On April th 2018 our exhibition ‘Wunderkammer‘ opened. The exhibition runs until May 26th.
The camera is the eye with which we behold the wonders in the world. But it doesn’t only capture reality, it shows our fantasies, dreams and fears just as well. Photography is a tool to catch wonders and keep them in a dark chamber – the Wunderkammer. The original wunderkammer – a cabinet of curiosities, dates back to the 15th centuries when rulers, explorers, merchants, sailors and other daredevils started traveling the world. They brought back to their homes the wonders of the world: minerals, gems, artifacts, strangeanimals, plants, idols, etc. and gathered them in a room or cupboard. They could contemplate or talk about it with their friend and show of their knowlegde and power. Eventually wunderkammers became the museums of today. Now we are all used to museums and see the strangest of things on the internet, but still it is a great theme to inspire artists. So we invited photographic artists from over the world to show us their wonders.
Guest curator for this exhibition was Rommert Boonstra, one of the founding fathers of staged photography in the Netherlands.
About the Wunderkammer he writes:
“One of the most remarkable proporties of our existence is its fluency. Reality is just a seemingly endless series of changing images, a projection of a film on another film – called memory. Everything is connected to everything. Nothing is solid and true; things to hold on to are missing. Life can be so confusing that one starts looking for certainties. Sometimes mankind finds a God, the unmovable mover, sometimes a brand new sportscar, sometimes a mathematic law, which tries to be universal. But it doesn’t matter how much you search; in the end, death awaits us all. Everybody steers for darkness.
The photograph is the ultimate symbol of this fluency. The baby on the carpet who was to become my father, has changed into dust and ashes and even these ashes are evolved in something else by now. The happy young bride in front of the town hall in Groningen didn’t know she would die too young, years after having become my mother. The only – albeit temporary – answer I could find to this uncertainty is art. The art of wondering. I started my career as a director of a theatre, but after a while I decided to become the director of my own imagination. I put a box on the table, took a camera with a wide lens so the box would like like a big stage, and hung a lamp above it. Then I started building things in the box, putting things in it, and by eclectic combinations a new world was born. Everything was possible and allowed. From that moment on, my life has entered a Wunderkammer.”
The following artists are participating: Arnoud Bakker, Astrid van Rijn, Darren Smith (USA), Deborah Sfez (ISR), Esther Hemmer, Geertje Geertsma, Gosia Kalisciak, Helma Vlemmings, Iedje Visser, Jaasir Linger, John de Vos, Lee Musgrave (USA), Marcie Rich (USA), Michaela Kindle (DU), Na Zhang (Ch), Olga Rook, Pascale Hustings, Peter Eleveld, Rommert Boonstra, Torsten Schumann (DU), Van Os en Depassé and Yolenth van den Hoogen.
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