Observing, registering, collecting: one can think of various motivations for taking a photograph. The exhibition Souvenir brings together the work of various artists who use the camera in an attempt to preserve particular aspects of everyday reality. To try and capture what would otherwise disappear: an encounter, a time frame, a scent, a fleeting moment. For personal reasons, from a sense of nostalgia for example, sometimes almost compulsively, or simply because it brings pleasure. Although the results are very different from each other, the artists in Souvenir share the human tendency to preserve true experiences or cherished fabrications.
Artist, lecturer and alumna HKU Photography Maite Vanhellemont (1990) put together an exhibition for AG from her own practice and interest. The participating artists range from experienced makers to recently graduated talents. Five of them are (guest) teachers and/or alumni of various study programs at the HKU. Especially for the exhibition, Bas Blaasse wrote an essay.