17 April - 22 June 2014
group exhibition with artists: Anouk Kruithof, Elza Jo, Jaap Scheeren, Jan Hoek, Koen Hauser, Melanie Bonajo, Paul Kooiker, Stefan Ruitenbeek, Willem Popelier
The experience of our physical self and the way we present our physicality is a complex hard to unravel. The notion that the ‘Self’ is to a large extent a construct sometimes results in an alienation from one’s own body. Look for instance to the extremities of plastic surgery or body building. The body is objectified, considered to be 'something else’, something that can be molded and altered according to one’s wishes. But there is also a need, perhaps more urgent than ever, to be 'real’, a need to be authentic and unique. So influenced by social interaction and amplified by contemporary media, the representation of the body is trapped between subjectivism and (literary) objectivism.
In the exhibition The Space Between Us nine contemporary Dutch artists, all using photography and occasionally film or video, explore and exploit the meaning, value and representation of the human body. This is done through serious investigation, hilarious visual constructions and moving images. The body can be seen as a pure form, as flesh and blood, posing in the artist’s studio as a classical, formal object of study. At the same time it can be an object of the artist’s penetrating voyeuristic gaze fuelled by latent eroticism (Paul Kooiker). It can also be part of a satirical construct mocking gender and social obligations (Melanie Bonajo). In a hybrid mix of drawings and video we witness the transformation of the artist (Elza Jo) or we see the human body being used as seemingly lifeless material to be used as a piece of sculpture (Koen Hauser).
The artists cast a new and unexpected light on themes and issues that are of the utmost importance: the awareness and protection of our physical selves within a globalised and hugely media-driven society, the representation of the human body as a semantic artifact and the awareness of the human body as a constructing element within the notion of 'Self’. Playful, ironic, visually captivating, utterly divers and multi-layered The Space Between Us is both a showcase for contemporary Dutch photography as an exhibition touching upon fundamental human and social complexities.
The Space Between Us has been made possible by Kleurgamma Amsterdam.
Felix &Foam wordt ondersteund door de BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, Gemeente Amsterdam en de VandenEnde Foundation.