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Ellen Kooi | “Written in Water” | APERTURA Madrid Gallery Weekend | 9 September – 23 December 2021

Ellen Kooi is presenting her new artworks in which water takes a leading role in the landscape, and in which people write their own stories and invite the viewers to draw their conclusions out of their personal experiences. Water is not uncommon in the context of Nordic photography, where it is frequently used and clearly has a symbolic purpose such as the origin of life, the passage of time, the hidden, constant change…

Exclusively aimed for this project, Ellen has created a set of images with longer editions, smaller formats, and more affordable prices to help everybody have a Kooi at their homes.

Ellen is one of the most well-known Dutch photographers together with Erwin Olaf, Rineke Dijkstra, Ruud van Empel, or Hellen van Meene. Ellen’s re-invention of the traditional “figure in landscape” genre is more than re-interpreting or re-reading Flemish old masters like Vermeer, Brueghel, Patinir or Bosch, it comes out of nowhere, out of the everyday. Her images are unstable and full of hidden questions that make us feel an inner pulse, a sensation.

Ellen Kooi’s work has been published in numerous books and she has an extensive number of both solo and group exhibitions, especially in Europe (La Casa Encendida, Chateau d’Eau, etc) and the USA (ASU Art Museum, MOCA Cleveland, etc). She is present in public collections such as MUSAC, BESart, MoPA San Diego, and Frans Hals Museum.

Curated by Juan Curto. Activity supported by the Dutch Embassy in Madrid.

In order to receive the press kit (press release and images) please contact us on (+34) 91 429 17 34 or e-mail info@camaraoscura.net.


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