The Gallery Club at Unseen Amsterdam

We proudly present photographer Iwan Baan during Unseen Amsterdam from 15 – 18 September 2022 in the Gashouder.

For our first presentation at Unseen Amsterdam we have curated a solo exhibition with Baan’s series Momentum of Light, a collaboration with architect Francis Kéré, the 2022 laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Opening hours Unseen Amsterdam 2022

Invitation only:
Thursday 15 September
VIP Preview 14.00 – 17.00
Opening Night 17.00 – 22.00

Public opening hours:
Friday 16 September, 11.00 – 21.00
Saturday 17 September, 11.00 – 19.00
Sunday 18 September, 11.00 – 19.00

Gashouder / Westergas, Klönneplein, Amsterdam

About Momentum of Light

Across the African continent, but especially in the the sub-Saharan region, the light provided by the sun has a particularly stark quality – a fact that becomes apparent in traditional buildings and in the way sunlight shapes the daily routines of their inhabitants. With no artificial light, architecture had to make use of sunlight to create a light source within a building, yet at the same time it had to protect the inhabitants of a house from its intensity. The result is a vernacular architecture that works with very few or small openings. They render the inside of a building nearly pitch black while the outside is illuminated by glaring sunshine.

On the initiative of the lighting company Zumtobel Group, photographer Iwan Baan and architect Francis Kéré, who was born and raised in this light environment and whose architecture is inspired by it, set out to capture how the sun’s natural light cycle shapes vernacular architecture in Burkina Faso.

The exhibition is accompanied by a book, published by Lars Müller, in which Iwan Baan’s pictures are accompanied by architectural sketches from Francis Kéré. We will have several signed copies available at Unseen Amsterdam.

For more information about Iwan Baan, his project Momentum of Light and the price list please click here.