Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to present an exhibition of new photographs by acclaimed contemporary Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra.
Dijkstra documents people in transitional moments: young people entering the military service, young club kids just off the dance floor and preadolescent bathers on various beaches in the United States and Eastern Europe.
One of the series included in the exhibition in Galerie Max Hetzler shows a refugee girl from Bosnia, Almerisa, first photographed by Dijkstra in 1994. Since then, the artist has visited Almerisa every two years and has accompanied her transformation into a young adult and her adaption to Western culture. Kora, a girl from Berlin, was photographed at three-year intervals in Tiergarten. Furthermore, Dijkstra portrayed three young Israeli girls, Evgenya, Shany, and Yaara, in plain clothes and in uniform during their two-year military service.
With her camera Dijkstra focuses more and more on young people, on their curiosity and lack of inhibition, and the ability of their faces to reflect what happens both inside and around them. She catches her sitters in situations marked by a certain self-consciousness that parallels the uneasy passage between childhood and adulthood. It doesn't matter whether her subjects are conventional teenagers, child refugees or inductees in the Israeli army or the French Foreign Legion; in the Dutch artist's photographs, they possess a universal appeal.
Rineke Dijkstra: „For me it is essential to understand that everyone is alone. Not in the sense of loneliness, but rather in the sense that no one can completely understand someone else. I want to awaken definite sympathies for the person I have photographed." (In: Andy Grundberg: Out of the Blue, The Photographs of Rineke Dijkstra, Artforum 35/ May 1997)
Rineke Dijkstra, born in 1959, lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam between 1981 and 1986. This is her third solo show at Galerie Max Hetzler.
Dijkstra's first monograph published by Schirmer und Mosel in November 2004 will accompany a major touring retrospective in Paris (Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume), Amsterdam (Stedelijk Museum), Winterthur (Fotomuseum) and Barcelona (Fundacio La Caixa).
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