Gustavo Ten Hoever was born in Uruguay and attended photography school in Montevideo, Uruguay, before moving to New York in 1986. He currently resides in Paris. After an eye opener experience at the United Nations Earth summit in Rio de Janeiro during the summer of 1992, he started chronicling the indigenous people of the brazilian rainforest, and hold his first photo exhibit, in New York : Full Moon People. Since then, the artist has traveled continuously and exhibited globally, with shows in New York, Geneva, Zurich, Paris, London, Connecticut and Gstaad. His work features in publications, including L'Insensé , I-D Magazine, French Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker.
"The photographic images of Ten Hoever shows his innate ability to discover and capture on film a hidden secret or story within a place he dwells. This gift comes from his patience and openness to experience on a deeper level the people and atmosphere of the places he encounters. The artist approaches the land and its inhabitants with a striking and rare sensitivity, and the resulting images reveal Ten Hoever's spiritual quest to capture the essence of a place, a person, or a moment through compositions, which are distinguished by an unaffected interaction of nature and space, beings and objects. Through his lens, we are offered a view of nature that is at once beautiful and strange.The artist reminds us of the raw beauty of nature and its power to literally and figuratively overwhelm us. Ten Hoever works through a broad range of photographic styles and genre, and his pictures are significantly influenced by literature and poetry. In the end, it is the calm and dreamy nature of his images that affect viewers most”.
Gustavo Ten Hoever Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh Joint exhibition
ARC Fine Art is pleased to announce True South, an exhibition of photographs by Gustavo Ten Hoever. This is the artist's third solo exhibition with the gallery, following El Romantico and La Madreselva in 2012 and 2010 respectively. True South will open on May 6th with an artist's reception from 6 to 8 pm and will be on view until June 15th. Gustavo Ten Hoever was born in Uruguay and attended photography school in Montevideo, Uruguay. He moved to New York in 1986 and is currently based in Paris. After an early and formative expedition to the Brazilian Amazon, he began shooting his first photo exhibit, Full Moon People, chronicling the indigenous people of this region. Since then, the artist has traveled continuously and exhibited globally. His editorial work can be seen in publications around the world, including L'Insensť (cover), I-D Magazine, French Vogue, Wall Street Journal, US Vogue, and The New Yorker. His commercial clients include Hermes, Rei Kawakubo, Persol, Dosa, Editions Gallimard, Orange, Martin Margiela, and Chaumet. Featuring 13 chromogenic prints including one diptych, True South offers a glimpse into the artist's extensive travels. True south, defined as the direction towards the southern end of the axis about which the earth rotates, is more poetically described by the artist as "the direction towards the other side...and the eternity of an instant" as well as a "state of mind." The photographic images in this exhibition evoke Ten Hoever's innate ability to discover and capture on film a hidden secret or story within a place he dwells. This gift comes from his patience and openness to experience on a deeper level the people and atmosphere of the places he encounters. For Ten Hoever, travel is not defined by the destination but rather the journey that he allows to unfold. Whether in Taos, Cartagena, Pueblo Garzon, the Cyclades or Cape de Creus, the artist approaches the land and its inhabitants with a striking sensitivity rare in today's world. The resulting images reveal Ten Hoever's spiritual quest to capture the essence of a place, a person, or a moment through compositions, which are distinguished by an unaffected interaction of nature and space, beings and objects. Through his lens, we are offered a view of nature that is at once beautiful and strange, simple and sublime. In works like Macondo and With Infinite Gratitude, viewers sense the presence of something otherworldly and draw comparisons to the surreal paintings of Dali and Henri Rousseau. In others, like Without seeing you I can not see and Casa Verde, the artist reminds us of the raw beauty of nature and its power to literally and figuratively overwhelm us. Ten Hoever works through a broad range of photographic styles and genre, and his pictures are significantly influenced by literature and poetry. In the end, it is the calm and dreamy nature of his images that affect viewers most.
Los Ranchos Les maisons vides de Gustavo
Ce projet, composé pièce après pièce, de la Provence à Hawaï, en passant par Buenos Aires ou l'Arizona, donne aux visiteurs les clés d'une ville fantôme, faites de cabanes et d'abris « vidés par le temps », précaires et abandonnées.
