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07.03.2012

 

GoSee Tip : Let's Sit Down Before We Go by Bertien van Manen at Foam Amsterdam

‘Let's Sit Down Before We Go’ is the title of the solo exhibition by Bertien van Manen (1942).

Over 60 photographs from the years 1991 to 2009 are part of the exhibition, taken in Russia, Moldavia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Tatarstan and Georgia.

However, the photographer not only travelled to the countries and snapped away, but also lived with the native people, which more often than not gaze at us through the camera lens. They learned their language, their habits and their way of life. Sometimes, friendship blossomed during these precious and respectful encounters.

The title 'Let's Sit Down Before We Go' goes back to an old Russian tradition: Before you embark on a journey, take a moment and think about where you are coming from, where you are going – and why you are leaving.

Bertien stopped travelling in 2010 for personal reasons. Hence, she and photographer Stephen Gill finally had the time to view through their 15,000 negatives.

She was more than surprised that life outside big cities has not changed a bit over the years she created the images, almost as if the clocks have stopped…

Biography - Bertien van Manen’s work has been displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Photographers Gallery (London) and Photo Museum Winterthur. Her work is included in major international collections such as Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris) and The Metropolitan Museum of Photographie (Tokyo). Bertien van Manen lives and works in Amsterdam.


Bertien van Manen - Let's sit down before we go
Foam
19 March 2012 - 24 June 2012
10 am - 6 pm, Thurs
Fri 10 am - 9 pm.
Tickets: € 8,50
Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)

LETS SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO by Bertien van Manen (Foam)