٠ Reina’s Altered States ٠

© Francisco Reina, from the project Altered States © Francisco Reina, from the project Altered States © Francisco Reina, from the project Altered States © Francisco Reina, from the project Altered States A minimum amount of truth is necessary to justify the communication of any kind of information. To tell the truth is often very difficult and even when a lie is told by omission of certain information can result in an accusation of being guilty of hiding the truth. Additionally, manipulation can be defined as the act of representing something false as real, a negative as positive, a degradation … Continue reading ٠ Reina’s Altered States ٠

┐ roots & fruits #4 – João Varela └

© João Varela, Untitled, from de Toerist © João Varela, Untitled, from de Toerist © João Varela, Untitled, from de Toerist © João Varela, Untitled, from de Toerist “De Toerist came about in November 2010 when I went to study at AKV|St.Joost in Breda, Netherlands. As I arrived there, the weather was really different than the one that I was used to. This was one of the many difficulties that I had among others such as renting a house, language barrier and the adaptation to the classes. With all of these feelings coming to me, I always felt like a … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #4 – João Varela └

┐ Isabella Rozendaal └

© Isabella Rozendaal, Sedated and shaved, ready for castration, from the project On Loving Animals © Isabella Rozendaal, from the Hunting project Irony is part of Isabella’s projects portraying animals, either as objects of love or as desirable preys. Hunters will argue no one loves animals as they do. I find this such an absurd statement I don’t even argue with them. Her images manage to highlight several incongruities in these supposed loving relationships with animals. The ownership seems to liberate a perverse sense of power; the same happens with propriety. Here is no different. For more of Isabella’s words … Continue reading ┐ Isabella Rozendaal └

┐ Wyne Veen └

© Wyne Veen, Modern Art © Wyne Veen, Plant Hair “My central theme is uselessness. I feel that life is ridiculous. The products and arrangements I show are a reflection of investments of time and effort by men. They show the development of our society just like the old 17th century famous Dutch still lives did. But I don’t see this development as something to be proud of, I think it is way over the top. So I criticise it. I often wonder what on earth people are occupied with while there are so many better things to do. I … Continue reading ┐ Wyne Veen └

┐ Luuk Wilmering └

© Luuk Wilmering, Call it by it’s name nr. 1, from the series Birds need shelter, 2011 © Luuk Wilmering, Birdhunters, from the series Birds need shelter, 2011 “Luuk Wilmering‘s latest series, Bird Needs Shelter, was largely created during his work period in the Holsboer studio in the Cité des Arts, Paris, in 2010/2011. Bird Needs Shelter is concerned with the duplicitous character of man‘s dealings with nature. In this four-part series, birds and our relationship with them form the central subject. The series shows how man, through ‗abuse of power‘, causes the extinction of certain species, how birds are … Continue reading ┐ Luuk Wilmering └

┐ Daria Tuminas └

© Daria Tuminas, Untitled, from the series Ivan and the Moon © Daria Tuminas, Untitled, from the series Ivan and the Moon © Daria Tuminas, Untitled, from the series Ivan and the Moon “Ivan is the elder, he is 16. Andrey, nicknamed Moon, is the younger, 14 by now. The two brothers live in a distant village in the northern part of Russia. They are not like regular teenagers, and live in a fairy tale world, yet deeply connected to nature: they go hunting and fishing, can use a joiner’s chisel, play with ghosts at abandoned places, do not want … Continue reading ┐ Daria Tuminas └

┐ Koen Huaser └

© Koen Hauser, Untitled, from the series Kosmoz, 2005 © Koen Hauser, Untitled, from the series Kosmoz, 2005 “Kosmoz deals with notions of autism and auto-symbolisation of the self in the portrait genre. Following the visual aesthetics of early psychiatric research, characters were shaped into their self fulfilling appearance by means of digital two-dimensional sculpting.” More of Koen’s work here Continue reading ┐ Koen Huaser └

║ Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek ║

© Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek , 19. Vagabonds, from the project Exactitudes, Rotterdam 1998 © Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek , 96. Cassettes gang, from the project Exactitudes, London 2008 “Ari Versluis is the photographer behind Exactitudes, a long-running photographic series that documents and classifies everyday individuals in their social contexts. Together with profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek, Ari places a  similar group of individuals in a uniform framework, uniting them in their similar features while celebrating the small differences in their genetics, cultural uniforms and shared histories. A contraction of the words ‘exact’ and ‘attitudes’, Exactitudes is a study in … Continue reading ║ Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek ║

║ Emmeline de Mooij & Melanie Bonajo ║

© Emmeline de Mooij & Melanie Bonajo, Untitled, from the series Bush Compulsion, a Primitive Breakthrough in the Modern Mind, 2008-2009 © Emmeline de Mooij & Melanie Bonajo, Untitled, from the series Bush Compulsion, a Primitive Breakthrough in the Modern Mind, 2008-2009 “Melanie Bonajo and Emmeline de Mooij (1978), who are based in Amsterdam, graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy with diplomas in 2002. Emmeline started creating installations, while Melanie began experimenting with photography. However, both share an approach that is close to performance, often using their bodies in their mises en scène. It would thus be inappropriate to try … Continue reading ║ Emmeline de Mooij & Melanie Bonajo ║

