IN CONTEXT AND COLLABORATION
Free work in context
Mainly using an analog medium format camera, free work is my starting point in making images. Also ‘moving photographs’ are slowly becoming a part of my work. My work is shared through exhibitions, for example To pick up a stone, Unmapped and a solo at SPACE PLACE Gallery (RU), and also by making books and (group) publications. Two of my photobooks, titled To pick up a stone (2020) and Anchors (2016), have been taken around the world by publisher The Eriskay Connection are available in their webshop here. My artwork has been sold to and available for collectors, compagnies and individuals and I’ve also made a work for public space, 35 images on a mesh wall of 108 meters, commissioned by city council of Tilburg.
“It’s like a meditation.” – Evgeny Komuhin, SPACE PLACE Gallery, Nizjni Tagil, Ural, Russia.
“Surprisingly quiet exhibition and special book.” – visitor solo exhibition To pick up a stone
Leave it to Claudia den Boer, an innovative photographer with a sense of place, to photograph these “stonescapes” and to work with a talented designer and production team to combine them into 120 fascinating pages in an unconventional and appealing presentation. – Gerhard Clausing, PhotoBook Journal
“Wij zijn een stad van makers. En juist in deze stad en deze omgeving is kunst en cultuur heel belangrijk. Een uniek project zoals dat van Claudia den Boer, over meer dan 100 meter, past daar perfect bij.” – Marcelle Hendrickx, Wethouder Cultuur
I strongly believe in the idea that places have a major influence on our state of mind.
Collaboration & research
Exchanging thoughts and ideas through collaboration is something I value. It broadens perspectives on both sides of a collaboration and deepens the subject at hand. In co-creating with other disciplines I bring my way of looking at the world with themes involving place, space and stillness, into a project.
(Research) projects about the city, urbanism and public space have my interest. Research project and publication Verborgen Stad is an example of this; a multi-disciplinary collaboration where the ribbon structure of the city Tilburg was approached from multiple angles.
“Verrassend (en ook overtuigend) zijn de fotografische essays van Claudia den Boer.” Sjoerd Cusveller, recensie Verborgen Stad, S+RO 1 2011
The stage is also a space that inspires me. In collaborations with performing arts I expand my photography to the space of the scenography of dance pieces. Cataract is an example of this; a collaboration inspired by philosophy and converted into dance and imagery. For this project I made stage- and content specific images. Several showings and after talks to connect with the audience where part of this project.
Project YMOI, a multi disciplinary and multi cultural project for which I was invited to Malaysia, is another example of a collaboration with performing arts. On site I made photo series Silent Witness about Malaysian culture, using themes place, space and stillness to tell the story. The exhibition, dancepiece and a short documentary were part of Butterworth Fringe Festival 2018 to bring attention to and reflection on Malaysia’s cultural identity.
Dialogue is about connecting to one and other and has the power to deepen empathy. It’s one of the reasons I like to collaborate. For me dialogue also means teaching in creative classes or museum, (guest) lectures, workshops and (book) presentations.
“Claudia heeft oog voor haar omgeving en haar open houding tegenover andere kunstenaars in samenwerkingsverbanden maken dat ze een waardevolle ‘speler’ is.” Yvonne van der Velden, curator Willem Twee kunstruimte Den Bosch, projectleider, adviseur Beeldende Kunst.
Photo by Imara Agulo Vidal