Tales of mystery and imagination
an exhibition by Mariska Pool and Mark van Hattem
August 25th until September 30th, 2018
Stories have been told ever since mankind started talking, and very, very soon stories were told using images too. Most of these stories have entered our minds as cultural heritage, archetypes, sometimes altered through time. Most of them were originally meant to warn generations about the faults of their ancestors. Stories were meant to give direction and not seldom, they had a dark and somewhat sinister character. Over the millenia and centuries, stories became nicer, using fantasy and myth in order to educate the younger generation, and many of the old stark and cruel details were altered. By the early 19th century, most of these stories were made into quite innocent fairy tales by writers like H.C. Andersen. However, another movement was started by writers like Edgar Allen Poe, founder of the Gothic novel, where imagination and fantasy entered into contemporary stories that were meant to entertain and fascinate rather than educate.
Mark van Hattem and Mariska Pool move on with all these traditions in their work. Mariska Pool combines digital image editing with digital drawing, and for her work she is inspired by the old oral traditions and gives them her own twist. You might think that you know the story, but do you really? Mark van Hattem moves on where Gothic literature left off, using old vintage photography techniques to give his own interpretation of the contemporary and the old imagination. Together, they produce images that at first instance might seem traditional photographs, but truly are not. The exhibition “Tales of mystery and imagination” will be a feat of image story telling and maybe you can take one of their stories home.