Thomas Kuijpers: 'Volumes'

Overview

Kuijpers’ investigative works start with his daily experience of current events, happenings that rapidly become a kaleidoscope of diverse, overlapping, conflicting perspectives — including his own.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the inaugural exhibition 'Volumes' by Thomas Kuijpers. 

 

Thomas Kuijpers (b. 1985, the Netherlands) sees the world as something fluid, manipulated, constructed. Rather than adhering to the idea that it can be experienced objectively, his work reveals the world’s slippery nature and the forces that perpetually shape it — newspapers, television, the internet, politics, adverts, social media, technology, products and more. For Kuijpers, the world is always perceived through or influenced by something. Truth is dependent on who, what, where, when and how, and we are never impartial.

 

Kuijpers’ investigative works start with his daily experience of current events, happenings that rapidly become a kaleidoscope of diverse, overlapping, conflicting perspectives — including his own. Each event is copied and pasted indefinitely through an endless media landscape, and it is these copies — images, articles, conversations, videos, memorabilia, quotes — that Kuijpers habitually collects over years, forming archives of competing realities.

 

Acting as artist, editor, anthropologist and collector simultaneously, he scrutinises and rearranges his archives until the structures of our media-saturated world are uncovered. Kuijpers then assembles his findings into new constellations, often taking the form of experimental, multimedia installations, inviting us to be aware of the illusions and rhetoric that mould our everyday lives. Ironically, it is only through Kuijpers’ obsession with the minute parts of the world that we see just how fragile it is as a whole.

 

"For the project Volumes (working title), I am scouring within recent world history and contemporary issues for moments that could or should have provided an important twist to a more balanced future. Confrontation with these big issues is often limited to a literally flat experience - the newspaper, the TV or our screen. 
 
During the Covid pandemic, in which life in general has become even flatter, screen- and image-based, this research stacks up to a project that questions the way these events are communicated, and the effect this flat communication has on our response. 
 
The paradoxical culmination of these flat experiences seems to be revealing itself of late - as our lives by necessity begin to consist of an even greater proportion of these "flat experiences" the urge is greater than ever to seek each other out, and bring problems to light physically, on the street, with each other. I can't remember a time in the last 30 years when there has ever been so much protesting, for such a diverse range of causes.
 
In Volumes, I want to shine a light on the difficulties of activism at a time when issues in which we must take a stand seem to richly engulf our daily lives and overwhelm our systems of rationality and reflection."
 

Thomas Kuijpers completed his MFA Photography in 2011 at AKV St. Joost (Breda, the Netherlands) and has been exhibited at institutions, fairs and galleries internationally including: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Foam, Amsterdam; Krakow Photo Month, Krakow; Fotopub Festival, Novo Mesto; Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, London; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Red Hook Labs, New York City and MASP, São Paulo amongst others. In 2017, he was nominated as a Foam Talent and his latest book, Hoarder Order (Fw: Books, 2020) was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2020.

 

For more information or to receive a private view (if available) please contact the gallery.

 

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