Poster Signing: Gilleam Trapenberg | Currents

Galerie Ron Mandos is happy to invite you to the poster signing of Gilleam Trapenberg’s Currents. You are welcome at the gallery on October 29 from 3:30 PM to collect your poster and get it signed by the artist himself. Especially this Sunday, we are pleased to offer the posters complimentary, as opposed to their regular price of ten euros. If you would love to have this beautiful photo of Amelia at home this is your chance!

Practical information:
Poster Signing Gilleam Trapenberg
Date: 29 October, 2023
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Location: Galerie Ron Mandos, Prinsengracht 282, Amsterdam

We hope to welcome you on this final day of Gilleam Trapenberg’s Currents.

ABOUT Gilleam Trapenberg

Born in 1991 in Willemstad, Curaçao
Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Born and raised in Curaçao, visual artist Gilleam Trapenberg (b. 1991) now lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Orbiting his homeland, his creative projects look closely at the fabric of Curaçao’s social landscape, probing at the island’s many paradoxes. He searches beneath the portrayals and tropes of Caribbean life that dominate (Western) media cycles, using the camera to create necessary counter-images.

Occasionally, though, Trapenberg is himself seduced by the allure of the exported picture- postcard; on European shores, nostalgia and longing take hold, perspectives drift, and memories of home are easily romanticised. For the artist, this experience of a perpetual limbo between two distinct places – connected by the fraught legacies of colonialism, enduring flows of goods and people, or even the mass tourism industry – is a growing focal point of his work.

A graduate of The Hague’s Royal Academy of Art, Trapenberg first moved to the Netherlands at 19 years old. In the years since, his works have been exhibited at institutions such as Foam Photography Museum and Stedelik Museum Amsterdam, whilst his first photobook – Big Papi – was published in 2017. He was the 2020 recipient of Foam’s Florentine Riem Vis grant and is one of five shortlisted artists for the Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023. The shortlisted works will soon be exhibited at London’s National Portrait Gallery.