The group exhibition Belicht/Illuminated displays the work of four different, young artists who all make use of photography and film. Illumination and interspaces are elements that are brought to the foreground - be it implicitly or explicitly - in the works of Yasmijn Karhof, Zakia el Abodi, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, and Rumiko Hagiwara.
In Yasmijn Karhof's (Edam, 1974) video work EYE (2006) the space between two lovers is subject. The video shows a man looking with contemplation at a woman, who can't be seen on the screen. Then the camera zooms in on the man's eye that slowly begins to fill the whole screen. A reflection of the women is now visible in the eye. We are witnessing an intimate contact between two people but, at the same time, are restricted in our perception by the limitations of the screen.
Reflection is something that also applies to the work of Zakia el Abodi (Laren, 1983). El Abodi collects objects in recycle-stores, makes compositions out of these found items, and finally makes photographs of the resulting installations. Her first work is a collage of mirrors and photos of vases. Here, recycling and reflection are key concepts. Her second work is a photo, which has a very clean composition, displayed on a LCD-screen. The atmosphere, though, is far from abstract. In fact it is quite a narrative picture: The photo almost appears to be a film still. El Abodi graduated in 2008 from the Rietveld Academie.
The two photos by Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc (Paris, French Guiana, 1977) are taken in the tropical forest of Devils Island, of the coast of French Guiana. These photos are shot during the night, where a lamp illuminates a certain detail or makes visible undefined places in the jungle. No Man's Land or, to use the title of the photos: Terra Nullius. This title also refers to the colonial era, when European powers deemed it legitimate to claim 'uncultivated lands'. Kleyebe Abonnenc photographed this island, because of its 'guilty' past. The beholder only has a suspicion of this history.
Rumiko Hagiwara (Tomioka, Japan, 1979) guides our attention to details that we do not notice in everyday life. In a minimalist way, Hagiwara marks five different spots in the gallery. Hagiwara is momentarily artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Visual Arts) in Amsterdam.