Join us on YouTube for the international premiere of this documentary on amateur football filmed in Bradford by Dutch photographer Hans van der Meer. Launched as a gesture to people in (semi) lockdown across Europe and beyond, your invited pundits for the evening include artists Julie Henry and Julian Germain, and curator Greg Hobson.
No amateur football, no professional football, no Champions League, no UEFA Euro 2020. For over a century, football has brought people together. Now, ‘the most important side issue in life’ has come to a grinding halt. In the current climate of social-distancing, Impressions Gallery is proud to be the official UK partner for European Fields Unlocked, a series of five films by Hans van der Meer produced by Paradox, Netherlands. Hans van der Meer came to Bradford in 2004 to 2005, invited by Greg Hobson, Curator of Photography at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, to photograph non-professional football as part of his project European Fields. In addition to making photographs that featured in the resulting book and touring exhibition, Hans van der Meer made a series of ‘video observations’, including a 25 minute documentary about Bradford that has never been been broadcast – until now.
While the film its being streamed, you can enjoy the simultaneous text commentary by our invited artists and curators, and join in the conversation yourself. All you need to do is head to YouTube and add your comments using the chat function. We hope you can join us!
Release dates of all five films (watch at http://live.paradox.nl):
May 8: Vlaamse Velden
May 15: Calciatori della domenica
May 22: Saturday Afternoon, Sunday Morning
May 29: Campo de futebol
June 5: Foot Provençal
European Fields Unlocked is part of X25 celebrating the 25th anniversary of Paradox, the Netherlands-based producer of documentary projects in photography. Impressions Gallery is the UK official partner for the premiere of Saturday Afternoon, Sunday Morning.
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Hans van der Meer
Hans van der Meer (b. 1955) studied photography at MTS in The Hague, followed by a residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He is probably best known for his series on amateur football, Dutch Fields (1998) and European Fields (2006, published by Steidl/MACK). In 2009, Camera Austria hosted a retrospective of his work.
Through photography, film and writing Van der Meer examines the world around him. For example, his images of amateur football are also an exploration of human nature within the landscape. In The Netherlands – Off the shelf (2012) he wryly observes the increasingly homogenous built environment of provincial Dutch towns. With his latest project, Time to Change Van der Meer shows us the remarkable world of dairy farming. Hans van der Meer is based in Amsterdam and teaches at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
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