Monthly Archive for May, 2011

May 2011: Selected for the Photographers Network 2011

photographers:network selection 2011

Thomas Kellner reviewed together with his supporting Jury (Thomas Gerwers, PROFIFOTO, Manfred Zollner, fotomagazin, Christoph Tannert, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and Helga Oberkalkofen, Art Galerie Siegen) all entries.

I also received the Portfolio Award. Which means I will be featured in the June issue of Fotomagazin out of Germany.

A solo show is given to ferit Kuyas at Art Galerie Siegen, opening Sunday June 26.

photographers:network selection 2011 presents works by: Tatyana Bessmertnaya, United States of America, Max de Esteban, Spain, Luis Delgado Qualtrough, United States of America, Marie Docher, France, Odette England, United Kingdom, Lorena Guillen Vaschetti, Argentina, Jenny Gummersal, United States of America, Laura Heyman, United States of America, Thomas Kleynen Germany, Ferit Kuyas, Switzerland, Monika Merva, Brooklyn, United States of America, Inger Lise Rasmussen, Denmark, Ellen Rennard, United States of America, Jutta Schmidt, Germany, Karen M. Strom United States of America, Michael Wagener, Germany, Donna J. Wan, United States of America, Ewa Monika Zebrowski, Canada.

photographers:network selection 2011
June 25th – July 3rd 2011
studio Thomas Kellner
Friedrichstrasse 42
57072 Siegen
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May 5, 2011 Opening Reception and Book Signing of The City of Children at ClampArt

M O N I K A M E R V A
T H E C I T Y O F C H I L D R E N
May 5 – June11, 2011
Opening reception:
Thursday, May 5, 2011
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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ClampArt is pleased to announce “The City of Children,” an exhibition of photographs by Monika Merva—
the artist’s first solo show at the gallery. The exhibition coincides with the release of the monograph of the
same title from Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg—Berlin (Hardcover, 112 pp., $45).

The City of Children, or more formally Gyermekközont, is a rundown palace in Hungary that was seized by the
government and transformed into a housing facility for children seeking help away from their dysfunctional
and poverty-stricken families. More simply, it is an orphanage of sorts.

Photographer, Monika Merva, who is of Hungarian descent and speaks the language, visited the City of Children
on many occasions over a number of years since 2002, often spending time with the same children again and again.

Curator, Anne Wilkes Tucker, writes: “Children generally know whom to trust, especially those who’ve
experienced hardships. Monika Merva brought empathy and compassion as well as skill to this project
and we can feel it in the children’s responses. They allowed her into their private spaces and she’s
honored their trust with vivid, memorable portraits.”

Shot with a medium format camera, unposed, and in natural light, Merva’s photographs are refreshingly
empathetic and sensitive. The artist comments: “I believe home is where our strength lies. It’s the source
of everything— where all our fears, questions, love, and a sense of belonging originate.”

Merva’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris;
Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecsemet; Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts; and the Museum
of Fine Arts, Houston.

For more information and images please contact Brian Paul Clamp, Director, or see www.clampart.com.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.