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Exhibition: – 29 May 2011
1016 EK Amsterdam
BERT TEUNISSEN - TRAVELOG
In 2006/2007 Bert Teunissen exhibited in Huis Marseille for the first time with roughly sixty photographs from his Domestic Landscape archive, which then consisted of 250 images. Now this archive is about fifteen years old and comprises visual material from nearly every country in Europe. It is a personal archive, based on Teunissen's passion for peasant life and especially for the way in which daylight sets its tone. His specific focus is the semi- darkness in these rural dwellings which causes the inhabitants and furniture in them to become a graphic entity. Both the exhibition and the publication Domestic Landscapes (Aperture, 2007) received considerable attention and publicity at that time.
Lesser known yet equally intense are the photographs made by Bert Teunissen on his way to the locations. Travelog consists solely of travel impressions in black & white, taken with a hand-held camera. Rich in contrast, this is an almost filmic account of being on the road. The work is being shown at Huis Marseille for the first time and in connection with that of Marrigje de Maar. Travelog is not so much an archive, as Domestic Landscapes is, but rather a collection of Teunissen's impressions while travelling and being on vacation. It could perhaps be described as one immense photographic sketchbook, which began in 2003 with his first trip to Japan. From that point on, he simply continued. Bert Teunissen has proven to be a born collector: not only of photographs, archive material and these snapshots, but also of handmade tools, household goods, preserve jars, preserved food. Literally everything related to his trips is meticulously listed and stored away. For this modest exhibition Teunissen arranged his photographs and diary excerpts by trip, his ultimate aim being to produce a complete series of travel books with them. For the exhibition he hopes to have finished the first two volumes of his eighteen planned publications. As an anthology Travelog is so pure that the intensity of observation and the dynamics that abound in it have a strong symbiosis with the works in Marrigje de Maar's exhibition.
Bert Teunissen (Ruurlo 1959). In 2008 the book Domestic Landscapes, A portrait of Europeans at home, ed. Aperture, New York 2007 and Kerber Verlag Bielefeld 2007, was granted the PDN's Annual Photography Award and the Prix de la Photographie, Paris. The exhibition Domestic Landscapes began at Huis Marseille in 2006 and travelled to The Photographers' Gallery in London, Aperture Gallery in New York, Museum Haus Esters in Krefeld and the Contact Photo Festival in Toronto. The European Cultural Foundation made the completion of the Domestic Landscapes archive possible. See also: www.bertteunissen.com
Bert Teunissen, Travelog parts 1 and 2, published by the artist
The exhibition will be opened by Anna Tilroe (art critic for de Volkskrant, author and curator of Sonsbeek 2008) on Friday 4 March 2011 (5 - 7 pm).