We are proud to announce the opening of a new artist-run gallery in Amsterdam.
The first exhibition is devoted to photography, but doesn’t show any photographs. None at all!
This is a conscious gesture to stop for a moment the continuous flood of the images, at least in this particular space and time, drawing a line under the current state of atrophy within the medium. The world is oversaturated and numbed by the amount of images produced every day – even though most of them repeat cliches, or continue the flow of “fast food, fast culture, fast (instant) photos”. In all of this we lost the power of photography and it’s initial magical qualities (intuition, moment, connection with the world, empathy).
We try to imagine what the world would have become if the all the images would suddenly disappear from newspapers, screens, exhibitions and photo albums. Probably humanity wouldn’t even notice because images have already become a part of daily abstraction (shield from the reality itself), and the archetypes are directly recreated by our brains, by reading a caption, without looking at the picture itself.
We create a sanctuary of contemplation on the meaningful absence of images. to refresh our views, reflect, deconstruct the idea of photography itself, and maybe as a result to work out a new, more conscious approach.
The gallery is run by non-profit organization Dostoevsky Photography Society.
Dostoevsky Photography Society brings together Russian and international, photographers, artists, filmmakers and graphic designers, working in close intellectual proximity to one another and articulates a group dynamic built upon multifaceted working methods, collaboration and an interest in material transformation, with special attention to production of photobooks.
Dosteovsky Gallery feature photography, installation, new media and points towards a way of working informed by the vernacular of technological landscapes and an openness to collaborative exchange and encourage production and presentation of photobooks and zines together with exhibitions.
Establishing a timely discourse that asks questions about the dissolving of photography media, and homogenization of information and the use of photography language as artist material, Dostoevsky Gallery encourages a fluid and immersive reading of the way in which the artists work.
The gallery is combined with an artists residency, where the artists not only exhibit their works, but have time for research, production and/or post-production.
The gallery is open to diverse audiences and has the ambition of finding and nurturing new names, expanding current notions of traditional art space, deconstructing the rules of the art-market, and merging artist’s daily practice with gallery-keeping.
Adress: Kruitberg 1002a, 1104CA Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 6 474 98 98 3
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Besides the exhibition inside the gallery, there is an open-air living room (!!) on the pavement outside, with new photo books by Dostoevsky Publishing& Friends, tea& coffee, and other refreshments.
Opening ceremony: Friday, 19 June, 17:00 – 20:00
Open to the public during Open Art Route, Zuidoost:
Saturday, 20 June and Sunday, 21 June 12:00 – 18:00
During the months of June and July open every Saturday 12:00 – 18:00 or on appointment.
Locatie: Kruitberg 1002a, 1104CA Amsterdam, Netherlands