They first met in 2009 at the Fashion Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy where Salome Ghazanfari (DE) was a student and Riette Wanders (NL) her teacher. In 2014 they met again when Salome had her solo exhibition in Amsterdam at PS projectspace. From a personal connection and similarities the idea was born to combine their work in a duo presentation in Amsterdam and Berlin. On Tuesday evening the 9th of December they will first show their work together at PS.
Salome Ghazanfari finds her material in the urban environment. The form of her work reminds of billboards and posters which we find in the public space. Comprehensible forms but at same time concentrated complexities.
Because the authenticity in which she is interested is only produced by direct contact and in risking real closeness she deliberately exposes herself to certain experiences. Her works aren’t photographs in the classical sense, but evidence of experienced realities by herself. Formally, she brings this experience back into the space by bringing the works plastically on the wall.
Through her work she tries to create affiliation, understanding and consciousness and encourages the viewer to question prevalent concepts and mindsets.
Riette wanders seeks in her work for images that are hard to define. Gathered photos, personal experiences and especially music, play an essential role in the realization process.
Also the love for material and what the material can enforce are parts of this process. The outcome is never clear from the start.
The charcoal drawings are set up in raw, energetic but at the same time fine and accurate lines. Fixative is used as a sort of paint that initially wipes away the image to subsequently built it up again in multiple layers of charcoal.
Her three dimensional work, mostly textile, has a similar ambiguity in which which material and technique are at odds with the shape and beauty and fury compete.
The relation between the two and three dimensional works has become increasingly important. The subject divers but placed next to one another they form one world.
Alle Fotos courtesy Jan van der Ploeg
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