Today my attention for the work of Márcio Távora and Nicole Segers. Both reacted on Etude 6, pianissimo. Both with a cafetaria picture. Always something on the wall to fly away, like an airplane in Márcio’s, a mosque in Nicole’s.
Nicole Seger’s work for Piano Etudes is an exceptional work, made during one of her last travels along the new borders of Europe. The earlier project about the borders of Europe, developed and realized in cooperation with writer Irene van der Linde, has been showed in a strong exhibition and published in an excellent book: Het einde van Europa (the end of Europe), published in 2004 by Lemniscaat in Rotterdam. Black & white documentary photography in a classic tradition with a strong personal touch. I see a connection in the work with the French photographer Raymond Depardon, in approach, subjects and humanity.
From the start of our cooperation, half the eighties, when I teached and guided her in a photographic centre in Amsterdam, in one of her first projects, she showed appeal on her poetic and visual talent that has to be discovered and worked out more. So she made a special series on Rutger Koplands poem G., I remember. Together with her too young and too early died friend Tea van Dam, who also studied in this group, they made a first big project Wij vrouwen van het land, about country-women in The Netherlands. Tea van Dam developed her journalistic gifts, she did wrote on my request the history of De Zaak Stavisky (The Stavisky affair), published in 1992 by Spaarnestadfotoarchief, including my essay on this ‘invisible drama’ in the news pictures of the Stavisky affair, in the thirties of last century.
During a stay of one year in Istanbul, Nicole created together with Irene the book: Het veer van Istanbul, ontmoetingen langs de Bosporus (the ferry of Istanbul, encounters along the Bosporus), published by Lemniscaat in 2010.A first large project in colour.
Nicole’s work can be characterized by her completely unique way of imagination of that what should be showed in the context of the space, unsightly sometimes, but by her view withdrawn from the passing and neglecting of life. A cafeteria in a no-ones border place, a street dog on a road in the rain, a woman in the doorway, become special and ordinary exceptional.
Her visual touch is the art of connecting, to put a bound between time and space, to make special full of meaning the accidental moment on an incidental place.
I see her standing in the doorway, an ideal place, her view outside and inside at the same time and thinking a moment: is it here? Do I see it?
It’s all about what’s just behind the surface and has to raise up to become visible, to open itself in front of her disarmament view.
Nicole reacted on Etude 6 with a montage of two images, in which the left image (outside) in black & white and the right image (inside) in colour. In the corner in the mid both images touch each other and become one, just as the walls.
It’s a café in a border area, you have to stop there anyway, it’s bare, touched, cracked, with small tables and chairs, messy smashed at the tiled wall, which can be cleaned after being used in a way you don’t want to think about.
At the walls hang three elements, a framed landscape, a face mirrored and a clock. Space, time and presence. In he outside image the flat spaces from the inner space repeat themselves as shadow, as empty spaces in which life is frozen and smashed out in the equalizing roller of history.
In the picture of Márcio Távora – also working on etude 6 – something comparable happens: while everything in Nicole’s image is directed downward, the same happens in his work directed upwards, as eructation of desire, getting of the ground, an underlined rhythm by neon lights put in motion.
In the story pianissimo: up the roof to get in the silence of reading, to enter a story and to be carried along on the stream of language, another landscape, a future time.
Márcio’s work can be characterized in his eye for detail, for the design of culture, spaces, objects. His book Livro de visitas, published by the Ministério da Cultura in São Paulo in 2013, is one big collection of these kind of pictures.
Márcio is an indefatigable artist, playful as a child but with a subtle layered view, expressing the quality of culture. More and more he developed himself as creator of small movies. Who’s looking on his website, finds the most beautiful short movies, first ones made in small shops, workshops, but slowly in a larger field, like his jewel about table tennis.
Nicole’s work and his work are meeting each other in Piano Etudes, especially in one view in the book Piano Etudes, a page to untie and to frame.