Eddo Hartmann and Ari Versluis
Wednesday, 20. 3. 2019, from 1pm - 3pm
MEDIUM Gallery, Hviezdoslavovo nám. 18, Bratislava
Lectures are organised within the cooperation between Academy of Fine Arts and Design and Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague. In organisation of Medium gallery, Department of Photography and New Media and Department of Visual Communication, AFAD.
Eddo Hartmann (1973, the Hague) lives and works in Amsterdam. He graduated with distinctions from the Department of Photography at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK). Hartmann claims that his approach is grounded in the 19th century photographic tradition. He takes careful consideration for gaining detail wherever possible. His cityscapes, interiors and portraits show this intensive effort. The skill, patience and unrelenting point of view make Hartmann’s photographs intimate and epic at the same time.
Photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 21 years. Rotterdam’s heterogeneous, multicultural street scene remains a major source of inspiration for Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, although since 1998 they have also worked in many cities abroad.
They call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people’s attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element.