║ Lucia Ganieva ║

© Lucia Ganieva, Untitled, from the series The Factory © Lucia Ganieva, Untitled, from the series The Factory “Factory is a series of photographs taken in a textile factory in the city of Ianovo, some 275 km north east of Moscow. Ianovo was known as ‘the city of brides’, as the majority of the population was made up of women who worked in the textile industry. In the age of the Tsars, the then village was the centre of the industry in Russia, with all kinds of cloth being manufactured in more than 30 plants. These days, however, due mainly … Continue reading ║ Lucia Ganieva ║

║ Gert Jan Kocken ║

© Gert Jan Kocken, from the series AmsterdamHotel Prins Hendrik, On the night of May 12th-13th Chet Baker, under the influence of drugs and alcohol, falls from this hotel window © Gert Jan Kocken, from the series AmsterdamOn june 11 2001 Herman Brood commits suicide by jumping of the roof of the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel To see more of Gert’s work click here Continue reading ║ Gert Jan Kocken ║

║Astrid Kruse Jensen ║

© Astrid Kruse Jensen, Green Street, from the series Imaginary Realities © Astrid Kruse Jensen, Kasse, from the series Imaginary Realities “By focussing on its less familiar aspects the space suddenly becomes alien. The elements we usually use to find our bearings are either hidden or distorted in the ‘artificial’ light. One of the results is that the viewer can begin to doubt the scale and dimensions of the image, as in Kasse and an image like Train Stop when seen just after Miniature World. Are we in a miniature model universe or the real world? Kruse Jensen’s photographs thus … Continue reading ║Astrid Kruse Jensen ║

║ Rob Hornstra ║

© Rob Hornstra, Untitled #15, from the series 101 Billionaires, 2008 © Rob Hornstra, Untitled #13, from the series 101 Billionaires, 2008 © Rob Hornstra, Untitled #7, from the series 101 Billionaires, 2008 “Under Vladimir Putin’s rule, Russia has reclaimed its position among the superpowers of the world in the past eight years, the economic recession and the tumultuous nineties seemingly all but forgotten. Thanks to the country’s huge abundance of raw materials such oil and natural gas, the Russian economy is flourishing as never before. After a mere 18 years of capitalism, the January 2008 issue of Finans Magazine … Continue reading ║ Rob Hornstra ║

║ Levi van Veluw ║

© Levi van Veluw, Landscape I, from the series Landscapes © Levi van Veluw, Gravel, from the series Material Transfers Levi van Veluw´s photo series are all self-portraits, drawn and photographed by himself: a one-man-process. His works constitute elemental transfers – modifying the face as object – combining it with other stylistic elements to create a third visual object with a large visual impact. The work you see therefore is not a portrait, but an information-rich image of colour, form, texture, and content. The image contains the history of a short creative process, with the artist shifting between the entities … Continue reading ║ Levi van Veluw ║

║ Risk Hazekamp ║

© Risk Hazekamp, Under Influence/Catherine Opie, from the series Under Influence, 2007 © Risk Hazekamp, Superman, from the series Straight from Berlin, 2007 “This tension between the biological and the social -or even aesthetic- is echoed in other new works such as “Superman”. The eponymous logo stencilled onto a female chest mainlines its point about our individual body in contrast to what we feel about it or how we might actually want to look. And, interestingly for Hazekamp’s artistic development, together with the other works in the new series, it does so with a more gritty, faux documentary style that … Continue reading ║ Risk Hazekamp ║

║ Martin Luijendijk ║

© Martin Luijendijk, Crematieoven, from the series Edges of the city, 2005 © Martin Luijendijk, Couveuse, from the series Edges of the city, 2005 © Martin Luijendijk, Sexclub, from the series Edges of the city, 2005 “The basic idea is the entire coexistence of the city, the human society. The attention is focused on the metaphorical edges and borders of the complex society, in as many respects as possible: social, cultural, economic, religious, sexual, accommodating, mental, physical, scientific, recreational, sportive.The series consists of neutral photos of spaces from which man seems to have temporarily withdrawn. What kind of people do … Continue reading ║ Martin Luijendijk ║

║ Melanie Bonajo ║

© Melanie Bonajo, Waiting for something beautiful to happen, 2002 © Melanie Bonajo, Are all cliches true o3, 2007 “My ideas are jingles in my head, they come to me. To be able to make a song i have to give stucture to the melodies, like i have to put the thoughts and idea’s into matter to be able to impart the information and touch someone like it touched me first.My work is an irregular impulse of experiences and aesthetic enjoyments stemming from the questions I have and the things that I know. I am not interested in a particular … Continue reading ║ Melanie Bonajo ║

║ Anouk Kruithof & Jaap Scheeren ║

© Anouk Kruithof and Jaap Scheeren, Untitled from the series The Black Hole, 2004-2006 © Anouk Kruithof and Jaap Scheeren, Untitled from the series The Black Hole, 2004-2006 “My most important and primarily finished project after graduation Bachelor Art studies is the extensive photography project “The Black Hole”.I worked on this in cooperation with Jaap Scheeren from the beginning of 2004 until halfway 2006. “The Black Hole” is an associative pictorial essay, within which the extremely intangible subject “the black hole” is enlightened from very varying perspectives.Several figurative and literal meanings of the black hole, as e.g. depression, the universe, … Continue reading ║ Anouk Kruithof & Jaap Scheeren ║