Special project

Announcement with description of the Exhibition was made by TV Kultura, State Russian Channel. For viewing please follow the link: http://tvkultura.ru/article/show/article_id/92942

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     Exhibition "Hendrik Kerstens. Paula" will be held at the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation starting from 22nd of May till 28th of July 2013 in the framework of the Russian-Dutch bilateral Year and with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Russian Federation.

     Press conference will be held on 21st of May 2013 at 17.00 at the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation.

  The curator of the exhibition is Olga Averyanova, historian of photography, Ph.D in the history of arts.


  The exhibition of works by contemporary photographer Hendrik Kerstens presents a series of female portraits.  For the first time in Russia the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation will show the works of the Dutch master, one of the most interesting artists today. Hendrik Kerstens is one of those artists who is working hard on the same project for years. When he took up photography, he decided to work with one model - she is always there with him. The main and the only character of his series became his daughter Paula. His works are easy to recognize. Dressed or naked, with a gesture reminiscent of a blessing or with a pearl earring in her ear - always on a deep black background, porcelain face serene and calm with wide-opened eyes pointing at the viewer. This is all Paula - daughter, girl, young lady.

   Kerstens' works are created in the genre of a dialogue between cultural paradigms, and, respectively, using a post-modern interpretation of the traditional visual techniques. Kerstens' portraits - is a kind of popular history of the old Dutch school of painting, arranged in a new way - through media terms. Kerstens' works could be seen as a starting point for searching of lost values. This "masquerade" is meant to re-encode certain meanings, a kind of adaptation of "immutable values" in the modern world, which has lost some of these values recently. Keeping in touch with a certain cultural code (type of consciousness, age, style, particular works), the interpretation of a certain artistic gesture fits well into a new cultural context.

     Hendrik Kerstens (b.1956, The Hague) is an autodidact who decided in 1995 to dedicate himself entirely to photography. He is wellknown for his documentation of the important moments in his daughter Paula’s life, which earned him a Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize in 2008 from the National Portrait Gallery London. His portraits refer both to the Dutch masters and the those of the Italian Renaissance. He sees photography as a means of continuing the descriptive arts. The association with painting is emphasized by the sharpness of his photographs. Kerstens’ work has been exhibited in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, New York, Los Angeles, Beijing, Moscow and Latin America. His photographs are included in the collection of institutions such as Amsterdam Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag etc. and well-known private collections. Publications include American Photo Magazine and the cover of Domus, The New York Times Magazine and ARTnews Magazine.


     For more information, images for printed editions, as well as to obtain accreditation for the press conference, please contact us by e-mails or phones: info@perspectiva-art.com, info@ekaterina-foundation.ru,

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