Unseen Amsterdam 2017
Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents works by: Hans Op de Beeck (BE, 1969), Mohau Modisakeng (SA, 1986), Anouk Kruithof (NL, 1981) and Vytautas Kumža, winner of Best of Graduates Ron Mandos Photo Talent Award 2017 (LT, 1992).
Hans Op de Beeck (BE, 1969) The Room series consists of large black-and-white pictures, in which the artist concentrates on the loss of self, moments in which a person in an interior slips into a state of mental absence. The interiors provide information about the presumed life and social background of the person portrayed, as well as the specific moment and the stage of life that the individual has reached. This series of images in photographic form is closely related to the traditional art of painting. The artificial nature of the setting is never denied in these obviously constructed images.
Mohau Modisakeng (SA, 1986) focuses in his works on how to understand the cultural, political, and social roles as human beings in post-colonial Africa and in particular post-apartheid South Africa. Passage refers to life as a voyage as in Setswana language the experience of life is referred to as a ‘passage’. As such, all human beings are referred to as passengers, a word that highlights the fact that life is fleeting. The theme of life as a journey is visualised in images where we are confronted with a young woman and two men travelling by boat, over sea.
Anouk Kruithof (NL, 1981) Her artworks establish a curious relationship with the tremendous abundance of present-day imagery, a plenitude which seems so natural to us that it remains nearly imperceptible. In this field of tension there are various individual and collective identity blueprints, as well as social, institutional and personal representations which build a political sphere of their own. With her works, she investigates such pictorial procedures, dismantles and disassembles them, takes them apart in order to reconstruct and reassemble them in new ways.
Vytautas Kumža (LT, 1992) recently graduated at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and is this years winner of the Best Of Graduates Photography Award at Galerie Ron Mandos. Kumža is very interested in how images are constructed. His fascination for 1980’s commercial studio photography and the use of different techniques led to this series of artworks. Using only materials in his photographs and no post-production he was able to provoke small accidents which led to surprising results and showing the process, the backstage, of the photograph.