For a split second, light illuminates the brilliance of the ordinary existence of things; it exalts and then vanishes within an instant.
To me light is both a tangible and evanescent medium, if not a language. By fading, shading, moulding and carving the light in my photographs, I try to transform reality and go beyond into an imaginative and intuitive realm. A dreamy meeting point of the palpable, the material, the evocative and the subconscious. My process involves composing layered images that nearly look like drawings, scraping off the innate realism that is embedded in photography, thus creating a twilight zone that enables me and the viewer to traverse into a more sensitive and subliminal world.
I like to explore abstract spaces with no particular reference. Places that cannot be deciphered immediately, but evoke a kind of an altered state of perception. What interests me most, are architectural structures where light can fleet in and out, creating new spaces without delineating what is inside or outside, where concrete walls can become elusive and light as a feather. In capturing the undefined spaces without sense of time, the ‘non-places’ created by the interaction of light and structure, I hope to translate my innermost voice into images, as well as open the viewer to theirs.
Mo Verlaan NETHERLANDS
Biography Mo Verlaan
After graduating from the Rietvelt Art Academy, Mo Verlaan (1963) started out in experimental theatre, creating sets on location as well as performing. Her love for travelling made her accept an offer to provide meals for the performance group The Female Factory as their touring schedule included Moscow. Afterwards Mo and two of her sisters founded the catering company ‘De Drie Gezusters’ (The Three Sisters) catering to national and international film and television crews, providing three-course meals on location from a converted truck. This took her all over the Netherlands, to France, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria and even to the remote Spitsbergen Islands.
Only 7 years ago, Mo’s love for photography made her enter the Photo Academy in Amsterdam. She graduated in 2016 with a joint exhibition Unframed in the creative haven Roest and designed a steel triptych presenting four black and white prints especially for the location. At the same time she launched her first photography book called Resonance in which she explores the impermanence of light, the brief and fleeting beauty of landscapes, architecture and people. Her work is poetic, abstract and expressive.
The series Resonance was chosen as a finalist for The Hariban Award 2016 (Kyoto, Japan)
The series Resonance was selected for The Indian Photography Festival 2016 (Hyderabad, India)
Winner Single Image at The 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2016 Category: Architecture and Bridges (4th Berlin Foto Biennale, Germany)
The book Resonance has been selected for The SCAN Photobooks 2016 Exhibition (Tarragona, Spain)
Portfolio selected for publication in the NEW2017, 100 Best Emerging Dutch Photographers of the year. (This book is initiated by GUP Magazine, the Netherlands) Group exhibition at the 5&33 Gallery (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
The book Resonance has been selected for The Royal Photographic Society Photobook Exhibition 2016 (London/Plymouth/Bradford, UK)
Participant portfolio reviews at the C/O Berlin opening days of the European Month of Photography 2016 (Berlin, Germany) and at The Photographers’ Gallery and The Brighton Photo Biennial 2016 (UK)
The book Resonance selected for The 7th Annual Photo Book Show at The Davis Orton Gallery (Hudson NY, USA and at The Griffin Museum of Photography 2016/2017 (Winchester MA, USA)
The book Resonance exhibited at the Felifa Fola Feria de Libros de Autor for the Felifa Fola International Prize 2016 (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Several works from the series & the book Resonance take part in a group exhibition Editions from Dec 5 – Jan 29 2017 at The Tripp Gallery (London, UK)
The series Resonance received 2 Honorable Mentions (Fine Art/Portfolio and Collage/Portrait) at the Tokyo International Foto Awards 2016 (Tokyo, Japan)
Works from the series Resonance received 4 Honorable Mentions in the category Fine Art at The Monochrome Awards 2016 (USA)
Pop Up group exhibition with the Gallery How it stARTs at the Grand Central Station Utrecht (Netherlands)
Exhibition Solo in Dos from May 21-June 24 2017 at Restaurant DuendeDos (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Pop Up group exhibition from June 6- August 30 2017 with the Gallery How it stARTs at the Snorfabriek (Utrecht,
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