Aatjan Renders is working on a project in which he asks fellow artists to design a mask for him. Upon completion, he photographs the artist wearing the mask in an environment chosen by Aatjan.
At first glance it seems like the masks hide the identity of their designers, but in fact they are more like an amplification. Each mask is an echo of the maker's ideas about what a mask is supposed to do. Some use it as a means of concealment and others to stand out from the crowd. Also the choice of materials and visual language are telling of their preferences.
In a way, the masks actually emphasize the makers’ personality - consequently resulting in a series of portraits: intimate yet alienating.
We are pleased to show momentum 2018 in the flux of what is still to come. Where available, we'll also show the masks as separate artworks.