Private life / Public space
May 20 – June 25, 2016
June 23, 5.30 pm: artists talk with introduction of philosopher Naomi Jacobs
The anonymity gained from living in crowded cities, enables us to watch each other without being noticed. While watching each other, we get a glimpse of the private lifes of people moving in the public space. Since its invention, the camera has often been used to preserve such voyeuristic acts. However, the street photographer always remains partly an outsider, he observes and records life on the streets but can never be an integral part of what he is observing. The participating artists of this exhibition attempt to capture movements and behavior of people in cities and in crowded spaces, they explore how the behavior of people is related to the city they are part of.
In this exhibition Bas Losekootpresents a visual essay in which he provides insight in the psychological journey of commuters in modern megacities and how the fast growing population density influences the behavior of the inhabitants in these cities. Placing his camera in the liminal spaces of the city, he is addressing the state of in-between-ness of the modern urban experience. With an intuitive eye, he observes the ‘presentation of self’ and ‘micro-second meetings’ that everyday urban encounters prevail. Using a cinematic apparatus, he succeeds to capture details out of the everyday that normally remain unseen; displaying an intimate thought-provoking vision on private lives in the public domain.
Seelevel Gallery displays works by four different artist who are concerned with the movements and behavior of people in cities and crowded spaces: Bas Losekoot, Maarten van Schaik, Tanja Engelberts and Sander Foederer.