Sympathy or antipathy? A reflection of the psyche or simply the surface? The individual photographic portrait is more that just an image of the human countenance and its emotional expression. It always represents a specific identity at a particular moment in time – and shows above all the way in which photographed persons would like themselves to be seen. As a result, the format of an image is often more interesting and meaningful than the actual portraited person. How is identity construed photographically – and for what purpose? Which are the conscious statements of a portrait and which are the subtle ones? In which social context is identity made public and transformed? When is a portrait considered important at all? In his works, the Dutch photographer Willem Popelier examines the visual subtext of images and shows the private and public approach to photographic portraits. He challenges our familiar ways of seeing in a playful and subtle way, explores the limits of what is comprehensible in identity photography and reveals the visual mechanisms employed by the media.
C/O Berlin will present five selected series from his complete works:
This is me & This is me, Rejected Identities, Osama Papers, Obscured Classified Document, Your Weekly Address