9 March – 6 April 2009

‘My Old Europe’, exhibition by Babette Kleijn
Within the project ‘Faraway So Close’, Fw: brings together the work of two photographers that each create their own world as a kind of new reality, by using elements from reality. In this way important issues of contemporary life are questioned, as well as conventional thoughts about photography in general. In ‘My Old Europe’, Babette Kleijn (1978) is inspired by the idea of ancient Europe. The history, the raw origin of our planet and the close attachment that humans used to have to nature, form the key points of her work. Among others, Kleijn visited ‘Grube Clara’ in the black forests in Germany, the carbonized woods in Lesbos and ‘Snowdonia’ in Wales. The collection of these places and monuments, depicted by Kleijn, form a kind of decor for a new story. With the negligent of time and place, she accentuates the compilation of images and their colours, forms and structures. The exhibition will be shown until April 5. Following, Babette Kleijn will exhibit ‘My Old Europe’ as part of this duo presentation. Taco Hidde Bakker will compile an independent publication following the common theme of the exhibitions.