Tableau Magazine: Een schitterend gebrek

Tableau Magazine publiceerde onlangs een artikel over Erwin Olaf in gesprek met Arthur Japin en Michiel van Erp. Het artikel gaat over de samenwerking tussen de drie mannen bij het maken van de film Een schitterend gebrek, naar de roman van Arthur Japin. Het gesprek is de eerste keer dat de drie mannen bij elkaar kwamen. De tekst is geschreven door Marjolein Sponselee en is te lezen via onderstaande link.

“Met zā€™n drieeĢˆn zijn ze eigenlijk niet eerder bij elkaar geweest, maar daar merk je niets van. Er is duidelijk een goede chemie in dit trio. Als vanzelf ontstaat een geanimeerd gesprek over het boek, de film, het vak en het leven zelf. Met veel humor en wederzijdse bewondering voor elkaars werk ontvouwt zich een mooie middag met een verrassend einde.”

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ABOUT Erwin Olaf

Erwin Olaf is an internationally exhibiting artist whose diverse practice centers around society’s marginalized individuals, including people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. In 2019 Olaf became a Knight of the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands after 500 works from his oeuvre were added to the collection of the Rijksmuseum. Taco Dibbits, Rijksmuseum director, called Olaf “one of the most important photographers of the final quarter of the 20th century”.

In 2018, Olaf completed a triptych of monumental photographic and filmic tableaux portraying periods of seismic change in major world cities, and the citizens embraced and othered by their urban progress. Like much of his work, it is contextualized by complex race relations, the devastation of economic divisions, and the complications of sexuality. Olaf has maintained an activistic approach to equality throughout his 40-year career after starting out documenting pre-AIDS gay liberation in Amsterdam’s nightlife in the 1980s.

A bold and sometimes controversial approach has earned the artist a number of prestigious collaborations, from Vogue and Louis Vuitton, to the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. He served as the official portrait artist for the Dutch royal family in 2017, and designed the national side of the euro coins for King Willem-Alexander in 2013. He has been awarded the Netherlandsā€™ prestigious Johannes Vermeer Award, as well as Photographer of the Year at the International Color Awards, and Kunstbeeld magazineā€™s Dutch Artist of the Year.

Erwin Olaf has exhibited worldwide, including Centro de Arte ContemporĆ”neo de MĆ”laga, MĆ”laga, Spain; Museu da Imagem e do Som, SĆ£o Paulo, Brazil; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; and Museo de Arte ContemporĆ”neo, Santiago, Chile. In the spring of 2019, Olafā€™s work was the subject of a double exhibition at Kunstmuseum The Hague and The Hague Museum of Photography, as well as a solo exhibition at the Shanghai Center of Photography. In 2021, Erwin Olaf had his first solo exhibition Im Wald at Galerie Ron Mandos and mounted a large survey exhibition at Kunsthalle MĆ¼nchen, Germany.

Olafā€™s work is included in numerous private and public collections, such as the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum, both in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, United States; Art Progressive Collection, United States, and the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia.

Erwin Olaf was born in 1959 in Hilversum, The Netherlands
He lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Visit the artist’s website here.

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