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Alfredo Jaar / Supersonic Youth
dal 18/1/2013 al 23/2/2013

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Femke IJsinga-van Boxsel

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Alfredo Jaar / Supersonic Youth

Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam

On view the controversial artwork The Sound of Silence by Alfredo Jaar on the role and influence of the image in western society. In this work the controversial relationship between photography, violence and human suffering. The exhibition 'Supersonic Youth' draws attention to several individual, talented photographers who are primarily engaged in current, contemporary realms of influence.

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Alfredo Jaar
The Sound of Silence

The Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam is exhibiting the controversial artwork The Sound of Silence by Alfredo Jaar from Saturday 19 January to Sunday 24 February. In this exhibition the leading Chilean artist Jaar follows Christian Boltanski’s installation Chance and is the second artist to create an installation using up an entire room in the ZWART/WIT (BLACK/WHITE) programme of the Nederlands Fotomuseum.
From 2012 to 2014 the museum has a ZWART/WIT theme. Installations, exhibitions and activities on this theme will be presented for three years. For the past 30 years the work of Alfredo Jaar has been inspired by violations of human rights. His work, based on photographs, films, installations and texts, responds to current international events and touches on themes such as social and economic inequality, genocide, refugees, border conflicts and the role of photojournalism. Another theme of The Sound of Silence is the role and influence of the image in western society.

The Sound of Silence.
A rectangular construction with blinding light tells the story of the photojournalist Kevin Carter, who witnessed the famine in Sudan in 1993. In The Sound of Silence the problem of the image has central place, the controversial relationship between photography, and violence and human suffering. In an age when photographs of horrific acts have become commonplace and interchangeable, Jaar poses critical questions about media consumerism, empathy and individual responsibility, and denounces the “collective silence”.

About Alfredo Jaar
Alfredo Jaar (1956, Chile) is an internationally famous artist, architect and filmmaker who lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited all over the world. He has participated in the Biennales in Venice (1986, 2007, 2009), São Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010), Sydney (1990), Istanbul (1995), Gwangju (1995, 2000), Johannesburg (1997), Seville (2006) and Liverpool (2010), and in the Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). He has created more than sixty works involving interventions in public spaces and more than fifty monographs have been published on his work. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow since 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow since 2000. In 2006 he was awarded the Spanish Premio Extremadura a la Creación. Alfredo Jaar will represent the country of his birth, Chile, at the Venice Biennale in 2013.

The contrast between black and white plays an important role in everyday life. The ZWART/WIT programme deals with thinking in terms of black and white, as well as with the cultural, political, anthropological and historical connotations of this contrast. Black-white has been the norm in our visual culture for many years, and even today people are experimenting with this theme in all sorts of ways in photography, film, the visual arts, advertising, graphic design, fashion, architecture and design. With this total concept of ZWART/WIT, the museum is presenting itself as the photo museum in the Netherlands in the field of historical and contemporary photography which looks across the borders and has social relevance. The programme, developed and composed by the curator Anne van der Zwaag, is supported by an extremely generous and exceptional contribution from the Wertheimer Foundation.


19 January - 17 March 2013
Supersonic Youth

Present-day photography from Belgium

From 19 January to 17 March 2013, the Netherlands Museum of Photography will present the exhibition entitled Supersonic Youth. The exhibition draws attention to several individual, talented photographers who are primarily engaged in current, contemporary realms of influence. They display modern developments in photography while questioning the attitude of a generation that is growing up with internet and digital means of communication.

The exhibition has been compiled by curators Anne-Françoise Lesuisse and Marc Wendelski of the International Biennial of Photography and the Visual Arts in Liège (BIP2012). The Netherlands Museum of Photography asked them to set up an exhibition showing the work of young photographers from Belgium. Lesuisse and Wendelski chose four photographers and a collective that, through their work, provide insight into the latest developments in Belgian photography.

