Erik Boker
Photography



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Erik Boker is an artist from Los Angeles, (by way of New York, Alabama, and Colorado, et al) currently living and working in The Netherlands. He received his MFA in 2013 from the Academy of Art and Design (AKV) St Joost in The Netherlands. He also holds a BFA in photography and fine art from ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles, and a BA in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University.

His interests lie in the dissonance and coherence between fiction, reality, culture, history, and their functions within photography. Drawn to the subtle absurdist twist or a sense of mischief, he highlights both the remarkable and unremarkable. He is, to quote Duchamp, "interested in ideas, not merely visual products."

Seen here are a smattering of self-initiated, long-term projects, varied commissions, or lone experiments.

Erik's extended world wanderings, collaborations, commissions, and self-initiated projects have earned a number of awards, publications, and exhibitions.

Various group exhibitions have included The Griffin Museum of Photography (Boston), de ServiceGarage (Amsterdam), Eleni Koroneou (Athens), India International Center (New Delhi), photo-eye Gallery (Santa Fe), The Lennox Contemporary (Toronto), Galerie Art Mur (Montreal), Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins), and The Lodz Art Centre (Lodz, Poland).

Select Clients:

E.Baldi, Beverly Hills // Giorgio Baldi // Creating 010, Rotterdam // Coastal Living Magazine // Fox Verre Reizen // Amsterdam Luxury Magazine // Thomas Nelson Press // U.S. National Park Service // Bowtie, Inc. // Esquire Magazine, Russia // World Geographic Magazine, Taiwan // BMW Roundel Magazine

Contact:
e: erik@erikbokerphoto.com
t: +31 (6) 22 98 68 40




Widows of Vrindavan, 2009

This series of photographs is a product of work made in an effort to raise awareness for a project initiated to help Indian widows by an Indian non-profit organization, the Guild of Service, and its progenitor, Dr. Mohini Giri. Dr. Giri has created an ashram for widows in Vrindavan, a holy city believed to be the birthplace of Krishna and a city known to attract widows who have been shunned by society and their families, stripped of their identities and their dignities, and forced onto the streets. Widows traditionally cut off their hair and wear white in a symbolic gesture, essentially waiting to pass on to the next life. The creation of these images is also an evolving exploration into the role of visual art and aesthetics in documentary, in the context of philanthropy, and is intended to reflect the dignity and pride that can be restored and preserved, and the power to affect change.


These photographs represent in part a journey taken from Vancouver, BC to Inuvik, the northernmost town in Eastern Canada accessible without the use of ice roads. In a 1983 VW air-cooled Vanagon named Lola, with compadres Julian and Nacho, we traversed approximately 5,000 km in 2 1/2 months of camping, and we only broke down 17 times.


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