Exhibitions at THE RAVESTIJN GALLERY
The natural foundations of our memory are slowly collapsing. Remembering as a basic human activity is turning into an underrated exercise. This is because more and more information is externalized on portable devices, hard drives and online cloud services. Mankind’s burgeoning desire is to rescue every bit of information from obscurity and safeguard scien-tific and cultural knowledge. Yet, to do so means that we are becoming increasingly de-pendent on technology and digital media.
Dutch photographer Ferry van der Nat, formerly known as Mr. Polaroid, has done it all. He’s been a chef, makeup artist to a touring drag queen show, made wigs for Victor & Rolf, and is a celebrated fashion editor, stylist and photographer. The word polymath doesn’t begin to describe the energy he has for life. Like Andy Warhol before him, it’s his intimate and provocative Polaroids of male muses, turned into a book Mr. published by MENDO, that define him as a true artist.… more
Ruth van Beek’s work originates in her ever-growing archive. The images, mainly from old photo books, are her tools, source material and context. Van Beek physically intervenes within the pictures. By folding, cutting,or adding pieces of painted paper, she rearranges and manipulates the image until her interventions reveal the universe that lay within them. Merely by suggestion, van Beek triggers the imagination, and therefore the discomfort, of the viewer: passive human hands are animated… more
Prior to South Sudan’s independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011, forty years of internal conflicts and two protracted civil wars had permeated the history of the country. Established in 1956 at the end of the Anglo- Egyptian colonial rule, the Republic of Sudan had its borders drawn by its very European predecessors with little concern to the cultural and ethnic reality of the region. South Sudan’s independence allowed the borders to be reconfigured to extent. Regardless, the … more
For her upcoming show at The Ravestijn gallery, Eva Stenram further explores her use of found images and what it means to be looking at them. ‘Offcut’ consists of three works that combines the photographic with three dimensional installation. As in her previous work, Stenram uses found vintage pin-up photographs from which she makes new images. Central to this exhibition are the fabrics seen in each of the found pin-up pictures: thus attention is drawn to the background and surroundi… more
The Summershow 2016
Exhibition: June 4 - September 3, 2016
Opening: Friday , 3 June, 5-7 pmmore
Brasília is a city composed of reinforced concrete, a paragon of the tenets of modernist architecture and city planning. Enfolded by the artificial Paranoá Lake, the city fashions a curious structural plane; a grid-like formula of post-war modernism arranged into a light curve. Brasília was constructed in the late 50’s from scratch according to the blueprints by the urban planner Lucío Costa, landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx and the architect Oscar Niemeye… more
"I will have spent my life trying to understand the function of remembering, which is not the opposite of forgetting but rather its lining." - Chris Marker
On the 15th of February 1993, Peter’s mother walked from Zandvoort beach into the North Sea to her death. The Unforgetting is a series of works that explores the texture of personal memory, and is told through photography and sculpture and is presented in installation form. It is a series of works made up of remnants, exp… more
The Southwestern United States has always been the setting for dreams. Pioneers and prospectors, engineers and industrialists, orange- and oil farmers, filmmakers and photographers: they made the trek west to seek their fortune. A few succeeded, millions stranded prematurely. Every attempt left new marks in this mythical landscape spanning from the Pacific Ocean to the mountain tops of Sierra Nevada down to the Mojave Desert.
In 1999 the Dutch photographer Marie-José Jongerius (1970) lef… more
The Ravestijn Gallery is pleased to present ’Under Construction’, Nico Krijno’s first solo exhibition in Europe. Nico Krijno (1981) grew up in a small town in South Africa, before leaving for Cape Town to pursue his career in photography and film. With a background in theatre and experimental video, his practice has a performative nature. Krijno has been considered one of a small international wave of artist to create a new photographic language. Photography that reflects the e… more
The Ravestijn Gallery is proud to present ‘Blue is the Color of your Yellow Hair’, Freudenthal/Verhagen’s first solo exhibition at The Ravestijn Gallery. This exhibition is a culmination of a twenty-five year collaboration between Carmen Freudenthal and Elle Verhagen. In their work they are always searching for ways to expand the definition of photography, moving between art and fashion imagery, pursuing cultural relevancy. Their visual language is, over the years, diverse in d… more
The Ravestijn Gallery is proud to present ‘Private’, Mona Kuhn’s first solo exhibition in The Netherlands.
Mona Kuhn was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1969 and is of German descent. She received her BA from The Ohio State University, before furthering her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996. She currently lives in Los Angeles and is an independent scholar at The Getty Research Institute.
