Jap Sam Books, artist Michiel Kluiters and designer Edwin van Gelder (Mainstudio) are excited to announce the book launch of Doorways. Michiel Kluiters at Athenaeum Bookstore in Amsterdam. This publication consists of a collection of recent photographic works by Michiel Kluiters exploring spatiality, beautifully designed by Mainstudio.
Friday September 2nd, 16:00 CET
Spui 14-16 1012 XA Amsterdam
During the launch Maria Barnas will recite from her contribution to the book and you will be able to buy one of the first ever copies at the event and get it signed by the artist. Come by to admire this beautiful new publication and to celebrate the launch with us while enjoying some drinks!
About the publication
With Doorways, visual artist Michiel Kluiters investigates how space (or spatiality) works in photography and how it can become an instrument for narration. A series of photographed spaces open up a conversation and hint at intimate stories. Walls look creaked, roughly textured. They seem to address the hands instead of the eyes: they beg to be touched, to be stroked, to be felt. These spaces look like unfinished buildings or abandoned ruins, still under construction or already in decline. This introduction of a temporal sense – of something that is pointing towards a future completion or to a lingering memory of something that has irrevocably passed – adds to the inherent instability of these works. Are we looking at places that depict a possible dystopian future or the remnants of a utopian past?
About the artist
Michiel Kluiters (1971) is a Dutch visual artist. In his works he questions and reimagines the space that surrounds us and our relationship with it. Although his approach is quite diverse, photography is a constant. Structural elements of it, such as its reproducibility, its so-called transparency and its way of evoking spatiality are at the foundation of his practice. As playful as Kluiters work might be, his aim is to question our idea of what it means to make the world visible through these reproductions. Or rather use photography’s very existence on the borderline between presence and absence to make something both visible and invisible at the same time.
ISBN: 978-94-92852-60-1, price: € 32.-, text: Maria Barnas, Steve Humblet, editor: Eleonoor Jap Sam, graphic design: Mainstudio (Edwin van Gelder), printer: Zwaan Lenoir, number of pages: 128, book size: 24 x 32 cm, binding: softcover, Swiss binding with flaps, language: English, release date: September 2022, publisher: Jap Sam Books.
This publication by Jap Sam Books has been made possible with the support of Mondriaan Fund, Stichting Stokroos and Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.
Pre-order Doorways. Michiel Kluiters now, the publication is almost ready!