(Un)Bound

“(Un)Bound” explores the many written and unwritten rules defining boundaries and how it relates to our sense of freedom and belonging. The exhibition, presenting four visual artists from Rotterdam (NL), is specifically developed for Photoville and embraces the cultural, historic and site-specific context of the shipping container.

Featuring: Daleen Bloemers & Pim Top, Karl Ketamo, Peter de Krom

Presented by

Rotterdam Photo

Curated by

Lise Straatsma, Chee Yee Tang

The exhibition “(Un)Bound” presents the work of four visual artists based in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) exploring the many written and unwritten rules defining boundaries and how they relate to our sense of freedom and belonging. The complementary, contradicting and sometimes even unusual visual strategies of the presented artists are linked by the exploration of the (photographic) landscape and migration, expressing the cultural interpretation and associations related to it.

“Landscape of Authority” (Karl Ketamo) is a series of landscape representations as depicted in passports. They construct narratives of national identity while displaying views on migration and movement of humans — a contradictory view given the specific nature of travel documents and their function.

“Stokstaartjes” (Peter de Krom), Dutch for ‘meerkats,’ is a long-term photo documentary project researching the ‘condition humaine’ of thrill seekers who look for one-off encounters while roaming the dunes of the quintessential Dutch harbor town Hoek van Holland.

Pim Top and Daleen Bloemers are presenting a site-specific installation that investigates the interplay between space and place, inspired by the ‘unheimliche’ feeling of both infinite freedom and familiar boundaries. The installation simultaneously challenges the restrictions of the photographic frame and responds to the confined space of the shipping container; an iconic marker of global trade and commodification that is in constant movement from place to place.

ARTIST BIO

Finnish-born photographer Karl Ketamo (b. 1987) graduated in 2016 from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. His graduation work was nominated for the prestigious Steenbergen Stipendium award and selected for the Young Artfund Amsterdam. Ketamo’s visual research and methodology often stem from a philosophical thought related to landscape in a cultural context.

Visual artists Daleen Bloemers (b. 1990) and Pim Top (b. 1982) combine their artistic practice for (Un)Bound’s site-specific installation. Bloemers finished her BA in photography and is currently an MA Photography graduate at AKV St. Joost. Her photographic sculptures, collages, and video works have a strong spatial quality.

Pim Top studied Cultural Economics and Art Sciences at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Inspired by the painterly freedom in the representation of time and space, Top often questions the objectivity of the photograph and the use of photographic perspective.

Peter de Krom (b. 1981) graduated in 2010 from AKV St Joost in Breda. Well established in the Netherlands as a three-time winner of the prestigious Dutch press photography award De Zilveren Camera in his category, the works of de Krom are presented in the US for the first time. He shows the Dutch suburban landscape and its inhabitants in ways that can only be mirrored by the notorious Dutch saying, “Normal is crazy enough.” Krom has a unique talent of showing the absurdity of society caught up in normality.

ORGANIZATION BIO

Rotterdam Photo is a free-to-visit photo manifestation in the Netherlands that takes place every February during Art Week Rotterdam. Through an open call and an annual theme, it gives a wide range of independent photographers—from commercial to fine art, from amateur to the recently graduated—the chance to exhibit their work at the Kop van Zuid in Rotterdam, alongside the official Art Rotterdam fair. A fringe program of photo talks, Insta-walks and several workshops are offered to photo enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Rotterdam Photo, consisting of managing director Marcel Kollen, designer Esther Estévez Irazábal, and curators Chee Yee Tang and Lise Straatsma, developed the exhibition “(Un)Bound” specifically for Photoville, featuring talent from the Netherlands whilst embracing the cultural, historic and site specific context of the shipping container.

The exhibition is made possible, in part, through the support of CBK Rotterdam.

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