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Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

25 april - 30 mei 2015, Gallery Joey Ramone


The exhibition "Now you see me, now you don't" is based on the material gathered during a two months working period in Brooklyn NY (Nov 2014- Jan 2015). marjolijn kok started working with cutouts from second hand books that created silhouettes, negative spaces. Although the silhouette from the 18th century onward was a way to create the best-liking portrait of a loved one for an affordable prize, nowadays the silhouette is seen different due to the advent of photography where a portrait is life-like. For us the cutout or silhouette anonymizes the person in the photograph and he/she becomes no one and therefore could be anyone.


The work plays with Roland Barthes' concept of 'punctum". Barthes sees the punctum as an unintentional detail that draws you into a photograph and makes you engage with it on a deeper level (love it instead of just analyzing it). The cutouts deliberately create a new focus that hides instead of reveals the subject and shifts the focus in the photograph to the fringes.


The best way to get to know a city is to walk it streets, to wander. Expanding the idea of the punctum marjolijn made the chance occurrences the central point from which to depart. Investigating the negative spaces, the overlooked and creating fantasies of what might have been or could come into bloom. Redirecting the focus and developing scenarios in which the things, we no longer take an interest in, take the main stage. Shifting between temporal and spatial contexts new meanings are unfolded. Histories of others are intertwined with our own as the remnants could be part of anybody's life and so become part of everybody's present.

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