C'est beau, mystérieux et fascinant. Egalement sa magnifique photo Paz, en très grand format, suspendue dans l'abbatiale, donne à l'abbaye un air solennel et magique.
LOS RANCHOS Video document
Photographies à Ciel Ouvert
Abbaye De L’Epau
Institut deS Beaux Arts
Le Mans, France
PAZ, Photographic installation, Abbaye De L’Epau, Institut des Beaux-Arts
Le Mans, France, 2015
Maison de L’Amerique Latine
L’Insensé, Amérique Latine
4 DÉCEMBRE 2015 - Libération
"Pour 2015, c’est donc l’Amérique Latine qui a les honneurs de la publication dont la couverture en noir et blanc, très chic dans sa simplicité, nous offreun portrait, un regard de jeune fille photographiée par l’uruguayen Gustavo Ten Hoever. Elle donne le ton de la découverte tant il est vrai que l’on n’a que rarement, presque jamais, l’occasion de voir des travaux venant de ce pays.
L’Amérique du sud questionne toujours son identité, entre ses populations originelles, ses métissages, sa diversité. Et elle le fait sans nostalgie, avec une dominante colorée qui permet de valoriser des noirs et blancs minoritaires mais purs pour un ancrage fort dans le présent.
A ranger dans sa bibliothèque avec les rares numéros de revues que l’on conserve précieusement."
Christian Caujolle, Libération
POVERTY PARADISE Reportage- Interview
Flux Laboratory, Geneva, Zurich
POVERTY PARADISE met en scène « L’abri » à travers un ensemble de photographies réalisées lors de ses différents voyages. Illustrant des lieux d'habitations insolites et des paysages inattendus, abstraits ou naturels, elles emmènent celui qui les contemple sur des chemins inempreintés. Tout en réussissant à capturer les éléments frappants des splendeurs de la nature, il parvient à créer un microcosme de beauté et de phénomènes. Ten Hoever offre aux spectateurs des vues mystérieuses et des territoires familiers, à travers des portes ouvertes et fermées, des fenêtres réelles ou imaginaires. POVERTY PARADISE élargit l’expérience visuelle. Elle invite à un voyage photographique en terre inconnue et suggère une liberté insoupçonnée.
Capturant la beauté naturelle et la poésie des lieux et des personnes, la photographie de Ten Hoever se distingue par son interaction sans artifice entre la nature et l'espace, les êtres et les objets. Une quête spirituelle allant à la quintessence des endroits et des visages.
POVERTY PARADIS Exhibition
Flux Laboratory, Geneva, Zurich
EL ROMANTICO Exhibition
ARC Fine Art, NY
" EL ROMANTICO " has been produced with Natacha Weiss of New York and is the artist's second solo exhibition with the gallery.
El Romantico includes approximately 10 chromogenic and silver gelatin prints, ranging from up close details of hyper-realized views of nature to expansive abstracted views of both the natural and man-made worlds. While succeeding in capturing striking elements of nature's splendors, he manages to create a microcosm of beauty and phenomena.
Ten Hoever offers viewers mysterious vistas and familiar territories through both open and closed doors and windows, imagined or real. Ten Hoever's El Romantico presents images that refocus one's view--expanding one's visual experience with the world.
THE MADRASELVA Exhibition
ARC Fine Art, NY
ARC Fine Art is pleased to announce a New York City location for the exhibition of photographs by Gustavo Ten Hoever,
" THE MADRASELVA ", which recently closed in its Fairfield, Connecticut gallery. This exhibition has been produced with Natacha Weiss of New York and is the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery. La Madreselva includes nearly 30 chromogenic and silver gelatin prints, ranging from intimately scaled still lifes of nature and fruit to impressive views of the natural beauty of such diverse places as Hawaii, Uruguay, Brazil and France. While succeeding in capturing a majestic side of nature's splendor, Ten Hoever simultaneously records the beauty found in the daily rhythms of simple life amongst people around the world. The Madreselva is a plant, and literally translated it means "mother forest," but it is also a famous Tango lyric and famous Argentine film produced in the 1930s. For Ten Hoever, the title of this exhibition, La Madreselva, refers to all of those things and more ~ it is meant to convey all that is beautiful in life from the simple to the grand.