting lecturer in editorial photography at Camera Arts (2014 – 2015).


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