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Pépé Smit

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Le déjeuner sur l'herbe: Life is a picnic, 2010 Inkjet 50 X 34 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Witzenhausen Gallery - NY
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Le déjeuner sur l'herbe, 2003 C Print Different Editions
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Tea/Time still, 2011 Video
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Endless Love still, 2011 Video
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Museum, 2007 C Print 1200 X 725 Mm © pepe smit/ aeroplastics
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Les fleurs du mal, 2003 C Print Different Editions © pepe smit
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Still Tea/Time, 2011 Videostill © Pepe Smit/ witzenhausen gallery
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Quick Facts
Lives in
Amsterdam
Works in
Amsterdam
Schools
Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, 1995
Sandberg Instituut, 1996
Representing galleries
Aeroplastics, Witzenhausen Gallery
Tags
staged photography video-art video-art surrealism photography
Statement

Pépé Smit's work is often not what it looks like at first glance. Misleading sweetness takes you by the hand and leads you into a darker world where hidden power relations are explored.  In a familiar but uncomfortable view on daily life, an innocent ritual like having a cup of tea turns out to be an everlasting stranglehold.

Smit shares the vision of Schopenhauer on boredom, pain and happiness. ‘Boredom’ as a lack of suspense and excitement is seen as the most dreary state man can get to. Love and cruelty are also inseparable. Smit loves to play with these issues in a very ordinary setting. She has a keen eye for the common character of these mechanisms. This reveals itself much stronger in her portrayals than for example in a SM-room. With pleasure Smit explores the clichés and taboos of our society. Clichés as the innocence of children, feminine beauty, motherhood and art itself are all being tackled.

With obvious pleasure and viciousness she plays with the keen eye of the spectator. The contradictions in issues like guilt & innocence, sweet & vicious, lust & punishment which emerge in her work, are all fascinating and alluring because they seem to touch a deeper layer in our consciousness.

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