Van Kranendonk Gallery
2512 GS The Hague
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The Van Kranendonk Gallery is presenting Young Talents, an exhibition highlighting the work of three recent HKU photography graduates; Anne Cobussen, Peter Lipton and Laura van Rijs. The work of young German photographer Malte Wandel will also be showcased. While their work is by no means similar, what binds these four photographers is their recurring interest the social circumstances and situations of people.
The photographic series by Laura van Rijs revolves around women and their ‘head scarves’. Van Rijs shot her unique portraits from behind, whereafter she arranged them by colour. By doing this, Van Rijs seeks to invalidate the stereotype of the head scarve as an inapproachable object.
Sanne Cobussen developed a series of images depicting falling people. On a closer look, subjects appear to be elderly people who are practising how to fall. The initial feelings of strangeness and discomfort make way for fascination once the sculpture-like figures come into focus.
In their photographic series, both Peter Lipton and Malte Wandel focus on social circumstances abroad. Peter Lipton documented social abuse in Ecuador, while Wandel investigated the difficult social circumstances in Mozambique. Lipton followed the oil recovery trail in Ecuador, documenting the socially weak groups of Native Americans linving too close to the oil wells. Wandel discovered a group of people in Mozambique, that lived and worked in East Germany during the Communist period. They returned to Mozambique after the Wende, bringing with them ‘relics’ from East Germany to create a bizarre streetscape. The four series Wandels produced bring together an odd combination of African poverty and a German pragmatic way of thinking.