28 January - 18 March 2017
Festive opening on Saturday 28 January, 4 - 6 PM. The artist will be present.
Henriëtte van Gasteren, using the artist name Lilith, is a storyteller with a passion for photography. Since 2006, she has used self-portraits to convey her stories. Her recurring themes have been women, identity, female archetypes, gender bending and life itself. Her work is imbibed with the spirit of freedom and equality. Lilith creates humorous and often ironic self-portraits that are often staged in her own home. We will show a selection of two new series: 'Bit Player' and 'Faded Glory'.
'Bit player’ in which Lilith is portraying her relatives, friends and acquaintances in her stories. In these self-portraits, others play the leading role while Lilith plays a supporting role. The self-portraits are about them, their jobs, their hobbies, their environment and the life they lead. Her working method hasn’t changed. She still uses a camera, tripod and remote control.
Just as a house can tell who we are, so can a circle of friends. And in this new series ‘Bit Player’, it is the circle of friends that adds an additional dimension to the stories that Lilith brings to life. It’s all about identity. Are we born with it or are we a product of our environment, of society, of our family, friends and enemy’s? It’s also a question about freedom. Are we ever truly free or do we (automatically) adapt? Once again, while her photography is changing and evolving, it's wit, insight and humanism make it unmistakably ´Lilith´.
And in her latest series of self portraits, 'Faded Glory', she shows us the beauty of decay. Decay of flowers, plants, her body. We can't live forever and Lilith accepts it as a gift that there's a beginning and an end to every life. And there's beauty in every part of every life.
Partly simultanious with our show, there will also be an exhibition of Lilith’s work in CODA Museum in Apeldoorn. From 29 January up until 28 May 2017: Under My Skin. They will show (another) selection of 4 series and 4 videos. It’s a great pleasure to be able to show so much work together with CODA.