Perspectiva Art Company (The Hague, Netherlands),
Volga region branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)
with support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
part of the official program of the Russia-Netherlands Year
present photography exhibition
Hendrik Kerstens. Paula
16 September – 20 october 2013,
Arsenal (Nizhny Novgorod, Kremlin, building 6)
The exhibition of works by contemporary photographer Hendrik Kerstens presents series of female portraits reminiscent of pictures by the 17 century Dutch portraitists: Jan Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals. The photographer’s model, so masterfully transforming into beauties of the past and imitating their serene facial expression is young Paula – daughter of Hendrik Kerstens.
In order to achieve similarity with grand medieval portraits Hendrik Kerstens arranges a proper masquerade for his daughter; plastic bags, rolls of toilet paper, goffered lamp shades and ordinary towels.
Time and his daughter Paula are two main constituents of the photographer’s inspiration. He plays with time, eternalizing stages of his daughter’s coming-of-age in style of the great Flemish, whom he considers to be his “silent teachers”. Hendrik Kerstens does not make it his purpose to imitate pictorial art in his photography, instead he works in the form of a dialogue between cultural paradigms. He interprets traditional canons of pictorial portrait in the spirit of postmodernism.
Curator of the exhibition – Olga Averyanova, Ph.D in the history of arts.
Press presentation will take place on the 16th of September 2013 at 17.00, the opening ceremony will start at 19.00.
Hendrik Kerstens (b. 1956, Gaaga) studied photography independently, in 1995 he decided to fully dedicate himself to this art form. He became widely known due to documenting the most significant moments of his daughter’s life. These works were highly appreciated by professional community. Hendrik won the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the London National Portrait Gallery in 2008. His works were exhibited in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, New-York, Los-Angeles, Pekin, Moscow and Latin America countries. Photographs are included in collections of the Amsterdam Museum, Santa-Barbara Art Musem, Rotterdam Erasmus University, Gemeentemuseum in the Hague, as well as in many private collections. Hendrik’s photographs were published in the famous American magazine Photo Magazine and were featured on the covers of Domus, The New York Times Magazine and ARTnews Magazine.
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