Wanderlust – a photo exhibition curated by Eli Dijkers
June 20th until August 5th 2018
Wanderlust is a German loanword, known to many people, for most of us have this irresistibly desire to travel, to wander and to rove about. Although the word dates back to the half of the nineteenth century, wandering became fashionable around 1800. The French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau urged people to get back to nature, and in Germany a whole bunch of ‘Sturm und Drang’ poets strolled about nature, Goethe ahead, to express their modern consciousness of life. For life was heavily shaken up by the wars and revolutions that time and hardly anything was still the same. Nature, travel, the great unknown gave way to a new pace in life where one could slow down and escape everyday hectic. Travelling by foot lead to an encounter with nature that was both physical and sensual. Like a pilgrimage, one could meet the sublime in nature and in oneself.
Nowadays almost everybody travels. But is it Wanderlust? For ‘you cannot become a wanderer, you are born as one’, Henry David Thoreau once said. Do we still rove about just for the feel, the smell, the unknown and sublime, for the adventure of it all, to become a better man? Or are we a gang of narcissist idiots running around the world and its wonders to proof we are a better man, as one journalist wrote? Photography about this restlessness leading to travel is everywhere. Yes, it is in the travelmagazines, but is this Wanderlust? We think more of nowadays photographers like Eli Dijkers, who currently shows his work on the state of China in the Rotterdam Kunsthal, or the work of Robin de Puy, who just published her classic roadtrip through the United States. Further back in time, you might think of the outcast Josef Koudelka, who travelled since his home country had become forbidden territory; André Kertész, who ended up in the States; Robert Frank, being gripped by the America’s; in the 19th century, Gustave LeGray, seeking the mystic orient in Egypt, like the Dutch Alexandrine Tinne in the Sahara. The list is truly endless.
Todays photographers show their interpretation of the theme at the gallery: from ‘straight forward’ travel photography of places no one hardly dares to go, to wanderings through time and space, through imagination and mind, through reality within the artists and realities that surround them. Come over and be surprised by the works of: Esthatios Andreou (CY), Tessa Beurskens, Rommert Boonstra, Yanina Cesa, Eva Kreuger, Mike Harris, Marscha Joustra, Ellen van der Kraan, Willy Lamers, Jaasir Linger, Stéphane Louis (FR), Marie Louise Linnemeijer, Sonia Mangiapane, Marlike Marks, Jörg Meier (DE), Guy Needham (NZ), Willem Overtoom, Ehlana Polgara, Deborah Sfez (ISR), Dieter Provoost (B), Brecht Langhout & Karen Winnubst van Studio Kunst en Beeld, Margriet van de Velde, Carla Vermeltfoort, Dylan van Vliet, Marco de Waal, Zhangna (CH) and of course guestcurator Eli Dijkers.
Stéphane Louis – Among the mists | Yanina Cesa – I sobre mí oigo al source llorar | Guy Needham – Huliboy