Portscapes_Hans Schabus 'Europahaven, Rotterdam, 17 juni 2009'
Hans Schabus for 'Portscapes', image 'Europahaven, Rotterdam, 17 juni 2009'. Courtesy of the artist.

Hans Schabus’ project for Portscapes is inscribed within his ongoing series of ‘arrival photographs’ featuring the sailing boat Forlorn. The artist produced a new photograph, titled 'Europahaven, Rotterdam, 17 juni 2009' firstly presented on a 5 by 9m roadside billboard on the way to Maasvlakte, and soon after distributed as a free postcard available during a small presentation of Schabus' work at Futureland between July and September 2009. In the new image the sailor navigates towards the huge container terminals of the Port of Rotterdam and a vast cargo ship. Sailing at a point which will become the new entrance to Maasvlakte 2, the simplest of water vehicles and a single man appear in stark contrast to an overwhelmingly modern manifestation of seafaring trade. Despite the speed, scale and efficiency of the port, the image seems to indicate that on a human scale the vastness of maritime space nevertheless remains a vulnerable and mythologically rich territory.

'Portscapes' was commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority with advice from SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space, Amterdam) and is curated by Latitudes | www.lttds.org.

www.portscapes.nl

Making of video: www.youtube.com/user/LatitudesVideos#p/u/3/MLN83vC0fXI

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