Kim Hospers, Esse Est Percipi #whatever; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

According to the British philosopher George Berkeley (1685-1735) to be is to be perceived.

In our age of digital mass exposure this may have detrimental consequences as to how we are perceived, and so, following Berkeley, how and who we are.

This smells already like the trend of the last few decades or so of identity thinking, its blurring, its history, its morality and its blah-blah.

However, Kim Hospers (1982) escapes these preoccupations, by concentrating on deliberate visible destruction of the individual identity as a practical joke by pranksters on the internet.

Usually meant to be seen by a circle of friends and acquaintances of the victim, these pictures of ridiculed sleeping beauties can be found as trash circling on the internet.

In fact the general viewer doesn’t know the pranked persons and as such they become alternative individuals, clogged by what could be seen as caricatures or superlatives of the human condition.

Hospers has drawn an enormous collection of faces based on these pictures of fooled identities.

A series of twelve dozen same-sized drawings on show at Maurits van de Laar’s gallery gives the impression of a mass gathering of zombie-like people, whose dreams may be as weird as their appearances.

There are also bigger portraits and some sculptures on show.

Altogether it makes for another spectacular and very fine show to end a very strong pre-summer season at Van de Laar’s gallery.

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© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to Kim Hospers and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters