For the exhibition Grass, rocks, wires, curator Andrea Copetti invites Thomas Boivin, Massao Mascaro and Stefan Vanthuyne to engage in a confrontation, or rather a conversation, between their photographic works.
Born in France in 1983, Thomas Boivin graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg. He first worked as an author and editor in alternative comics books and graphic experimentation, and then became a photographer. He published several books – the last one, A Short Story, was self-published in 2016. His work is mainly composed of portraits taken in the north-east of Paris, and in the suburbs. His next book, Belleville, will be published by Stanley/Barker.
Massao Mascaro (Lille 1990) is a photographer who lives and works in Brussels. Massao’s work is always looking for a delicate balance between autobiography, topography and politics. His work often revolves around territory. In Ramo it was his ancestor’s Calabria, in Jardin the mythical space of the garden, found in the streets and parks of Madrid. For his new project What a big river, Massao is working on around the Mediterranean coasts, cradle of many civilisations, using the journey of Ulysses as a loose guideline. For this work, he has received Fondation A Stichting grant. In 2016, he was awarded the Bozar Monography Award with his work Jardin. His first book Jardin will be published in 2019. Massao’s work is part of the Foundation A Stichting’s collection.
Stefan Vanthuyne (Ostend 1978) is a photographer, researcher and writer. He has published four small books: From here into oblivion, Vol.1, Remember the white horses, The hill that wasn’t and Pulsar. He works in his immediate environment, moving around a small or intimate topic. His work often deals with looking back, looking at what has been left behind. He regularly writes about photography and photobooks for De Standaard, amongst others. As a researcher he is affiliated to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, where his main topic is the contemporary Belgian photobook.