Dusk and Dawn




Erwin Olaf (1959, The Netherlands) emerged onto the international art scene in 1988 when his series Chessmen was awarded the first prize in the Young European Photographer competition. Ever since, Olaf has continued to explore issues of gender, sensuality, humour, despair and grace in each successive series.

In Dusk and Dawn, he portrays two (fictive) modern bourgeois families: one black and one Caucasian. This is to address the illusion of freedom, a significant theme for Olaf. To him, this freedom is an ideal not to be found in real life, as people always limit themselves to their confined ideas on society something Olaf empathically tries to avoid in his larger-than-life mimicries of everyday banality.