With a career spanning more than three decades, Rineke Dijkstra has established her reputation with an incredible sensitivity to the ethical and creative contract put in place when an artist sets out to capture the appearance and personality of a human subject with the camera lens, whether as still or moving images. Her work poses essential questions about the ways in which people present themselves to be seen, and the ways in which this auto-representation changes over time, through age and experience, and through learned codes of socialisation.
Included in a curatorial presentation focused on youth, adolescence and associated questions of spectatorship, the MEP will show two single-channel and two-three channel immersive installations, including the key works Ruth Drawing Picasso, 2009, I See a Woman Crying (The Weeping Woman), 2009, Marianna (The Fairy Doll), 2014, and The Gymschool, St Petersburg, 2014, alongside a selection of photographs.
Maya Rochat creates visual montages in highly saturated colours combining natural motifs and abstract painting. Her photographs of plants, rocks and rivers provide a basis for her experimentation. She layers images, digitally or physically altering them and amplifying their use and meaning by playing with transparency, texture and colour.
Inspired by nature in its varying forms and scales, Maya Rochat engages in a poetic reflection on the beauty of the world around us, its substance and transformation. She also examines the place that humans occupy within it by evoking pollution – chemical, as well as visual – through the endless flow of digital images. The artist invites visitors to enter her dreamlike universe that offers an appreciable alternative to representations of a world in crisis, which she seeks to enchant anew.
At the MEP Studio
Rosa Joly — Auf dem Zahnfleisch from 07.06 – 16.07.2023
Rachel Fleminger Hudson from 21.07 – 01.10.2023
Prix Dior de la Photographie et des Arts Visuels pour Jeunes Talents
Left : Anna, The Gymschool, 2014 © Rineke Dijkstra – Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris and New York
Right : Maya Rochat, A Rock is a river (Meta Tree), 2017. Courtesy of the artist