Press release | December 2015
Foam starts the new year with Blanco, the first major museum-based solo exhibition by Awoiska van der Molen (b. Groningen, 1972), featuring the monochrome landscape photography she has been working on since 2009. Van der Molen’s work, which was shown in 2007 in Foam 3h, garnered a great deal of praise last summer at the Unseen Photo Fair, where she presented new work. Foam shows a broad selection of her handmade gelatin silver prints, mostly in large format.
The exhibition Blanco is the result of long periods of isolation, in which Awoiska van der Molen penetrates deep into the essence of the remote world in which she creates her photos. Far removed from a society racing ever onwards, she takes time to experience the landscape in a new manner, beyond first appearances. She moves slowly there, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues in the darkroom. Her often profoundly black baryta prints contain mysterious contrasts between darkness and light. Notions of time, day and night seem non-existent.
The exhibition was made possible by the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund.
The exhibition Awoiska van der Molen- Blanco can be seen from 22 January – 3 April 2016. Open daily 10.00 - 18.00 hrs, Thurs/Fri 10.00 - 21.00. Tickets: €10,00
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