The chosen image-makers, most of whom are under thirty years of age, share a common and rather free approach to photography. Whether this concerns the content, the presentation style, or the form of distribution: they use the medium in a fundamentally heterogeneous way. They mix various approaches, recycle them and adjust them in order to generate their own particular style. They are constantly active and have no anxiety about appearing ‘adulterated’ or about coming up with paradoxes.

Jonathan Jacques (1982, lives and works in Brussels) studied photography at Academie St.-Luc in Brussels. After a stage in which he worked primarily conceptually, he eventually liberated himself from all formal frameworks and references. Beauty assumed the place of discourse, as he himself expresses it. Nowadays, viewers can encounter much beauty, frozen in time, on his Flickr page, particularly in the delicate form of a female figure. Jacques works inconspicuously; his work is reserved and sober.
Jonathan Jacques has displayed his work previously in Brussels (Recyclart), Gent (Jan Colle gallery) and Louvain (KUL).

Thomas Sweertvaegher (1988, lives and works in Ghent) graduated as an artist from the KASK in 2012. For several years now he has been making photographs of the world of skateboarders, to which he also belongs. In this alternative and relatively marginal scene, he manages to create extraordinary portraits and photos of his surroundings. Besides these activities, he also works as a press photographer for the Belgian, Dutch-language daily newspaper, De Morgen.

Sweertvaegher has previously exhibited his work in Ghent (Flinxo gallery), Waregem (Atelier Bruthaus) and the Flanders Center in Osaka (Japan).

BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY (BGDC) (the collective, with changing composition) first saw the light of day in 2009. This group unites young photographers from Liège who share an interest in creating art, organizing meetings, parties, and a life full of intensity, chances and opportunities. The name of this female artists’ collective betrays a strong sense of irony. This exhibition presents the work of Clémentine Piret (1986), Anémone Delvoie (1987) and Sidney Geubelle.

Piret was educated in Public Relations and is a self-taught photographer. Her images are characterized by great spontaneity and are never very formal, but rather sensitive and light. Piret is also active in the film world.

Delvoie and Geubelle studied at the Institut St-Luc in Liège. The former works as a volunteer for all kinds of humanist organizations, in places such as Finland, Palestine and Tanzania. In 2011 she travelled through Asia in order to create a personal photo series. At present she is living in the USA. Geubelle is currently working on a career as a stylist and mannequin in Milan. She uploads her photographic work to Facebook every week.

David Widart (1982, lives and works in Liège) followed education in the world of technique and opted to learn photography, on a self-taught basis, in 2004. Nowadays he devotes all his time to photography and produces work on commission as well as work in the framework of personal research, where he primarily concentrates on everyday life.
Widart travels a great deal and demonstrates that he is above all an urban photographer. His images have a mysterious and occasionally violent atmosphere. At this moment, his preference lies with black-and-white pictures and he enjoys experimenting with combinations of text and image.
Widart has previously shown his work in Liège (Centre d’art ‘Les Brasseurs’ and Gallery Satellite)

Julie Calbert (1985, lives and works in Brussels) is a photographer and video maker. In addition to her artistic work she is active in press and fashion photography. Calbert has developed a narrative form of photography, in which she concentrates on the relationship between body and space, with the complexity of human existence as an underlying theme. There is a consistent undertone in her work, with a typical preference for certain colours and printing techniques. She gives her work an extra charge by selecting moments that are suited to telling a story.

During the 8th edition of the International Biennial of Photography and the Visual Arts in Liège (BIP2012), the Netherlands Museum of Photography organized an exhibition entitled From Holland with Love and which included work by Dutch photographers. The International Biennial of Photography and the Visual Arts (in short, BIP), which was established in 1997 and organized by the Les Chiroux Cultural Centre in Liège, has built up a tradition of international collaboration and exchange of exhibitions. With the display of Supersonic Youth, which was especially created for the Netherlands Museum of Photography, the planned exchange with the Netherlands has been realized.

Supersonic Youth dovetails with the aim of the Netherlands Museum of Photography to bestow attention, in a limited space, upon present-day photography and new developments. The exhibition has been made possible by support from Wallonie-Bruxelles International

Image: The Sound of Silence by Alfredo Jaar

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