Info and background stories of our current exhibition
OSCAM presents ‘Not Enough’
With used costumes of previous ballet and opera performances, photographer and former dancer Alexander van Keulen did not only give these costumes a new life and a new story to tell, he also used his fairylike and romantic style to capture negative emotions and the magic around ballet. Only this time, not on stage.
For this exhibition, OSCAM curator Marian Duff, Decoratelier Nationale Opera & Ballet and Alexander van Keulen joined forces to show us that emotions, with the focus on negative emotions, move us. From the inside and from the outside. Loneliness, fear, sadness, despair and feeling rejected are emotions that can all come forth out of the thought of being ‘not enough’. Struggling with these feelings himself sometimes, Alexander aims to show us that there is still beauty in us and in going through life with such emotions.
Inspired by the environment of the Bijlmer, in which both OSCAM and the Decoratelier Nationale Opera & Ballet are situated, faces from the Bijlmer were included in his photo series. With this exhibition, all parties show the present, yet invisible connection between the Amsterdam Southeast area and the city center.
‘Not Enough’ is exhibited until the 26th of June 2019. The photos each are available for purchase in our shop.
Curator: Marian Duff
Photographer: Alexander van Keulen
Stylist: Dieudonnee Bouwman
Make-up and hair artists: Beau Hoogerwerf and Charlotte van Beusekom
Retoucher: Marco Verna
Videographer: Eric Zwiers
Production and text: Charmaine Wartes
Production assistants: Layla van Rossum and Sophie van Bijleveld
Special thanks: Richard Soesanna, Noukhey Forster, Louisanne van Hooff and Yves Saïdi
Powered by: Decoratelier Nationale Opera & Ballet, Gemeente Amsterdam, CEC, Amsterdam Museum and advice organisation B&A Groep.