Jewish artist: Rineke Dijkstra, portraits

Rineke Dijkstra: Portraits

Rineke Dijkstra, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, summer 2020.

The solo exhibition – the first in the UK, by Rineke Dijkstra , due to the closure of the gallery in March 2020 following the Civit 19, was only open to the public. It will finally be open to the public.

There are superb portraits taken in Israel and elsewhere. They are defined by their sobriety which avoids any emphasis. There are moments of meeting the buried. No one “repented” in such shots just shudders from life towards a misunderstood vision.

The trace of the body is revealed by the faces in a face-to-face resonant diffracted memory. The whole thing is sometimes frivolous, sometimes more profound – for example, the artist captures the military women in Israel.

It is the hidden side born from the moment the artist seizes it… It is the gaze transported into unknown centres and by the questioning that the artist poses on the faces. Time crystallizes in their labyrinth. It is up to the viewer to interpret them.

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