STRIP IT DOWN BABY, GIVE ME THOSE BARE NECESSITIES

By Emmeline de Mooij
March 6 – April 3,  2009

 

GSB is proud to announce the first solo exhibition in Scandinavia
with the Dutch artist Emmeline de Mooij

STRIP IT DOWN BABY, GIVE ME THOSE BARE NECESSITIES
Date: 6 March – 3 April 2009

 

 

Emmeline about her work:
The most important theme that appears in my work, is stripping. I’m interested in the bare necessities. I want to know what’s left when one is thrown back to his own resources and reduced to a primitive state of being. In this I jump between the prehistory and modern society.

 

In my photographic work I portrait myself alone, naked or minimal equipped with some plastic bags, in a natural and desolate environment, I give expression to modern man, thrown back on one’s own resources, stripped down from all decadence. The unprotected body, exposed to nature, the wilderness with which we don’t know how to deal anymore, expresses the minor human being. The physically weak human species, beating evolution, with his only weapon: his spectacular expanding brain, protecting the vulnerable body, with artificial immune systems, extensions or tools.

 

Emmeline de Mooij is an artist based in Amsterdam, she makes installations, performances and photographs. Her installations consist of everyday materials such as clothes and utensils. Her photographs characterize themselves by the unconventional approach of the medium; they balance between documentary and performance. de Mooij’s work refers to primitive shelters, the rituals of native people, refugees, the homeless with plastic bags, and badly equipped tourists with rucksacks. In this, she easily maneuvers between the prehistory and the products of the modern world.