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.

 

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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

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

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

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

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Both kinds of pictures make a great combination of estrangement.

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

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Daan Paans, Rhinoceros; LhGWR, The Hague

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

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Here are some impressions of Paans’ show. He named his exhibition Rhinoceros after Albrecht Dürer’s famous woodcut of a rhinoceros of 1515.

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Dürer had never seen a rhino either dead or alive but his print became the standard in Europe until well into the 18th century.

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In the same vein Paans has made pictures of landscapes based on engravings in a 19th century book about prehistoric life.

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He also photographically reconstructed the aurochs as the extinct species has been reconstructed by breeding types of cattle with the typical characteristics of the aurochs

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Paans’ pictures are both majestic and atmospheric.

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Paans also made pictures at the studio at Lascaux where duplicates of the original cave paintings are made.

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In a third project Paans shows reconstructions of meteorites as film props. He shows them in wonderful black and white pictures and as a hovering object.

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But altogether you’d better take a look yourself as these pictures are also just reconstructions of what I have seen when visiting the gallery.

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Bertus Pieters

Pierre Derks: Mind your step, at LhGWR, The Hague

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To write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Pierre Derks’ present show Mind your step, I visited LhGWR (Lief hertje en de Grote Witte Reus) Gallery. Derks shows a number of video loops which deal with the relation between the individual and the group in public space, like

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in 4 Wheelers where car drivers are waiting, maybe for traffic lights. The camera is fixed, the geometric background remains the same, the drivers

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are all going the same direction and are all waiting for some time to continue their ways to the future.

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It is not easy making pictures of photographs, especially when there are moving elements in them.

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This is the background of Exodus against which women with bags on trolleys are hurrying in one direction.

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In this loop (Escalator) you see a sequence of afterimages behind every passer-by.

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In front of this geometric backstage you

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may discover some boys moving like ghosts. While

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on a another wall a camera slowly moves along a waiting double-decker train.

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In the cellar there are two more works on show.

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Mind your step!

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One of these works is somewhat obscure, but

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26 Miles is clearly about a marathon. Photographed heads of

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constantly changing individuals,

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slowly moving from left to right,

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their monumentality making it almost heroic.

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The video’s have no sound,

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so it’s good to have a relaxed look at each loop.

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See some more footage here in the review at the Villa La Repubblica blog.

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Bertus Pieters

Karianne Bueno: Doug’s Cabin, at LhGWR Gallery, The Hague

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The street in front of LhGWR was a mess when i visited the gallery last Friday. Such things influence you when entering a venue and may even influence the way

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you start seeing things at an exhibition. Now it wasn’t the first time i saw Karianne Bueno’s show Doug’s Cabin, but still it seemed to offer a kind of refuge from

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the urban wilderness outside, which, in a way, is remarkable as it deals with wilderness itself. It’s the humid wilderness on Vancouver Island along

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the Pacific coast of Canada. You might call it the western frontier of western colonization: for all its questionable victories it has fallen into a state of deterioration,

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kept alive by some technology and history, and surrounded by trees and wild animals. Photographer Bueno tells a story about Doug’s very basic camp site and

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its surroundings. Her photo’s act as text while found objects, pictures, some exquisite drawings by Medy Oberendorff, etc. act as illustrations. The place itself

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was based on fear of the dangers of the East at the other side of the big ocean. Different worlds of aw, decay and beauty meet each other while in the background

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you constantly hear Coast to Coast, the Conspiracy Theory radio. Around this very evocative exhibition there are some more pictures by Bueno on show.

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Bertus Pieters