11:00 am describes and shows the weekly appointments between Alfons and photographer Titus Simoens. Alfons is an 81-year-old man who lives in Ghent, close to the house of Simoens. From October 2017 till May 2018 Simoens visited Alfons every week at 11:00 am. He listened to his stories and photographed him during their visits. Alfons decided to cook for Simoens every time he payed him a visit. It became their weekly ritual.
Next to visiting Alfons and making photographs of him, Simoens also questioned his own position as a photographer and documenter; how a project like this proceeds, how a story develops, how the photographer deals with the notion of a ‘story’ and how he portrays its characters. What is objective and what is subjective? When does a story become fictional, even when the approach is documentary?
11:00 am is a multi-layered project that provokes the reader and viewer to question the meaning of a story. It discusses the position of a photographer when creating new work. It considers one’s perception of another one’s life, the continuous projection that people pursue when meeting someone new.
The opening is on Thursday 29 November at 19.00 hrs