PHOTOPAPER states they present outstanding photographic work nominated by international experts in the field, so I’m very happy to be nominated by Erik Kessels.
“Annegien van Doorn is one of the biggest talents in Holland at the moment. She has a perfect eye for the ordinary and is able to turn this into the extra-ordinary in her images. Her work has a performative character, which also shows in the installations she makes of her work. In costa mediterranea she explores the (sur)reality of everyday life on a cruise ship, capturing the feeling of alienation she had when she found herself in the middle of the ocean, trapped in a neoclassical décor mixed with cheap looking hotel-like elements and a constant lack of privacy. Sometimes she interfered with reality, but often reality itself was more than enough to create intriguing images. The combination of photography, performance and installation creates a breath of fresh air, which is important in a time where a lot of work starts to look-alike.”
Dutch Masters is a series in which we invite successful Dutch creatives and entrepreneurs. This month, Erik Kessels will join us. We ask every Dutch Master to invite a Dutch Talent. Erik will be accompanied by Annegien van Doorn, who will elaborate on her work as a visual artist.
I’m very excited my work will be part of the exhibition “Fabulous Failures” at the famous Photography Festival in Arles this summer.
The exhibition is curated by Erik Kessels:
“Nowadays most art, design and photography portrays perfection. Contemporary popular culture is drowning under a tidal wave of superficiality and over-perfection. Posed, polished and controlled. As if it were a reflection of our endless search for clarity and calmness and an antidote for the chaos in our lives. Digital techniques has created an abundance of images. We shoot and shoot until we get it right. The imperfect pictures get deleted and the good ones get a filter or a touchup. In our perfection-obsessed culture we shy away from errors and that is, in my humble opinion, a disaster. Luckily failing is something artists and photographers more and more take as a subject for their work. This exhibition shows a large overview of the best fabulous failures found in contemporary art, design and photography, made by a group of artists that like to fight perfection, embrace serendipity and search for fabulous failures.”
More information about the show you can find here.
“The structures of the walls, the wallpaper, the wood and the pavement stumble perfectly over one another. The image has the power of a snapshot, but simultaneously of a very balanced image, because of its perfect composition. It is an image about time, and about preserving a past and how difficult that can be. The wallpaper has been pasted with the best intentions, yet because of usage of the door it starts to peel off. Thanks to this evolution, a new unregistered reality originates, which is more layered than the ‘original’ image of the door. The spontaneous stacking of layers invites reflection about past, future, and everything in between: this new reality lets us dream. It appears that this situation is temporary and that the ‘original’ door will just be hung back. Perhaps a valuable fringe will be smoothed over, but it is a matter of time before the unpredictable takes over again.”