1 / 5       Laurence Bonvin, Ulundi, 2012. © Laurence Bonvin.

2 / 5       Laurence Bonvin, Ulundi, 2012. © Laurence Bonvin.

3 / 5       Laurence Bonvin, Ulundi, 2012. © Laurence Bonvin.

4 / 5       Laurence Bonvin, Ulundi, 2012. © Laurence Bonvin.

5 / 5       Laurence Bonvin, Ulundi, 2012. © Laurence Bonvin.
ATTENZIONE per navigare la foto utilizzare cliccare e tenere premuto il tasto del mouse spostandosi verso destra/sinistra (sui dispositivi mobili far scorrere verso destra/sinistra il dito sul display o ruotare il dispositivo dopo aver toccato l'icona della mano con le frecce).

Ulundi, 2012

In 2002 the South African government decided to move the parliament of KwaZulu-Natal from Ulundi to Pietermaritzburg. The protests by the Inkatha party are useless and even less any of the attempts, operated by the Education departments, Social Development and Home Affairs, to occupy the premises left empty. Since then, the imposing architectural complex overlooking the city of Ulundi has remained in a surreal state of neglect. Abandoned furniture and archives can be found almost everywhere. The premises today are used only as temporary facilities or by unknown people who take possession of them in a totally unofficial way.
The exhibition by Laurence Bonvin is brilliantly staged inside a covered car park, a few metres from the centre for the assembly of the moving parts of Rolex watches, which fully renders the atmosphere of abandonment and where giant posters of furniture piled up and abandoned fit perfectly. The formal rigor of the images acts as a counterpoint at the non institutional exhibition venue that overlooks the city from above, creating on the one hand a recall to the position of the places photographed compared to the the city of Ulundi on the other, by implementing the surreal effect that perfectly frames Bonvin's work, generating a total immersion in another aspect of Adaptation. A new, very good reason to visit the Journées Photographiques de Bienne/Bieler Fototage, despite the challenging climb to the old city gate, almost at the top of the hill overlooking the city and where the exhibition is displayed. [ S. I. ]

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by Laurence Bonvin
Le Parking | until September, 20h 2015
(from Wednesday to Friday, 2 pm - 6 pm | Saturday and Sunday, 11,00 am - 6,00 pm)
admission fee: day ticket CHF 20,00/15,00 (for students) | subscription CHF 30,00/20,00 (for students)

published on 2015-08-31 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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