Aram Tanis (1978) was born in Seoul and grew up in The Netherlands. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and De Ateliers in Amsterdam.
Isolation and standardization are important themes in his work. He also wants to make people aware of subjects they often pass by or ignore. Important motifs in his work are buildings and the urban landscape. By photographing them, Tanis wants to capture the anonymity of the contemporary urban environment and the isolation of the people who live in it.
His work about people and everyday objects also refers to this theme. He wants to show the less attractive side of life. The (social) media inundates us with stereotypes. People need to meet a certain standard to be found ‘normal’. One must keep a certain lifestyle, which is ‘accepted’. The media determines how people judge things. It provides a standardization in society. Tanis feels drawn to the anti-glamour of the world we live in, therefore wants to show the other side and go beyond the façade.
Yamandú Roos (1978) is a photographer and artist living in Amsterdam. In 2005 he embarked on the project that became EUROPEANS: one continent, forty countries, 65,000 kilometers. Photographs in color and in black & white captured the quotidian and the otherworldly, the intimate and the strange, the everyday and the marginal. The book – a record of a found continent – appeared in June 2015. But beyond the book, EUROPEANS is also a massive photographic archive of people and places.
In Amsterdam, Yamandú also maintains an ever-expanding series of portraits: studies of character, shadow, and expression. This project is the inverse of EUROPEANS: one city, its denizens and its passers-through.
Yamandú’s other medium is not photography but wood and earth. He first traveled to Japan in 2015 and began to experiment with natural farming in the tradition of Masanobu Fukuoka. He has returned to Japan as Kamiyama artist in residence, working with printing, wood sculpture, and video installation. In December 2019 Yamandú concluded his year with an exhibition for only one person at De Appel in Amsterdam. Prints of Yamandú’s residency at Kamiyama will be exhibited in the exhibition.
Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Moriyama and Issei Suda (in collaboration with IBASHO gallery)
Especially for the exhibition Reflection | 反映 The Gallery Club has selected the work of three Japanese photographers in collaboration with IBASHO gallery from Antwerp, who are specialized in Japanese photography.
Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Moriyama and Issei Suda are the founders of contemporary Japanese photography. They have influenced many generations of photographers all over the world. Post-war Japan was an omnipresent theme in their work. Probably the most famous photographer of this trio is Daido Moriyama, who studied with Eikoh Hosoe and is well known for his stark black and white photography. Moriyama’s photography style was characterized “are, bure, boke”, which translates from Japanese into “rough, blurred and out-of-focus”.