Dutch photographer Ellen Kooi’s (b. 1962) theatrical images challenge assumed perceptions of the world and transform bleak landscapes into dramatic stories. Playing with the relationship between fantasy and reality, the works focus on a female protagonist in the natural environment. Shot in the Netherlands, the photographs often present a brooding sky and unsettled scenery in order to re ect the inner turmoil of the human subjects. Kooi’s background in documenting theatre and dance is evident in her central characters who are often in motion or seem pensive and thoughtful. This ability to add narrative to familiar scenery pulls the creations away from the everyday and plunges them into a magical environment where colours are increasingly vivid, shapes are all the more pronounced and nature takes on a wilder expression. Kooi’s work has been exhibited across the world with the most recent presentation, Solo, in France and Italy. www.ellenkooi.nl.
Cathleen Naundorf: Noah's Ark, Hamiltons Gallery
Noah’s Ark goes haute couture in Hamiltons’ current exhibition with Paris-based photographer Cathleen Naundorf. Taxidermy animals are propped next to models clothed in iconic fashion designs.
Thanks to a programming policy that favours unpublished works, Rencontres d’Arles has been a leader in disseminating some of the world’s best photography.
William Klein + Daido Moriyama
Klein + Moriyama examines the importance of the urban environment for two of post-war photography’s most compelling and elusive figures.
Drainpipes and concrete cohere with clean lines, and compositions disappear into a clear-blue sky that references the enhanced nature of advertisements.
Returning to the plastic creatures and vibrant colours of the amusement park during twilight, Eleonora Ronconi discovers a haunting environment.