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The Construction of an Image

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Lecture by Bas Princen in conjunction with 17 Volcanoes

Thursday, March 9th at 6:00pm
Princeton University School of Architecture
Room N107

Bas Princen, who recently opened Breuer Revisited at the Met Breuer, is an artist and photographer living and working in Rotterdam and recently, Zurich. Educated as an industrial designer at the Design Academy Eindhoven and later studying architecture at the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, he has since turned to photography, to focus on such issues as the urban landscape in transformation, researching the various forms, outcomes and imaginaries of changing urban space. His most recent publication, the Construction of the Image (Bedford Press, 2016) from which this talk takes its name, explores the meticulous process and decision that constitute his images through the exploration of a single photograph, the Ringroad, Houston.
Other recent exhibitions include: Constructing Worlds, Barbican Art Gallery, London (2014); 'Room of Peace’ in ‘Monditalia’,14th Venice Biennale (2014); Reservoir, deSingel Antwerp (2011); Five Cities, Depo, Istanbul (2010); Refuge, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York (2010); Invisible Frontier, AUT, Innsbruck (2008); Nature as Artifice, Kroller Muller Museum, Otterloo and Aperture Foundation, New York (2009); Spectacular City, Nai, Rotterdam (2006); The Venice Architecture Biennale (2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012). His publications include: Artificial Arcadia (010 Publishers, 2004); Rotterdam (Witte de With, 2007); Galleria Naturale (Linea di Confine, Rubierra 2008); Five Cities Portfolio (SUN Publishers, 2009) and Reservoir (Hatje Cantz, 2011).
In 2004 Bas Princen won the Charlotte Kohler Prize for promising young artists and architects in the Netherlands. At the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale he was awarded the silver lion for his collaborative work with Office Kersten Geers David van Severen.