Exchange Exhibition, Part 1

from 05.11.1997 to 29.11.1997

Marjoleine Boonstra, Joep Neefjes Loodwicks Press Images (LPI), Hans Aarsman, Wout Berger, Henze Boekhout, Paul C. Bogaers, Wyn Geleynse, Mels van Zutphen

FOTOMANIA Gallery has been in existence for 12 years and from its very beginning its main focus has been on the presentation of experimental conceptual photography, new and related media and installations. The exhibition at FOTOGALERIE WIEN also shows this preference, indirectly reflecting the exhibition policy of the FOTOMANIA Gallery and providing insights into current art photography in Holland.

Loodwicks Press Images (LPI): In 1965 Mr. Loodwicks, the former director of the famous press agency Loodwicks Press Images, met Andy Warhol in Paris. In exchange for a collection of Warhol's vintage prints the artist was promised the privilege of not having to pay copyright costs for using any LPI photographs in his own artistic work. This gift was the reason for Mr. Loodwicks' intense concern with Warhol's oeuvre and his becoming an enthusiastic collector of Warhol vintage prints. This collection has now been assembled for a presentation by Joseph L.M.Neefjes, curator of the Dutch branch of LPI.

Marjoleine Boonstra's artistic activity focusses on large-size colour photographs and documentary films. In her short film "Sa Nule" she portrays people in a refugee camp in former Yugoslavia. The film is an impressive example of her ability to present the past, somthing that no longer exists. The similarity and the joint origin of these two forms of expression by one and the same artist occur on an abstract level.

Hans Aarsman, Wout Berger, Henze Boekhout: These three artists present their work together. Their idea of describing the world might be summarized into three "rules": Merge life and photography; put the unimportant above the important; separate that which you presume to see from that which you actually see.

Paul C. Bogaers combines two or more photographs into one picture or places very diverse pictures into a constellation. In this way Bogaers tries to give his works a stronger, dynamic character. In the final analysis his work "Somnambulisms", which he will show in Vienna, is not so much concerned with formal or technical questions but with the attempt to express a(n) (un)certain approach to life.

Wyn Geleynse uses his own person in his installations to represent obsessive, constantly repeated modes of behaviour - on 16mm endless loops - which he projects on stills and into his contextual world of images. He is convinced that the real projection of a film onto another object turns into a wonderful metaphor for a "psychological projection" which also influences the "other" context of photography. Such a combination and presentation of the pictures encourages the viewer as a voyeur to share common fantasies, fears and memories.

Mels van Zutphen is a photographer and filmmaker. His photographic and cinematographic works address the connections between imitation, imagination, reproduction and knowledge and reality. He searches for a recreation of landscape and space which leads to the invention of new objects and scenes of his own universe.

Frank van der Stok