Taisuke Koyama & Takashi Kawashima, POST BODY / NATURE; LhGWR, The Hague

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

The two Japanese artists Taisuke Koyama (1978) and Takashi Kawashima (1985) have made their own exhibition at LhGWR, without any technical and artistic advice or help from the gallery staff.

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Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama

It is also their first exhibition together.

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Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima

The strange thing is, when entering the gallery, you might as well think all the works are made by one artist, albeit a very versatile one.

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Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama

But soon you see the differences in character, in interest and in ways of seeing and working.

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Taisuke Koyama

Taisuke Koyama

Taisuke Koyama

The unity is based on the presentation, which may look a bit radical for a photo exhibition, but it is also well staged and balanced.

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Taisuke Koyama

Taisuke Koyama

Taisuke Koyama

The duo now make you take your distance, then make you feel part of the ensemble.

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Taisuke Koyama

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima

There are certainly great differences: Koyama’s work deals with the process of photographic reproduction itself while Kawashima might be called a lyrical photographer, constantly in dialogue with great natural forces.

Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

The key to the success of this presentation is probably the deep respect they seem to have for each other’s works.

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Aspects of both artist’s ideas come together in a communally made installation in the gallery’s basement.

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Manipulation of algorithms seems to have become part of an artificial work which acts like an unpredictable natural situation.

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

But apart from these chic words, it is a show to be seen and to be experienced, so go and have a look for yourself somewhere this summer.

Taisuke Koyama, Takashi Kawashima

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and LhGWR, The Hague

 

Bertus Pieters

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Sjoerd Knibbeler, Travelling past matter; LhGWR, The Hague

I visited Sjoerd Knibbeler’s present show Travelling past matter at LhGWR to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As i have written quite extensively about the exhibition, i leave you here with some snapshots and with the warm recommendation to take your time and visit it.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Sjoerd Knibbeler and LhGWR, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Sarah Carlier, Only Jesus Saves; LhGWR, The Hague

Some time ago i visited Sarah Carlier’s present show at LhGWR.

Carlier’s video’s are like moving photographs.

Something may happen in them with some regularity or sometimes even quite suddenly,  but the focus of the camera remains the same.

In the end things may have changed, but only in your mind as nothing really happened to the world you are looking at.

Anything may happen, but the situation won’t respond to it.

Projected together, these videos also stress differences in time and rhythm, sometimes even within one video work.

In each work all elements are present for giving  a consistent meaning to what happens or what doesn’t happen, but in fact all meanings slip away the moment you’re thinking about them.

Only Jesus Saves is a wonderful show to sit down in and change places or refocus now and then. Make sure you can take your time!

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Sarah Carlier and LhGWR, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

2016 days of awesome photo books and Vincent van Baar “My name in 100 colophons”; LhGWR, The Hague

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LhGWR has invited six people to show their favourite photo books. Two of them had yet to be installed when i visited. At that moment Flip Bool, Paul Kooijker, Peter van Beveren and Christian Caujolle showed their treasures.

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They are all art professionals with a great love for photography and books. The combination can make you even happier.

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design)  Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design) Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design)  Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design) Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design)  Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design) Collection Flip Bool

 

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig

Martine Stig

 

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

 

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

 

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Taryn Simon, A living man declared dead and other chapters I – XVIII, designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon, collection Peter van Beveren

Taryn Simon, A living man declared dead and other chapters I – XVIII, designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon, collection Peter van Beveren

Taryn Simon, A living man declared dead and other chapters I – XVIII, designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon, collection Peter van Beveren

Taryn Simon, A living man declared dead and other chapters I – XVIII, designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon, collection Peter van Beveren

Robert Frank, The Americans, collection Peter van Beveren

Robert Frank, The Americans, collection Peter van Beveren

 

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

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Presentations by Suzanne Swarts and Reyn van der Lugt will be installed soon, or are already installed while you are reading this.

Book by Iztok Klančar

Book by Iztok Klančar

In the basement the exhibition Vincent van Baar: My name in 100 colophons, in a well chosen combination with the main exhibition, shows works by students of Vincent van Baar’s at the photography department of the Royal Academy in The Hague.

