Leo Divendal…… Photographer, publisher, gallery owner, writer, musician, artist book maker, bookseller and antiquarian.
Why this blog on Leo Divendal, first of ll it is rare that so many talents have come together within one person and…..then there is of course the connection with the Gemeentemuseum where Divendal curated some 20 years ago, together with Willem van Zoetendaal some exhibitions in the Fotokabinetten.
The second reason is that i bought a Divendal special publication recently. Het Glazen Oog is a Divendal special from 1991 which features some of the greatest dutch photographers from last century.
But possibly the main reason is that i noticed that Divendal and i have the same approach to art and artists and that the both of us like the same artists and have an admiration for them. Here is the link to the Leo Divendal site ( https://www.leodivendal.nl/atelier/) in which you can discover all those nice publications which many of them are also available at http://www.ftn-books.com
I met Marjoleine Boonstra during the time she had her exhibition in the FOTOKABINETTEN series of exhibitions at the Gemeentemuseum and discovered that she not only is a gifted photographer but she also makes intrigueing documentaries. Many of these have been shown on the IDFA documentary festival and the one i specially found beautiful but in the meantime an eye opener was the “Britanya” documentary . The subject…. Fugitives from Iran who are trying to reach Great Britain.
But there is one that i find the very best of all …..it is the documentary on MARK ROTHKO
“THE SILENCE OF MARK ROTHKO” and it can be found here:
There are not that many publications, but there is one which is available at http://www.ftn-books.com. A beautiful small publication designed by Willem van Zoetendaal and one from the series on Dutch photographers who exhibited in the Fotokabinetten series.
Willem van Zoetendaal made me look more careful at the photographs by Sara Blokland. It was at the time he was invited by Hans Locher to curate the Fotokabinetten exhibitions at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. It was at that time that i began to realizxe and see that photography was a very interesting and highly personal search for the inner soul of the photographed. The persons depicted in the photograph were not ordinary models but their appearance reflected their inner soul. Koos Breukel was one of them and surely Sara Blokland was the other with whom i experienced this.
Sara Blokland (1969 NL) is a visual artist, independant researcher and curator of photography. She lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied at the Rietveld Academy (BA in photography) and graduated at the Sandberg Institute (MFA photography and video) in the Netherlands and a MA in Film and Photographic Studies from the Leiden University.
As a visual artist she is predominately working with photography. Her work reflects on the complicated role of this medium in relation to the histories of individuals, the concept of ‘family’ and culture heritage. Blokland’s films and photographic works have a strong focus on the portrait and landscape as part of identity and memory. Internationally her work has been exhibited in venues such as Kumho Museum (Seoul, Korea) and Gallery Lmak-projects (New York) the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art (Arnhem, Netherlands) and Gemeentemuseum The Hague (Netherlands). Her work is part of several private and public collections, such as the ABN-AMRO Collection, the Rabobank Collection, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and Gemeentemuseum The Hague. She was also the photographer and editor of the book Van Waarde [Of Value] (2008) and the photographer of the publication The Surinam Police Band (2009).
Since 2009, she is the co-founder and co-director of UNFIXED Projects. The organization aims to create platforms for dialogue about photography, contemporary art and theory with a strong focus on cultural identity. In 2010 UNFIXED projects organized in cooperation with the Center for Contemporary Art Dordrecht in the Netherlands, the UNFIXED exhibition, artist-residency , workshop and symposium. Sara co-edited the publication: UNFIXED – photography and post colonial perspectives in contemporary art, which was co-published by Jap Sam Book in Spring 2012.
www.ftn-books.com has a very nice Sara Blokland publication available which was published by Willem van Zoetendaal.
The first time i saw work by Kooiker was about 15 years ago and he never stops to amaze and surprise me. His first exhibitions were with Willem van Zoetendaal in Amsterdam and during that time he was first presented as one of the upcoming and leading photographers in the Netherlands. Together with Arno Nollen he was considered to have a highly original point of view on contemporary photography and because of his subjects ( young and older women ) he was presented in an exhibition in the Fotomuseum together with the godfather of this kind of photography…. Gerards Petrus Fieret.
The book on Hotel New York was printed in a very small edition and is one of the nicest collectable photography books i have encountered in recent years. Beautiful publication which was presented to the residents of Hotel New York Rotterdam as a reminder of their stay. Text and photography, design and printwork all are excellent. Hard to find….. but still available at www.ftn-books.com
Artist/ Author: Oliver Boberg
Title : Memorial
Publisher: Oliver Boberg
Measurements: Frame measures 51 x 42 cm. original C print is 35 x 25 cm.
signed by Oliver Boberg in pen and numbered 14/20 from an edition of 20