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Guest-Room

Guest Room is a monthly online exhibition with open submissions curated in real-time by personalities from the international photography scene.

Kim Knoppers

Curator - June 2015

Kim Knoppers (b. 1976, the Netherlands) has been curator at Foam since 2011. She studied art history at the University of Amsterdam and was previously curator at De Beyerd, Center of Contemporary Art. She has curated solo exhibitions with emerging artists like Raphaël Dallaporta, WassinkLundgren, Onorato & Krebs, Jan Hoek, Lorenzo Vitturi, Jan Rosseel, Anika Schwarzlose and established artists as JH Engström, Geert Goiris, Lee Friedlander, Bertien van Manen and Broomberg & Chanarin a.o. Last year she initiated the project Collaborate! for Felix &Foam in which five artist collectives took over a space for one month each. The working process was as important as the end result. Kim is interested in a wide range of photography: from documentary photography to artists working with documentary strategies, from archival material to photography as a research tool. She lives and works in Amsterdam.


Selection by Kim Knoppers

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June 26, 2015

Anastasia Bougiaka Chairs, Serifos, Greece, 2013

It was an enthralling challenge for me to make a selection out of the many uploaded images for my Guestroom. Not that I didn’t feel welcome in my temporary home. It was just so crowded. A lot of interesting images were available. Secondly, it had to do with my job as a museum curator. I make meaning – put in the photograph by the photographer – explicit in the form of physical exhibitions. To look at visual quality, content, context and how it fits into a body of work when trying to understand a photograph is running through my veins. For me the aforementioned conditions are important and I was – PANIC! – missing them when I curated this online exhibition for Der Greif. Some photographers accompanied their images with a short statement but in general there was only the image. The quantity of the entries didn’t allow me to thoroughly investigate the context of the image. Also Der Greif didn’t allow me to use more than one image of the same photographer. I felt lost and I was mad. I had to call myself to order: »Hey, do not make it too difficult. These photographers send in their work voluntarily and allow you to run off with their work.« Realising this gave me tremendous freedom which I enjoyed to the max.

After I had scrolled through all the images a couple of times, I decided to base my choice loosely on keywords. After all man is a being that ultimately wants to be in control. I chose intuitively for archeology, time, cosmos, photography and reproduction. I had the feeling that a lot of images were circling around these themes. I sense there is a link between these keywords even if I cannot figure out exactly what this is yet. Some of the quick thoughts I wrote down while selecting:

• Archeology is the science that – since the dawn of humanity – studies material artefacts in an attempt to reconstruct the past. It emerged as a science in the nineteenth century, as did photography. • The camera was used as a tool to decipher the relation between cultural remains of older civilizations and cultural values. • Both archeology and photography are connected to art and science. • The collective memory is important in both photography and archeology. • In archaeological artifacts and photography time is solidified. • The photographic artefact can be considered as the archeology of the future in wich time is contained.

This is only an early starting point I certainly want to explore in the future. For this I want to thank all participating photographers and of course Der Greif.

June 25, 2015

Stelios Kallinikou Pomegranate tree, Cyprus, 2014
Czar Kristoff Universe, Laguna, Philippines, 2014
Sheung Yiu Photo of the Universe 2, Hong Kong, 2015

June 24, 2015

Lauren Grabelle Cash Flow, Usa, 2013

June 23, 2015

Dorotka Kaczmarek Untitled (from the series All That We See or Seem), Warsaw, 2015
Igor Omulecki Bios - 3, Warsaw, Poland, 2014

June 22, 2015

Andrea S. Neri from the series "Classico Torricelli", Faenza, Italy, 2014
Karina Sternum Views/Correspondence #1, 2014
Daria Prokofyeva The water tower, Inta, Komi ASSR, 1950s, Inta, Komi Assr, 2014

June 21, 2015

Michel Le Belhomme The Two Labyrinths, Nowhere, 2014
Sophie Tiller Der Parasit, Studio, 2011
Olmi Mathilda The seaport , Iceland, 2014

June 20, 2015

Dalia Amara Yellow and Blue Filters, Brooklyn, Ny, 2013
Aso Mohammadi no title, Lausanne Switzerland, 2013

June 19, 2015

Scott Caruth 'Stadio Dei Marmi', Rome, 2015
Denise Ogan Körper, Essen, 2015

June 18, 2015

Sarah Straßmann n.t. (showcase/ basement), Herford, 2015
Rosi Offenbach Es gibt kein richtiges Leben im Falschen., München, 2014
Santiago Perez Tender I, Berlin, 2015

June 17, 2015

Antje Peters 14/47 (XI. Illusion), 2011-2013, 2013
Bernardus Baldus 1-display , Basement Copyshop, 2015
Marjolaine Gallet Untitled, Archival Studies, New York, 2015

June 16, 2015

John Darwell Finnish Road Works, Helsinki, 2014
Gytis Skudzinskas Sketchbook, Ahrenshoop, 2014
Ulrike Schmitz From the project "The Missing Link", 2015

June 15, 2015

Nikolas Ventourakis Brother, Athens, Greece, 2013

June 14, 2015

Mirjana Vrbaski Tier 1, Berlin, 2015
Atu Gélovani Untitled, Georgia,tbilisi, 2015
Nick Geboers Sun/Moon Studies, Belgium, 2014

June 13, 2015

Jan Herdlicka Erdfunkstelle I, Raisting, 2014
Dina Dubrovskaya Untitled, Mordovia, Russia, 2015

June 12, 2015

Tealia Ellis Ritter Untitled (green throw), Created In Milan, Illinois Usa, 2013

June 11, 2015

Alan Knox Universal Sympathy 1, Glasgow, Scotland, 2015