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In Conversation: Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen on The Sochi Project

Friday, May 30

7:30 pm

UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art 322 Union Avenue Brooklyn, NY


Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have been working together since 2009 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia—site of the 2014 Winter Olympics and glamorous Russian Riviera resort on the doorstep of conflict zones Abkhazia, North Ossetia, Georgia, and Chechnya. They have returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of “slow journalism,” establishing a solid foundation of research on and engagement with this small yet incredibly complicated place before it found itself in the glare of international media attention.

Hornstra’s photographic approach combines the best of documentary storytelling with contemporary portraiture, found photographs, and other visual elements collected over the course of their travels. Since the beginning of their collaboration, The Sochi Project has been released via installments, in book form and online, each focusing on a particular facet of the story, the geography, the people, and their history. In 2013, Aperture Foundation published Hornstra and van Bruggen’s book The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus.

Join Hornstra and van Bruggen as they offer an alternative perspective and in-depth reporting on this remarkable region that sits at the combustible crossroads of war, tourism, and history.

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Rob Hornstra (born in Borne, the Netherlands, 1975) is a photographer and self-publisher of slow-form documentary work. In addition to his work on The Sochi Project, he is also the founder and former artistic director of FOTODOK, Utrecht, the Netherlands. Hornstra is represented by Flatland Gallery, Utrecht.

Arnold van Bruggen is a writer and filmmaker. He is the founder of the journalistic production agency Prospektor and a cofounder, with Hornstra, of The Sochi Project.

The Sochi Project is made possible, in part, with generous support from the Mondriaan Fund and the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. Aperture’s exhibitions receive support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and additional public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


In Conversation: Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen on The Sochi Project