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.

ABOUT Hans Op de Beeck

Hans Op de Beeck was born in 1969 in Turnhout, BE
He lives and works in Brussels, BE

Hans Op de Beeck produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it. He regards man as a being who stages the world around him in a tragi-comic way. Above all, Op de Beeck is keen to stimulate the viewers’ senses, and invite them to really experience the image. He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder and silence.

Over the past twenty years Op de Beeck realised numerous monumental ‘sensorial’ installations, in which he evoked what he describes as ‘visual fictions’: tactile deserted spaces as an empty set for the viewer to walk through or sit down in, sculpted havens for introspection. In many of his films though, in contrast with those depopulated spaces, he prominently depicts anonymous characters.

Hans Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout in 1969. He lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Op de Beeck has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world.


ABOUT Mohau Modisakeng

Born in 1986 in Soweto, South Africa
Lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Material, metaphor and the black body are the tools that Mohau Modisakeng uses to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history that has been ignored in today’s society, on how we understand our cultural, political, and social roles as human beings in post-colonial Africa and in particular post-apartheid South Africa. Represented through film, large-scale photographic prints, installations and performances, his “work doesn’t start off with an attempt to portray violence but it becomes mesmerising because although we might recognise history as our past, the body is indifferent to social changes, so it remembers.”

Born in Soweto, an epicentre of black urbanity and cosmopolitan culture, the multi-award winning Mohau Modisakeng is a product of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. Mentored by Jane Alexander and predominantly working and training in sculpture, he completed his undergraduate degree in 2009 then completed his Masters degree at the same institution. He was awarded the SASOL New Signatures Award for 2011 and has exhibited at Armory Show, New York (2016); Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012); Focus 11 and Basel (2011). In 2013 Modisakeng produced an ambitious new video work in association with Samsung as a special project for the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair. His work is included in public collections such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town and SAATCHI Gallery, London as well as significant private collections such as Zeitz MOCAA.


ABOUT Vytautas Kumža