Last Year I visited Amsterdam Art Fair at the Museumsquare in Amsterdam. One of the artists I remember the most is Dutch photographer Krista van der Niet. Time for a little blog post on her work.
Krista van der Niet (1978) is a photographer who makes photographic still lifes. Her photos are made of simple elements, but they speak a powerful language.
Especially in her own, non-commissioned work, she combines objects with animals, people or body parts. The combinations are a little awkward at first, like a little deer with scourers and a necklace made of candy. Or fruit, wrapped in stockings.
Even though these combinations sound odd, they work perfectly in Van der Niet’s compositions. What strikes me most, is the clean and meticulous styling of the objects. Because of this styling, the combination of objects is not strange at all. You have to really look twice to find out which objects are used.
The work I saw at AAF had a more sociological character. In those photos, the stereotypical image of women is challenged. You can see bodies of women in anatomically somewhat impossible poses. Or a combination of objects with certain female body parts. The work asks you questions about the role women have these days or the way society chooses to see women.
For Toneelgroep Oostpool (a Dutch theater company) Van der Niet has created several series of portraits. Maybe you have seen them around the city because they are quite striking. Strong portraits, with a little touch of absurdity in them. Like the ones with the feathers on the noses of the subjects. Or the large red square applied to the face of the portrayed people.
Van der Niet’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed. She has had exhibitions at Photography Museum Foam, the Cobra Museum and Museum Hundertwasser in Vienna. She works on commission for clients such as Volkskrant Magazine, Theater aan het Spui, and Het Parool.
Krista van der Niet is represented by a gallery in The Hague, called LhGWR. Which is short for Lief hertje en de Grote Witte Reus. Which translates as Sweet Deer and the Great White Giant. Great name, don’t you think?