On the Edges of ParadiseIstanbul, 2005-2006. 65 x 55 cm, Lambda prints, aluminium, framed
For On the Edges of Paradise, Bonvin penetrated various gated communities during repeated visits to Istanbul. These suburban fenced settlements are to be found in large metropolis and offer indeed a subject for photography. Their confinement making them even more visible, the formal repetition of the prefabricated family houses with their stereotyped garden and swimming pool offering a superficial beauty that is hard to resist for one’s gaze. Bonvin has put under scrutiny these artificial cities within the city and produced a significant series of photographs.