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Tomas van Houtryve  CatchLight / Pulitzer Fellow. Contributing Artist at Harper's. See my work in major museums, Anastasia Photo gallery & with @VIIPhoto

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War my thoughts are of my great-grandfather Edmond Laureys who was a Lt. Colonel during the war in the Belgian Army. Although outmatched by the size and power of the German Army, tiny Belgium managed to defend a small corner of its territory for the duration of WWI. Between the two wars, Edmond proudly wore his dress uniform and medals to formal events like my grandmother’s wedding. When WWII arrived, the German Army managed to occupy the whole country, and Nazi soldiers were posted inside our family home. Read my travelogue along the Western Front and more about my relatives who served in the war by clicking the LINK IN MY BIO or at @smithsonianmagazine at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-scars-war-wwi-photo-travelogue-180970678/ . @viiphoto @thephotosociety #wwi #firstworldwar #11novembre #11novembre1918

If you’re at #ParisPhoto come see my diptych prints inside stand D02 @baudoin_lebon Gallery. The images from my ‘Lines and Lineage’ project question the missing visual memory of the Far West. @radius.books @catchlight.io @pulitzercenter @viiphoto @thephotosociety #linesandlineage

I'll be giving an artist talk about this “Divided” video installation and how I use philosophy, image making and investigative journalism to upend our perceptions of the #border on ‪Saturday, Oct 20, 1:00 in the Lamy Room at the Drury Plaza Hotel in ‬Santa Fe, NM, as part of #reviewsantafe . The talk is open to the public, but space is limited. The video is the winner of @centersantafe ‘s 2018 Producer’s Choice Award, and is one of three works about the Mexico-U.S. border that I’ll be presenting. The others are “Lines and Lineage” and “Implied Lines.”
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@viiphoto @pulitzercenter @catchlight.io @thephotosociety @harpersmagazine @radius.books #linesandlineage #impliedlines #divided #santafe #santafeart #nmtrue

#Repost @albusluxcontemporary ・・・
A part of @tomasvh Tomas Van Houtryve’s >Blue Sky Days< series will be exhibited at our opening exhibition ~ this Sunday 14th October.
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#albuslux #albusluxcontemporary #albusluxgallery #gallery #opening #exhibition #exhibitionopening #tomasvh #photography #photographer #bw #netherlands #holland #art #blueskydays

Last days to see my Lines and Lineage exhibition in Brooklyn at @photovillenyc . The project about the missing visual history of the West and the #border is supported by @catchlight.io fellowship in partnership with the @pulitzercenter . #Photoville2018 @viiphoto @thephotosociety

Quick morality check required. Listen to your conscience and verify your status. .
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The detail images of immigrant kids being apprehended are by acclaimed photojournalist John Moore @jbmoorephoto #migrantchildren #immigrantchildren #morality #conscience #borders #migration #childrensrights #immigration #recaptcha #imnotarobot #internetart internetart @everydaylafrontera

War or peace? North Korea and the United States are at a key historical moment today. This image is from a #Pyongyang shooting range ten years ago. #NorthKorea #summit #trumpkimsummit @viiphoto

Glass 4x5" collodion negative in the fixer tray of an adobe house built in 1840 by Rafael Gonzales, when the pueblo of Monterey was the capital of Alta California under Mexican rule. Today, it's called the Stevenson House because Scottish author Robert Luis Stevenson stayed here in 1879. #linesandlineage @catchlight.io @pulitzercenter #history #wetplate #collodion

Divided, my latest video installation has won First Place, Producer’s Choice Award from @centersantafe Video link: https://tomasvh.com/2018/05/09/divided-center-award/
Juror’s Statement: “This work took a very simple concept, a border wall between two countries, and visually infused it with all the complexities of the contemporary American debate. The ‘moving picture’ that tells this story, does so in a leisurely way, but clearly one that was thought out and executed with the utmost care and attention to detail. The ‘reveal’, at the end, lingers in your mind. This piece is not overly ambitious, but the artist’s ambition is right-sized to the storytelling and to the ability to tell it with a level of perfection that makes the story of Alta and Baja all the more relevant and impactful to the viewer.” — Keith Jenkins (@keithwj), Director of Visual Journalism, NPR
Artist Statement:
Since Baja and Alta California were divided by the seizure of Mexican land by the United States military in 1848, a political boundary has jutted into the Pacific Ocean. Over the years, the border has been reinforced from an imaginary line to a fence to steel barrier. This single-channel video installation focuses on the timeless repetition of lines of waves as they crash perpendicular into the barrier. The collision of waves is mesmerizing, and we notice unified lines of waves that are divided in two.

This work was supported by a @catchlight.io Fellowship in partnership with the @pulitzercenter
#border #everydaylafrontera @everydaylafrontera

Join me in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area this week as I present "Lines and Lineage," my @catchlight.io Fellowship project on the forgotten history of the Far West before it was seized by the U.S. in 1848. Who were the early inhabitants of the West? What did the original border landscapes look like?

Three upcoming events: • NYC talk at the @magnumfoundation #PhotoEx Symposium on Tuesday, May 1st. I'm scheduled to speak at 10:40am at this all-day event on challenging official histories with photography. Free, but RSVP required here: http://goo.gl/1v8pBJ • San Francisco exhibition opening Thursday, May 3rd at @sfcamerawork starting at 6:00pm: https://tomasvh.com/shows-and-events/lines-and-lineage-sfc-san-francisco/ • Bay Area artist talk at the @palo_alto_photo_forum on May 4th at 7:30pm. Moderated by Sally Katz of @sfmoma Tickets required:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tomas-van-houtryve-lines-and-lineage-tickets-43899133490

Thanks to CatchLight, @harpersmagazine @pulitzercenter and @baudoin_lebon for their support of this work. #LinesandLineage

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