One important benefit of building a collection is to elaborate on the meaning of artworks through their association with others. As owner and director of Flatland Gallery, Martin Rogge tries not to fall into the pitfalls of what is required or accepted, this show promises to present fresh connections.
Vulnerability displays a rich amount of photographic Works from the Flatland Foundation that invite us to see how these artists allegorize on the inner depth of what is real and an illusory. By showing digitally manipulated photoworks in the same rooms with pure photography this show is not concerned with the question if images are 'real' or manipulated.
What is true or false becomes in this presentation a question that belongs to to the vision of the artists; how they experience our world, how they are vulnerable to it. In a variety of layers the subject of vulnerability is exposed, from the assumptions of happy childhoods or the sublimation of it, the allegory of the loss of one’s individuality in what should be an ‘easy’ society to the vulnerability of society as a whole.
Part of the activities of the Flatland Foundation is to support up-and-coming artists such as the Chinese young artist Yu Xiao and Dutch artist Jaap Scheeren. The Foundation also benefits museums; many works of art from the Foundation were already offered on loan to museums such as the Domus Artium 2002 (Salamanca), the Institut Néerlandais (Paris), Fotomuseum The Hague and the Hangaram Design Museum (Seoul, Korea).