Henri van Noordenburg (1967) was born in The Netherlands and lived in Australia since 1991. He graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2004, with a MA in Visual Arts and Theatre. He is a lecturer in Photography at QUT, works at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, a Board Member of Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP) and is a practicing artist.
He received an Artist in Residence at the Eesti Instituut, Tallinn, Estonia in 2004, resulting in the publication and international touring exhibition titled Home / Kodu 2006 – 2008.
In 2010 Henri produced his first large-scale, etched photographic print. This unique technique marked a significant change in his art practice. Since then he received several arts grants and awards including the Clayton UTZ 2012 and top ten of emerging focus folio Photo LA 13 (Los Angels, USA). His work featured in 22 national and international group shows since 2012 included Photo LA, Head On Photography Festival (Sydney) Berliner Liste and Blooom art fair Koln; and will feature in 5 International shows in 2015 including Photo Contemporary (2015). His work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Queensland Centre for Photography and Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery.
“This latest series water line combines two techniques; the historical photographic images and the etching process. The images from 1940 are of farms destroyed by the Dutch army in an area just north of Amersfoort in The Netherlands, and include farmlands that belonged to my family. The army cleared and flooded the fields to create a large shooting range called ‘Grebbe Linie’ or ‘water line’ against the fast approaching German army.
The etching process is a combination of outlining the existing image, by silhouetting the photographic subject thru erasing the distant plains creating a white background. The other is adding forms and shapes which suggest the continuation of the landscape, drawing on what I imagined the flooded landscape to look like and my memory of the landscape as I saw it years later.”
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Supported by Queensland Centre for Photography since 2004.
Represented by Gallerie Kunst Komplex, Wuppertal Germany.