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A group show by the Photography Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.
With works by: Aino Lehtonen, Anton Shebetko, Athanasios Fakkas, Heleen Kosse, Michel Sylla, Samuel Simpson, Snorre Petlund, Andreas Marquart Frellesen, Antonia Sanchez Armendariz, Charlie Spiegelfeld, Jordi de Vetten, Romina Koopman, Simon Pillaud.
The Photography Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie has been invited by Melkweg Expo to showcase a selection of current projects that students have been working on during this fall semester of 2021.
While We Were Waiting signifies the first public appearance of the Department after a period of forced dormancy, due to the Covid pandemic. The title refers to our collective experience of waiting for new beginnings and new opportunities to share our works with the public.
The exhibition presents an exploration of themes such as belonging and estrangement, terror and corruption, desires and insecurities, memory and absurdity, virtual journeys and real places, motherhood and heritage, the portrait and the statue, totems, and human rights.
The general attitude of the Rietveld Academie is to take nothing for granted. Students are encouraged to take an inquisitive and critical stance towards supposed traditions or conventions. At the Photography Department, most students will treat photography as their point of departure, their frame of reference, to connect their medium with a broad range of different practices, disciplines, and materials.
These outtakes from the various program descriptions illustrate the diversity of topics and methods the students were encouraged to engage with:
“How to bring something into focus that is not directly in front of our camera?
How to engage with concerns that reach us through our screens, our news feed, through books or stories, yet exist outside our own immediate physical environment?”
“What values do I want my work to represent? What is the value of my work as an artist? How does the art market work? What is value in the context of things increasingly disconnected from traditional materiality? How can I get paid for my work? What is the economy of international art education?”
“How would we describe a hypothetical state of ‘a world without images’, related to our current personal needs, dependencies and habits of image production and consumption? What significance do terms like ‘seductive lies’ and ‘conscious blindness’ hold in the context of our photographic-image driven culture?”
“We will break from normativity and liberate our artistic expression in its pure form. We’ll dive into the void of paradoxes, between rationality and the absurd, concepts and raw emotions, belonging and authenticity!”
The narratives contained in these questions all share a decisive relevance to the medium of photography and its connection with current concerns in society; technological dependencies, social identity, collective responsibilities, all these are negotiated through our contemporary image-culture.
In the exhibition handout, the visitor will find a floor plan and specific information on the individual artists and their statements.
Melkweg Expo is an exhibition space for contemporary photography and a platform for young artists, located in the heart of Amsterdam. With a focus on photography that explores identity, society and pop culture, the exhibition space is also known to occasionally place other forms of visual art alongside photography with conviction. Characterized by a distinctly playful and accessible approach, Melkweg Expo seeks to unveil high quality art – art that is innovative, engaging and inclusive.