Book by Gilleam Trapenberg

Book by Gilleam Trapenberg

Book series by Alexandra Hunts

Book series by Alexandra Hunts

All publications were made by them for midterm and final exams.

Books by Hans Bracke, Cleo Wächter and Steven van Koeverden

Books by Hans Bracke, Cleo Wächter and Steven van Koeverden

For everyone who loves photography, book design and in some cases quite literally feeling in your hands the combination of form and content, these two shows are a must.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to the photographers and designers and to Lief hertje en de Grote Witte Reus.

 

Bertus Pieters

Thomas Kuijpers, Paradigma II; Lief Hertje en de Grote Witte Reus (LhGWR), The Hague

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Thomas Kuijpers (1985) shows works of the last two years at LhGWR gallery.

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The exhibition is in its last week, so hurry up to see it!

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Kuijpers shows images that seem to tell us something according to the times we live in.

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But do they? As images also make us preconditioned.

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Kuijpers was in Brussels last year when the city was more or less in a state of siege after the Paris terror attacks.

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He collected some things from the streets that seemed to have a special significance at that time in that place (as they could still have).

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He also collected a cardboard box with Arab texts, on another side it said in English it contained shampoo.

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Go and visit the show to see what these Arabic slogans mean (if they are slogans…) or

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to see if Jihadi is just another brand.

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In a way the show is highly evocative, even

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if the image is in itself not evocative like in De eerste maandag van de maand (First Monday of the month) where you can hear the alarm sirens testing while normal life just goes on.

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Personally I think the Gesture series, with handshakes of world leaders greeting each other for press photographers, is a bit less evocative or meaningful because of its repetition.

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Content of all pictures courtesy Thomas Kuijpers and LhGWR

Bertus Pieters

Tine Guns, Perpetual Moment of Pause; LhGWR, The Hague

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Tine Guns (1983) presently shows a video installation at Lief hertje en de Grote Witte Reus (LhGWR) with self made footage of situations where people wear masks (such in preparation to her new film To Each His Own Mask).

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Guns’ shows masked people both in a carnival-like situation or at a political demonstration.

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People become anonymous and their actions turn into predictable rituals. The installation gives the viewer both the idea of being a looker on and of being a participant.

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As a teaser to her film it works quite well. It also presents the moments very well where individual choices become anonymous.

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Rune Peitersen, Safe Distance; LhGWR, The Hague

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In his present exhibition Safe Distance at Lief hertje en de Grote Witte Reus (LhGWR) Rune Peitersen (1971) shows rearrangements of found footage from the internet of war, political violence and its results.

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He isolates the pictures in a more or less aesthetic way, in the mean time posing the question if aesthetics are a way of getting to grips with the potentially alarming content.

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As such these works, which look a bit like fata morgana’s, can be interpreted as open questions, especially in the subdued and contemplative presentation in the gallery.

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Bertus Pieters

Charlotte Lybeer and Spaarnestad Photo, Incomplete from A to Z; LhGWR, The Hague

Charlotte Lybeer, Spaarnestad Photo

Charlotte Lybeer, Spaarnestad Photo

I visited Lief hertje en de Grote Witte Reus (LhGWR) to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Charlotte Lybeer’s and Daan Paans’ exhibitions. To see the full review of both exhibitions (in Dutch) as well as some more pictures, click here.

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Spaarnestad Photo

Here are some impressions of Lybeer’s show Incomplete from A to Z.

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Charlotte Lybeer

Lybeer was invited to combine her photos with pictures from the Spaarnestad Archive.

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Spaarnestad Photo

As Lybeer makes pictures of people who are enclosed, either individually or in a group, and are given the idea of being protected, she

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Charlotte Lybeer

has chosen some pictures from 20th century history more or less on the same theme.

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Spaarnestad Photo

Both kinds of pictures make a great combination of estrangement.

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Charlotte Lybeer

It is strange to see what kinds of refuge modern times have given us.

Charlotte Lybeer, Spaarnestad Photo

Charlotte Lybeer, Spaarnestad Photo

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Bertus Pieters