Isabelle Wenzel – Color Cocktail

from Saturday, June 18th, 2011 to Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Color Cocktail
18 June – 23 July 2011

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Isabelle Wenzel, from the Color Cocktail 2011 series

Isabelle Wenzel, from the Color Cocktail 2011 series

Isabelle Wenzel, from the Color Cocktail 2011 series

Isabelle Wenzel, from the Color Cocktail 2011 series

Isabelle Wenzel, from the Color Cocktail 2011 series

Isabelle Wenzel, from the Color Cocktail 2011 series

Isabelle Wenzel, from the Color Cocktail 2011 series

Isabelle Wenzel, from the Color Cocktail 2011 series

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Color Cocktail
(NL+ENG)

Met trots presenteert Aschenbach & Hofland Galleries de tentoonstelling Color Cocktail van Isabelle Wenzel (Wuppertal 1982), te zien op de beide balkons van de galerie.
Isabelle Wenzel studeerde vorig jaar af aan de afdeling fotografie van de Rietveld Academie.
Zij is gefascineerd door de machtsverhouding tussen de fotograaf, haar model en het publiek. Zelf opgeleid tot acrobate, uit zich dat in een serie wrang-komische, acrobatische poses, waarin het model verandert in een object van lust en frustratie.

Color Cocktail is een serie foto’s in verschillende formaten en objecten over dromen over vliegen en lichamen als krachtmachines.

Voor het Virtueel Museum Zuidas maakte zij in september de tentoonstellingBuilding Images die te zien was in de Kunstkapel. Zij werd vorig jaar geselecteerd voor het Internationaal Fotografiefestival te Leipzig en dit jaar werd zij geselecteerd voor de prestigieuze European Exhibition Photo Award 2012 waaraan tentoonstellingen in Hamburg, Parijs en Oslo zijn verbonden.
Over haar werk zegt ze:

(…) Besides from that I’m interested in the borderline between exhibitionism and voyeurism and how this is reflected in the medium of photography. My work deals with the representation of the female body and which conceptions and dogmas are connected to it. I investigate the power distribution between the photographer, the model and the public. What are the roles society assigns to them? What does it mean for a photographer to focus on a motive, what does it mean to pose on the other side of the camera? Traditionally in general understanding the model is considered as female, while a photographer public in general expects to be a male.

Observing and releasing a mechanism is considered as “active” and thus “male”, while posing is revealed as “passive” and thus “female”. This thinking along clichés leads to strict subject/object role distinctions and points to the power and obsession which is connected to the visual sense within western culture. On one hand I use these clichés yet on the other hand I try to break with them at the same time. What happens if a woman observes a woman? Do I – as woman – have a different view onto the female body, or is it impossible to break with traditional forms of representation?

I believe that the subject/object relation is highly performative and modifiable. I ask myself which impact I have onto the model as photographer and vice versa. Am I the one who guides and controls the model or is it the observance of the model which dominates me? My central questions are “Who am I?”, ”What is the object?” and “What relation does exist between us and the observer?”.

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