October 14 – November 12, 2005
Opening, Friday October 14, from 6-8 pm
Extended to November 19, 2005
The exhibition was made possible due to the generous support of the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam
LMAKprojects is pleased to present Sara Blokland’s first solo-show in New York, entitled “fam. Abstract”. “Fam.” is an abbrevation, used in the Netherlands as an heading to address a family.
Fam Abstract is a series of portraits of members of a same family, in which each person is photographed individually in the family’s shared indoor environment. The portraits present staged situations based on the individuals’ natural poses, postures and personal boundaries, in order to reveal their self-image.
With this series the artist attempt to explore the physical relations between the family members, their bodies, and their poses. The photographs, which are mainly enlarged Polaroids, are taken without direct contact between the camera and the subject. The individuals appear to be lost, disconnected, or even alienated from each other. The family relations are rebuilt through the unique size differentiation of the prints and their arrangement on the walls of the gallery, which resembles a page in a family photo album; only then the “natural” family structure is restored.
Also on view is Blokland’s latest project: Father’s Paradise, which is a selection of forty prints of images taken from the garden of the artist’s father.
Sara Blokland’s work is fascinating because it forces the viewer into the narrow space between voyeurism and real intimacy, and thus it is brutally honest and even explicit. She examines the way photography and video witness events, and investigates to what extent images derive their meaning from the context in which they have been created, what are the roles that certain aspects such as ‘pose’ and ‘privacy’ play in the interpretation of the spectator, and what is the meaning of photographic ‘credibility’ of images.