Jaya Pelupessy & Felix van Dam - Traces of the Familiar

Traces of the Familiar, 2015
Silkscreen made with self-build screenprintcamera
Paper: 41 x 28,5 cm (Black image: 24 x 20 cm)
Signed and numbered on a label 
Edition of 15 + 2AP

Fascinated by how photography constructs images, the Dutch duo Jaya Pelupessy (1989) & Felix van Dam (1986) developed a new technique with a camera that combines photography with silkscreen printing. Alongside the results of their experiments – prints that oscillate between silkscreen print and photograph and visually recall the history of photography – they present abstracted images that picture the working process.

The exhibition Traces of the Familiar illustrates the quest Pelupessy and Van Dam embarked upon to trace known techniques and revisit the origins of photography in order to arrive at new possibilities for the medium. The artists regard the steps in their explorations as equally important to the final product. Thus emphasis lies on the process of construction, where the suggestion of a narrative begins. This suggestion is not only conveyed in the stylistic images of tools utilized for the technique, but also in the final prints that unveil their structure in layers. Motivated by enthusiastic curiosity, Pelupessy and Van Dam make an inquiry into the structures of photography, and the fictionalising character the medium possesses in its relationship to reality.

The exhibition reflects on how objects are translated by the camera, presenting them like archaeological findings. Simultaneously, the artwork reconsiders the original bearer of photography by investigating different ways of presentation. Traces of the Familiar is a kaleidoscopic experience of a new kind of photography in which every image carries a trace of reality, yet never represents it entirely.

Jaya Pelupessy (b. 1989, the Netherlands) graduated from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (HKU) in 2013. During his studies he had an internship with Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs in Berlin. In 2015 he received a grant for Young Talent from the Mondriaan Fund. He is one of the founders of Mt. Figure, a platform/collective that functions both as curator and publisher.
Felix van Dam (b. 1986, the Netherlands) is a graphic designer who also studied at the HKU. He graduated in 2014.

The print will be carefully wrapped and then shipped as an insured package. You will receive an e-mail with a Track & Trace code when the package is on its way. A framed copy is on display at Foam Editions, the gallery on the third floor of Foam Fotografiemuseum.

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€500,00 Incl. tax