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Mask - Aatjan Renders

Galleries C&H gallery

Tweede Kostverlorenkade 50
1053 SB Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 753 09 64

Open Wed - Sat / 13-18 hrs
+ by appointment

23 Apr — 28 May

Time 23 Apr, 17-19 hrs


Mask, the first solo show of Aatjan Renders.

For the series Mask, Aatjan Renders asked several befriended artists to make a mask, with which he then photographed them. At first glance it seems like the masks hide the identity of their makers, but in fact they are more like an amplification of it. Each mask is an echo of the artists’ ideas about what a mask is supposed to do. Some see it as a means of concealment, while others use it to stand out from the crowd. Their choice of materials and visual language is also very telling of their preferences; so in a way, the masks actually emphasize the makers’ personality. Accordingly, the result is a very intimate yet alienating  portrait series.

When trend watcher Lidewij Edelkoort was asked what would be a conspicuous trend in the coming years, she answered: ‘Masks’. They are generally used to cover something op, whether that be a physical or abstract trait. In social media, for example, one usually only shows the positive or successful parts of life. Edelkoort anticipated a continuation of this trend of masking, where people pretend to be something they’re not. In the series Mask Renders inverts this practice, using masks to show who his subjects really are.

Aatjan Renders (Eindhoven, 1956) lives and works in Amsterdam. Ever since completing his studies at School of Photography in The Hague, he has been working as an independent photographer, both autonomously and on commission. He has worked for local design agencies and large companies alike, as well as for the Movies that Matter Filmfestival, the Dutch public broadcasting company and for artists such as Folkert de Jong and Remy Jungerman. Renders specializes in portrait photography, both in his free and commissioned work. Mask is the first show in which Renders presents his autonomous work. 


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