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Onoaida 8, 30°17’59”N 130°31’49”E, Onoaida Trail, Yakushima, Japan, Fall, 2 October, 2016, 2016 Chromogenic Print 41 X 51 In.
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Onoaida 6, 30°17’59”N 130°31’49”E, Onoaida Trail, Yakushima, Japan, Fall, 2 October, 2016, 2016 Chromogenic Print 41 X 51 In.
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Lilliehöökfjorden 2, 79°14’30.8”N 11°41’32.2”E, Krossfjorden, Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park, Svalbard, Norway, Summer, 18 August, 2016, 2016 Chromogenic Print 50 X 63 In.
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Langisjór 2, 63°58’11”N 18°41’6”W, Road F235, Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður, Iceland, Summer, 17 August, 2015, 2015 Chromogenic Print 63 X 79 In.
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Nordvågen 2, 79°00’19.2”N 12°01’47.6”E, Blomstrandbreen, Svalbard, Norway, Summer, 18 August, 2016, 2016 Chromogenic Print 50 X 63 In.
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Onoaida 12, 30°18’1”N 130°31’28”E, Onoaida Trail, Yakushima, Japan, Fall, 2 October, 2016, 2016 Chromogenic Print 63 X 79 In.
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Gymnastic Hall, Swimming Hall, 78°39’20.9”N 16°18’24.1”E Pyramiden, Svalbard, Summer, 25 August, 2016, 2016 Chromogenic Print 41 X 51 In.
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Room with Drawing 1, The Culture House, 78°39’20.9”N 16°18’24.1”E, Pyramiden, Svalbard, Norway, Summer, 22 August, 2016, 2016 Chromogenic Print 41 X 51 In.
Unwired

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June 1st - August 17th

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Benrubi Gallery is proud to present Unwired , the latest solo exhibition

from internationally acclaimed photographer Jacqueline Hassink. Unwired

was born from Hassink’s desire to find places that offer neither cell

phone reception nor wifi capability. The result is a series of arresting

landscapes and interiors which stand in deliberate contrast to iPortrait

(on view in the project room), featuring photographs of public

transportation users in Shanghai, Moscow, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Paris

and London.

For the photographs in Unwired , Hassink traveled to six locations globally

as far afield as Yakushima, an island in the extreme south of Japan, and Svalbard, a Norwegian island near the

Polar Circle. The landscapes are an intense study in blues and greens, by turns vivid and subdued, and shifting

perspectives and horizon lines, some immeasurably vast, others foreshortened by curtains of vegetation. The

contrasts make the viewer acutely conscious both of his or her body and its relationship to space. If the

immediate effect is isolating, it gradually relaxes into the sense of being part of a different kind of network,

global in the most literal sense of being “of the earth.” This feeling carries over into the exhibition’s two

interiors, both of which emphasize the viewer’s perspective and the experience of looking, as well as the

natural processes of decay and dilapidation. The message is clear: the things people make can be beautiful

and useful, but they’re temporary. On the one hand, this reflects an awareness mono no aware, the Japanese

aesthetic of the awareness of impermanence, but when we relate it back to the threatened environments in

the landscapes we see a more pointed critique of an industrialized society.

This sense is only heightened by iPortrait , itself shot on several iPhones, that features images of subway riders

using their smartphones. The environments are crowded but the photographs communicate the isolation of

people lost inside their screens. In contrast to the feeling of connectivity that smart phone and

communications companies relentlessly sell us, we see a series of individual cut off both from their immediate

surroundings and, as suggested by the vast urban areas these means of transportation cover, the places they

live as well. People interact not with their world but an idea of it, and in so doing may lose themselves as well.

Jacqueline Hassink (b. 1966, Netherlands) Hassink’s work has been widely collected and exhibited, including

shows at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam; Fotomuseum Winterthur; ICP in New York and the Museum of

Photographic Arts in San Diego; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum for Photography; The Photographers’ Gallery, the

Victoria and Albert Museum and the Saatchi Gallery in London; the Guangzhou Museum of Modern Art,

Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain (France) and recently at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam.

It has also appeared in such publications as The Financial Times, Le Monde, The New York Times, The New

Yorker, El Pais, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Süddeutsche Zeitung, De Standaard, NZZ, Newsweek, Fortune,

and Wired. She is the winner of the Rencontres d'Arles 2002 Unlimited Award and the Dutch Doc Award 2013.

She was shortlisted for Prix Pictet 2012, one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the world. In 2013

she was shortlisted for the Henri Cartier Bresson Award. In 2017 she won the Dutch Design Award  for the app

White Spots  that was developed by Richard Vijgen in collaboration with Bregtje van der Haak. This year her

book Unwired  is shortlisted for the PHotoESPAÑA 2018 Best Photography Book of the Year Award.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a book Unwired . The book is designed by Irma Boom and published by

Hatje Cantz.

 

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Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm. We will be closed May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

Summer Hours: June 18 - September 3: Monday - Thursday: 10am - 5pm, Friday: 10am - 2pm