SYLVIE BONNOT &
Amstel / Bridge / Delirium at Capital C, Amsterdam
In dialogue with photography and Capital C
3 Sep – 31 Oct 2021
French artists SYLVIE BONNOT and ZHU HONG (Chinese-born) bring 15 years of artistic experimentation with spaces to their second joint project in Amsterdam. The artists became friends while working in the city for their 2017 show at TMH. At Capital C they start with the building’s architecture and history (past and present) in relation to the Amstel river. Envisioned at times effusively, at times darkly, the theme of water—significant to both—becomes an imaginative bridge for interrogating the many bridges we construct, over rivers, between people, or in our dreams.
Both artists start with photography. But, in the end, photography is brought to a thought-provoking dialogue with itself and spills into other mediums, away from a single art form. The kaleidoscopic exchange of bold, multidimensional artworks invites intimate encounters with each piece. Known for the depths of their oeuvres, both artists are enjoying institutional recognition: Zhu Hong with her 2021-22 solo at the Arts Museum of Nantes; and Sylvie Bonnot with her 2021-22 residency award from L’Observatoire de l’Espace du CNES as well as a rare award, Mention Spéciale du Prix Internationale de l’Art dans l’Espace 2020, from L’Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and her 2019 participation in Mobile/Immobile at the Musée des Archives Nationales, Paris.
Curated by Marsha Plotnitsky, with texts by Plotnitsky and art writer Hubert Besacier.
Sylvie Bonnot (1982, FR) is best known for deconstructing photography in relation to sculpture and drawing. Bonnot’s work is regularly featured in solo and group gallery shows. She is the recipient of a 2021-22 residency award from L’Observatoire de l’Espace du CNES as well as a rare award, Mention Spéciale du Prix Internationale de l’Art dans l’Espace 2020, from L’Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Her recent institutional exhibitions include: Mobile/Immobile, Musée des Archives Nationales, Paris, and Maison de la Photographie, Lille, 2019; Derrière la retenue I, II, III (solo public commissions), Fondation Facim, Savoie, 2018-23; and solo shows at Musée de La Roche-sur-Yon, 2018, Musée des Ursulines, Mâcon, 2016-17, and at Le Quai des Arts, Cugnaux, 2016-17. Bonnot was part of the Making Things Happen: Young Artists in Dialogue cycle at TMH in 2017-18, and was TMH’s artist in focus at Unseen Amsterdam, 2019.
Zhu Hong (1975, FR born CN) moved to France to counterbalance her training in Shanghai. Her solo museum shows included Musée de La Roche-sur-Yon (accompanied by the monograph 3m2 de lumière, published by Lienart Éditions, Paris, 2017) and the Pôle Internationale de la Préhistoire in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, and the Musée Ziem in Martigues. Zhu Hong featured in the Making Things Happen: Young Artists in Dialogue cycle at TMH in 2017-18. Her work continues to receive increased attention, notably including a solo feature at the Art on Paper fair in Brussels, 2019, with SinArts Gallery, NL, and the two-part solo show Les lignes de l’eau [Water Lines] at the Arts Museum of Nantes (Musée d’Arts de Nantes), July 2021 – January 2022. Zhu Hong lives and works in Nantes, FR.