Anastasia Samoylova’s work explores notions of environmentalism, consumerism and the picturesque.
At Art Rotterdam we presented a selection of his new series Floridas – a layered portrait of the state and a follow-up to its previous project flood zone. There are seductive contradictions in Florida’s scorching heat and the refuge of excess. The boundary between land and sea is not clear. Florida is swept up in its own myths as the peninsula slowly sinks into the ocean. Samoylova portrays the state as an austere place – culturally, politically, economically and climatically. His imagery carries this austerity quite visibly. The monograph Floridasfeaturing parallel photographs by Anastasia Samoylova and Walker Evans, was recently published by Steidl.
The book will be available on the stand.
In 2022, Samoylova has been shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and will present an extensive solo exhibition at the George Eastman Museum (New York, USA). Recent exhibitions include Kunst Haus Wien (Vienna, AT); Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, USA); HistoryMiami Museum (Miami, USA); Kunsthalle Mannheim (Mannheim, DE); and Le Locle Museum of Fine Arts (Le Locle, CH). His work is in the collections of the Perez Art Museum Miami, the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, and the Wilhelm-Hack Museum, among others.
Satijn Panyigay works with uninhabited spaces, architecture and apparent emptiness. His presentation consists of the series sweet comfortfrom the current project blurred area which reveals the empty exhibition spaces of major Dutch museums. Produced at the request of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, NL), these works show the museum building during one of the major stages of its renovation: the elimination of toxic materials containing asbestos. In the resulting images, the light shines relentlessly, the iconic architectural forms appear without any visual obstruction. Works from sweet comfort may seem dynamic, but silence is at their core.
Recently, the series sweet comfort and blurred area were partially acquired for the collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. A personal exhibition by Satijn Panyigay Glance in the space is currently on display at Museum W (Weert, NL). Past exhibitions include Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, NL); Fotomuseum Den Haag (The Hague, NL); Tot Zover Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Villa Mondriaan (Winterswijk, Netherlands). His work is part of the collections of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Museum Tot Zover, Museum Van Bommel Van Dam and Museum W, among others.
Our presentation will also feature the work of Bart Lunenburg, as an introduction to a new collaboration. In her multidisciplinary practice, Lunenburg approaches buildings and cities as if they had their own memory. A house with two shadows consists of sculptures that explore the cycles of (re)construction of medieval wooden architecture and city fires and plays with the idea of a site as a patchwork. The core of the sculpture is often burned, charred and encapsulated in the new version of the same house – fractal constructions succeeding each other through time. Photographic works of the Healer draw on many examples from the history of epidemics where the air was perceived as a source of contamination. Herbs such as juniper, laurel or thyme were burned to purify and heal the site both in large-scale urban fires and in households. For his abstract compositions, Lunenburg constructs models out of oak and incorporates organic materials, fire and smoke. In an openly interpretable way, this series is about hope and healing, decay and destruction.
He graduated in photography from the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) in 2017 and his work has attracted attention both in the Netherlands and abroad. Past presentations include FOTODOK/Casco Art Institute (Utrecht, NL), Garage Rotterdam (Rotterdam, NL); Fotografiska (Stockholm, SE); Flehite Museum (Amersfoort, NL), P/////AKT (Amsterdam, NL); Outlook at Art Rotterdam; and Unpublished Photography Fair.
In 2022, Lunenburg’s work will be presented at R SPACE (Ljubljana, SL); Kunsthal KAdE (Amersfoort, the Netherlands); Buitenplaats Doornburgh (Maarssen, Netherlands).
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