Hosted by Ilvy Njiokiktjien, this event is a conversation with Belgian photographer Anton Kusters, discussing his approach to photography, long-term projects, and the making and meaning of his Blue Skies Project.
The Blue Skies Project has taken Anton six years to produce, for which he has visited every single former Nazi concentration camp in Europe to make a single polaroid photograph of the blue sky above. His documentation process relies on location coordinates, incorporates numeric data, and closely follows good weather reports showing the days of blue sky above each of the 1,078 identified locations.
The result is a work that addresses the question of collective memory, second-hand witnessing, trauma, systematic injustice and the experience of place, through representations of the Nazi Germany concentration camp system from 1933-1945. The Blue Skies Project features a sound piece by Ruben Samama, and is curated by Monica Allende.
Ilvy talks to Anton about how he approaches his work, his projects, his ever changing relationship to photography, and his close collaborations with fellow artists and professionals.