Kuhn is well known for her large-scale nude photographs with a very… more
The Ravestijn Gallery is pleased to announce "Recycle (Prelude)" by Jean-Francois Lepage, an evocative new series of deconstructed and metamorphosed photographs from the artist’s image archive. Over the course of his career on the cutting edge of fashion photography, Lepage interrupted his photography by engraving, cutting or drawing on top of his original film. With these interventions in hand, Lepage has now pushed the border of photography further by fastening together dispa… more
The Ravestijn Gallery in Amsterdam is proud to present new work by Koen Hauser (1972, The Netherlands): an open-minded quest for the simple beauty of attributes and objects that, stripped of a functionality, will show the essence of their configuration.
Koen Hauser first got his degree in Social Psychology before he graduated in Photography at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. This combined background, of social studies and art, serves as an explanation for his exploratory vision with which he… more
The Ravestijn gallery is proud to present “New Arrangements”, an exhibition of Ruth van Beek’s kinetic photographic collages. Van Beek combines everyday, found photographs with paint, cutting or folding to inspire a unique dialogue between image and object.
Collage is central to van Beek’s work, transforming her appropriated photographic images into a newly tactile object, both concrete and illusory. The works form a tension between what the viewer readily sees and what … more
In September 2014, Ravestijn Gallery is pleased to present photographer Vincent Fournier’s work from his uncanny series ‘Space Project’ and ‘The Man Machine’ (2012). Shown for the first time in the Netherlands, these two series consider space and technology as still undiscovered countries on Earth.
With ‘Space Project’, Fournier photographs space training facilities in different locations around the world. Images of gleaming shuttle and satellite equi… more
The Ravestijn Gallery’s upcoming exhibition ‘Mr. Polaroid’ by Ferry Van der Nat is a playful exploration of the nude form and its transformative nature under the spell of the instant camera.
Van der Nat worked for many years as a make-up artist and began to document his surroundings through Polaroid shots. Recently his approach has evolved into a more formal and sustained engagement with this flexible medium, and ‘Mr. Polaroid ’ showcases the exciting middle ground… more
‘Rise & Fall’ is photographer Mark Nettenbreijers’ debut exhibition at the Ravestijn Gallery. In this haunting series of large-scale black and white photographs, the forest becomes a rich canvas for an abstract light that captures the cycles of life and death.
The forest has long been a symbol of darkness and dread, but also of contemplation. Nettenbreijers captures both of these opposing elements in a process that is at once spiritual and scientific.
‘Rise &am… more
The Ravestijn Gallery presents the works of Darren Harvey-Regan, a photographer interested in the concept that photographs do not exist just to show things, but are physical things that become objects themselves.
In 1955, Fortune magazine published, ‘Beauties of the Common Tool’, a portfolio by Walker Evans featuring pictures of ordinary hand-made tools, such as a ratchet wrench and a pair of scissors. Harvey-Regan first constructed a montage of Evans’s images to make new form… more
‘Dum Dum Boys’ is Mikael Jansson’s powerful series of portraits featuring male rock stars with lived-in faces such as Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, David Johansen and Michael Stipe.
For every photographer it must be a delight to have Iggy Pop in front of their lens as he is renowned, like Kate Moss, for having an incredible force of energy, with a willingness to experiment. Pop has built up a reputation for being photographed in ‘crazy’ scenarios, for example, for … more
A beetle with GPS in its antenna and an insect with spring-loaded legs are part of Vincent Fournier’s cabinet of species: at first sight normal animals, who on the basis of evolutionary genetics, have miraculously transformed in order to adapt to the future’s changing environment.In the work of the French photographer, Vincent Fournier, science features prominently. Since visiting the Palais de la Découverte in Paris as a young boy, the wonders of the world, such as astronomy,… more
The Swedish born Eva Stenram calls herself “an artist who works with photographs”. Her source materials are photographs found in (vintage) magazines, on the Internet or from family photo albums that she digitally manipulates – leading to bizarre and arresting images.
For her series, ‘Retouching History’, she wanted to explore a personal fantasy: “what would it be like to be the same age as your parents?” Using photographs from her family album, Stenram d… more
“What is this?” or “Something doesn’t make sense here” are often heard reactions on the photos of Anuschka Blommers & Niels Schumm. In their work the photographic duo intends to put the viewer off balance.
In ‘Delusions’, The Ravestijn Gallery presents a selection of thirteen optical illusions from the oeuvre of Blommers & Schumm wherein confusion is omnipresent.
A recent series of four misleading stills for the erotic paperback magazine &lsquo… more
Incomparable: Women of Style
with an introduction by Alistair O’Neill
ACC Editions 9781851496990
Hardback € 38,00
300 mm x 237 mm
160 pages, 200 colour illustrations
Features more than 100 photographs, including rare vintage silver prints developed by Hartman in her home studio, as well as a group of never-before-seen images of New York City’s underground style icons.
Chronicling a world of beauty and style, photographer Rose Hartman has captured fashion’s t… more