© Gerald van der Kaap. Courtesy de l'artiste et Marian Goodman Gallery
Rineke Dijkstra

© Gerald van der Kaap. Courtesy de l'artiste et Marian Goodman Gallery

Rineke Dijkstra

Born in 1959, in Sittard (Netherlands)

Lives and works in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Rineke Dijkstra has been revisiting the portraiture genre since the early 1990s.

She uses photography and video to explore the truth through her young subjects: teenagers, freshly recruited soldiers, amateur toreadors, women giving birth. In their faces and poses she records signs of their confrontation with their changing bodies. These anonymous subjects retain a mystery, paradoxically maintained by the treatment of the image: the frontal framing, with crude or subdued lighting, maintains a distance. For Dijkstra it is not as important to record reality as to capture by surprise, almost without the subject realising, a growing awareness.

Selected Bibliography

Gaensheimer, Susanne ; Gorschlüter, Peter ; Den Hartog Jager, Hans... [et al.]. Rineke Dijkstra : the krazy house : [exhibition, MMK Museum fûr Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, 23.02.-26.05.2013]. Frankfurt am Main : Museum für Moderne Kunst, 2013. 

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