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The first big solo exhibition in the Netherlands by Jan Rosseel opens on 10 December. With Back-up, the Flemish photographer and visual storyteller presents a series of new works dealing with his fascination with our memory and the relationship of this to the formation of images by the media. Based around iconic images such as the beheading of James Foley or 9/11, Rosseel investigates the logic of visual media, the reliability of our memories and how we experience collective events.
For the first time in the Netherlands, the results of this are brought together in the solo exhibition Back-up. An exceptional exhibition process, involving the artist creating new work which he then develops further over a period of a year and a half and then presents at three successive exhibitions, each one with a different focus. These exhibitions will be held in de Brakke Grond in Amsterdam (focus media), Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent (focus psyche) and Stroom Den Haag (focus politics).
Jan Rosseel continued the NIAS tradition of a shared interdisciplinary lunch at Lunch For Thought discussions organised together with De Brakke Grond. During these lunch discussions, he spoke to academics, philosophers, sociologists and also children about memories and the influence the media have on these.
Coming from a background as a journalist, a chef and a student of Chinese, Rosseel graduated in photography from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2013. He was awarded a number of prizes and nominations for Belgian Autumn, including the Dutch Doc Photo Award 2014. His work has been shown in FOAM Amsterdam and Photoville NY, and appeared in publications including de Volkskrant, Vrij Nederland and the Huffington Post. Rosseel has also exhibited in the RPS Gallery in Tokyo, 10b Gallery in Rome and the Antwerp photo museum FoMu. In 2015, he was the first artist-in-residence, a fellowship co-sponsored by the Academy of Arts - KNAW.
The photo shown is from the series On the Aesthetics of Violence. Courtesy: The Ravestijn Gallery.
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