EXHIBITIONS 2022

Momentum of Light

Across the African continent, but especially in the the sub-Saharan region, the light provided by the sun has a particularly stark quality – a fact that becomes apparent in traditional buildings and in the way sunlight shapes the daily routines of their inhabitants. With no artificial light, architecture had to make use of sunlight to create a light source within a building, yet at the same time it had to protect the inhabitants of a house from its intensity. The result is a vernacular architecture that works with very few or small openings. They render the inside of a building nearly pitch black while the outside is illuminated by glaring sunshine.

Photographer Iwan Baan together with internationally renowned Burkinabe architect Francis Kéré set out to capture how the sun’s natural light cycle shapes vernacular architecture in Burkina Faso.

Following the logic of the complementary light conditions in Iwan Baan's photographs, the exhibition presents interior and exterior shots separately in an alternating sequence light and dark rooms.

In the book ‘Momentum of Light’ Iwan Baan’s pictures are accompanied by sketches from Francis Kéré, who grew up in this light environment and whose architecture is inspired by it. All the interior photographs in the book are printed in a special technique to give a sense of being immersed in the very light conditions that are documented.


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Xposure hosts solo exhibition spaces for acclaimed photographers along with group exhibitions for professional institutions. All exhibiting photographers will be present during the festival, enabling you the opportunity to meet and talk to them about their work.