Galerie Ron Mandos Amsterdam presents in collaboration with Dream Amsterdam Foundation, a wondrous photographic exposition by the lauded Danish artist Peter Funch. Showcased will be ‘Amsterdam Stories’ a brand new series of uncanny city scenes shot at 15 different locations in the Dutch capital, as well as the recent series ‘Babel Tales’ taken in Funch’s adopted city, New York.
Peter Funch (1974, Copenhagen, Denmark) has established himself as one of Denmark’s most interesting contemporary art photographers. Ever since he graduated from the Danish School of Journalism in 2000 his works have been hailed by both audience and various prize committees. The photographic Series Babel Tales consolidates his almost anthropological ability to create patterns in the world’s haphazardness and at the same time it emphasizes his desire to challenge the beholder’s understanding of “reality” and “fiction”.
Every picture was taken during a span of 10-14 days from twelve different street corners in New York. At first glance the pictures resemble random snapshots of the often-photographed streets of New York. But on closer examination the pictures expand and blossom into colourful anecdotes about contingent details that suddenly become the glue which keeps the street scene together. For the Dream Amsterdam project Funch has created Amsterdam Stories a series of photographs, taken over a period of 6 weeks in 15 specific locations in the Dutch capital. The works illustrate the diversity of Dutch society: for Funch an art project ‘about the people and for the people’. Peter Funch will create in conjunction to this exposition a site-specific art project for Dream Amsterdam located at Amsterdam’s prestigious Museumplein from June 5 until August 31, 2009. Next to this Funch will give a lecture detailing the themes of his work on Saturday the 6th of June in Galerie Ron Mandos. Tickets cost €15 and are available at www.dreamamsterdam.nl. A detailed map of his site-specific work will also be available here from June 5.
Peter Funch lives and works in New York. He has been awarded an array of international art prizes and his work has been shown at museums, galleries, festivals and art fairs the world over: the Photography Festival Arles, Zoo Art Fair London and the VOLTA show in Basel en New York to name but a few. ‘Amsterdam Stories’ is his first grand-scale work in the public space and a new step in his artistic career.