Postponed – The Gallery Club presents Re: value

Photography by Emily Bates, Andrei Farcasanu, Margaret Lansink & René van Hulst

30 October – 1 November 2020
@ Sotheby’s, Emmalaan 23, Amsterdam

The Gallery Club Dinner
Friday, 30 October 2020
Saturday, 31 October 2020
19.00 hrs

Price: € 81 p.p.
Click here to order tickets for 30 October
Click here to order tickets for 31 October

During The Gallery Club Dinner guests will be treated to an evening filled program at Sotheby’s surrounded by beautiful photography, gallery and artist talks, a video slide-show, tunes by Jazzfunked and dinner by Ikaria Food.

We respect the corona safety rules & regulations and therefore have limited capacity available for The Gallery Club Dinner.

Open House
Saturday, 31 October and Sunday, 1 November 2020
13.00 – 18.00 hrs
Free entrance

The maximum group size allowed is 6 persons at one time and facemasks are required inside the exhibition. While the exhibition is open for walk-ins, appointments are kindly requested via e-mail: gili@thegalleryclub.com.

Poetry & Jazz
Sunday, 1 November 2020
17.30 hrs
Free entrance

Please join us for a special Sunday afternoon with poetry & jazz by René van Hulst and Robi Reisinger. Entrance is free, but reservations via gili@thegalleryclub.com are mandatory.

All works are available for purchase.

Emily Bates
During the exhibition Re: value, The Gallery Club presents the series The sky is glowing with the setting sun by photographer Emily Bates. Amami Oshima is the largest of the Amami Islands, set in the East China Sea, with Kakeroma, Shadow Island, nestling beneath it. Bates has ventured there several times, and bonded with some of the women who are preserving the old traditions as best they can. The villages, which are often isolated because of the mountain terrain and dense sub-tropical forests, each have their own rituals and language. The authorities are trying to develop tourism so that young islanders will stay there and have a future.

Andrei Farcasanu
Andrei Farcasanu is a Romanian photographer based in Barcelona, Spain. He works with black and white analog photography, hand made prints, small size. His work focusses on intimate pictorial photography used as a way of investigate the subtle details of everyday life. Through his minimalist photography, the reduced size of his works and the fact that the artist transforms the photos to a level of unique and singular object, the observer – in order to understand the message – has to come closer, to study the details, to slow down the rhythm of modern life. Farcasanu graduated from National University of Arts in Bucharest, Academy of Fine Arts, and majored in painting (2003). He also holds a Masters degree in Photography and Live arts (2005) and a PhD in photography (2013).

Margaret Lansink & René van Hulst
Every moment contains multiple possibilities, though sometimes we cannot feel it. Small decisions, small gestures, and small actions ripple outwards from our bodies into the lives of others, collapsing the many possibilities into the determination of reality. With a casual and careless stroke, we can crush the spirit of another in passing without any awareness of having done so. Equally, we can unknowingly radiate to others the inspiration and joy to live another day. Our deepest acts of both cruelty and kindness may in fact be invisible to us.

In The Kindness of One, photographer Margaret Lansink and poet René van Hulst contemplate the great potential within a single person’s act of kindness. The couple were inspired by events in 1940, during World War II, in which thousands of Jewish people were trapped in Kaunas, Lithuania between the advancing German troops and the Russian army taking over the Baltic states. On July 24th, the Dutch counsel in Kaunas, Jan Zwartendijk, took personal action and, even though he did not know the Jewish refugees, began to issue visas. In only two weeks, he issued 2,345 visas and saved the lives of more than 6,000 people. The Japanese counsel of Kaunas, Sugihara, likewise issued visas that enabled the people to travel through Russia and reach Japan by boat. Compared to the scale of history, most days in modern life are banal, filled with administrative tasks like checking email, doing office work, and running household errands. Yet what is a visa but some small piece of administration?

In her black and white images, Lansink traces the feeling of everyday saviours like Zwartendijk through an intuitive view of Kaunas and Japan. She mixes scenes from ordinary daily life with shots of blurred confusion, and layered scenes with reflections that hold us apart from what we see. In his series of short poems, van Hulst muses on the potential of our human existence: we are all afraid and alone, together. In combination, the photographs and words dwell in the possibility of any given moment for a person to choose fear, apathy, and anger, or to choose compassion and kindness. Gently, they urge for kindness.

Text: Katherine Oktober Matthews