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Bertus Gerssen

Friday 15th of March is the opening of Anesthesie, a dual group exhibition shown at Peer in Gallery and De Grafische Werkplaats

Peer In and De Grafische Werkplaats offered nine photographers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the graphic techniques. During a few weeks they developed new work from their own practice, equipped with the various possibilities of De Grafische Werkplaats.

“The most common strategy to handle the continuous torrent of images is anesthesia – in the literal sense that sensory stimuli no longer penetrates the consciousness” – Mark Greif.

Opening during Hoogtij #56; time: 19:00-23:00
Locations Peer in: Elandstraat 200, Grafische werkplaats Prinsegracht 16

For Hok Gallery I made a portrait of bass player Jah Wobble. In the 70’s and 80s he played with PiL, and later on with other great artists such as Björk and Brian Eno, just to name a few. Jah Wobble, a.k.a. John Wardle will show his artwork for the first time ever. It will be on display from the 26’th of November 2018 till the 5th of January 2019 at Hok Gallery, home of contemporary underground.

In Situ was selected for The Best Dutch Book Designs 2017 by the Student Jury.

I feel honoured that In Situ was chosen by the Jury. From 28th of September In Situ will be part of an ongoing presentation at Stedelijk museum, Amsterdam.

31 books are selected by a panel of students of art academies. They have seen and discussed a total of 342 entries, just as the professional jury has done.
At the end of September a catalogue will be published in a small print run. The design of the catalogue is done by one of the student panel members, Ruby van Vucht. This summer she graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.

The panel consisted of:
Birgit Vredenburg (Hogeschool Utrecht), Patrick Sanders (ArtEZ Arnhem), Auke Lansink (KABK Den Haag), Ruby van Vucht (Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam) en Malkin Gewinner (Werkplaats Typografie Arnhem).

Thursday 24th of May Underdog philosopher Mr Pelham from The Hague will interview photographer Bertus Gerssen about ‘In Situ’ his most recent photoproject. The talk will be about Bertus’ philisophical opinions and his motivations for making this book. They will also talk about creative and technical decisions he made for this project. Of course there will be time to ask questions and to see the exhibition .

You are cordiallly invited at Peer in:

Thursday 24th May 2018 at 19:00

Elandstraat 200
2513 GX Den Haag

At The Grey Space in the Middle In Situ is shown as part of the exhibition VOID,  Graukunst (February 9-16 2018). VOID is a group exhibition of international artists such as Nik Christensen, Harold de Bree, Philip Vervaet, Theis Wendt and is part of the music festival Grauzone 2018, this year it was held (for the second time in The Hague at Paard van Troje, Prins 27 and The Grey Space in the Middle. Some photo’s of In Situ are on display. Copies of In Situ can still be bought there. The finissage with live muziek will take place on Friday February 16 from 17:30 at The Grey Space In The Middle.

Also I will give a lecture at Page Not Found in De Boekhorststraat 25A (inside The shop of Any Frame) Den Haag. I will tell about the origin of In Situ, how I made the book together with designers We Are Amp etc. Please feel welcome to join the lecture, but do enlist at: Page Not Found

Dutch National Portrait Gallery compiled the traveling exhibition FACE TIME for the project Identity in Society for ‘stichting Kunst en Cultuur in Beweging’, in cooperation with NS. In FACE TIME six photographers respond to six paintings of six different museum collections. A new generation of portraitist connect the old and new art and lay a bridge between art and people. FACE TIME shows the importance of reflecting and working on a society in which people are not just tolerant of each other but also respect the ones who deviate from the norm. Each coupled portrait is accompanied by a podcast which can be listened to by scanning the QR-code. In the podcast the museumdirector/curator tells about the painting and the photographer illustrates his or her choice: Who is the other looking you in the eye?

FACE TIME was made for Dutch National Portrait Gallery by curator Hedy van Erp.

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Click here for the podcast of my portrait (dutch only):