The Photograph That Took the Place of a Mountain

Tot 30 augustus te bezichtigen op afspraak

Curated by Taco Hidde Bakker

with work by : Paul Kooiker, Jan Hoek, Marie-José Jongerius, Stephan Keppel, Mariken Wessels, Witho Worms, Rein Jelle Terpstra



Celebrating the first anniversary of his essay volume of the same name, for a group show at Vriend van Bavink Gallery essayist Taco Hidde Bakker brings together a selection of photographic works by the seven Amsterdam-based photographers and artists whose work he discusses in his book.

The Photograph That Took the Place of a Mountain features recent and older works by Witho Worms (a coal mountain printed with its own carbon and portraits of a deceased man and woman printed with their own ashes); Marie-José Jongerius (palm trees in Los Angeles); Stephan Keppel (architectural motifs and urban textures from Amsterdam recycled through scanners and printers); Rein Jelle Terpstra (a selection from his collection of amateur black-and-white negatives of Dutch landscapes during WWII in which the war is nearly absent); Paul Kooiker (a diptych from the Eggs and Rarities series); Jan Hoek (collaborative portraits with photographers from Kenia); and Mariken Wessels (works from the Femina Ludens series).


Copies of The Photograph That Took the Place of a Mountain will be available for purchase during the exhibition.


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The Photograph That Took the Place of a Mountain is a diverse collection of writings on the philosophy, politics, and art of photography. Its topics range from the tension between artist and model to the landscapes of the American West, the surfaces of a second-hand New York City, and the predicament of transcultural photography. Taco Hidde Bakker has selected and revised sixteen pieces of writing from a variety of publications spanning the past decade of his journeys through photography and art. In addition, Bakker has written four new pieces for this volume. Often engaging in close collaboration with the artists about whose work he writes, Bakker explores different literary forms in response to their views. The recurring reference to poetry informs the productive friction between images and the words that accrue around them. The Photograph That Took the Place of a Mountain contains writings about artists such as Witho Worms, Onorato & Krebs, Dirk Braeckman, Renato D’Agostin, Tom Callemin, Mariken Wessels, Ken Schles, Stephan Keppel, and Francesca Woodman.