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Sem Langendijk - Untitled II, London, 2018

From the series and the book Haven 
Inkjet print
Image: 40 x 32 cm
Edition of 15 + 2AP
Signed and numbered on a separate label 

Please contact us via [email protected] if you are interested in purchasing the set (Untitled I and Untitled II). 

Who owns the city? In his research project Haven, Sem Langendijk attempts to capture the environment of his youth: a place that no longer exists. Haven examines the environments of different port cities in various phases of transition, highlighting the transformation of disused docklands and the communities that reside there — showing not only a process of urban development but also of social exclusion.

Piecing together the mundane as silent signifiers of gentrification, Langendijk's criticism lies not in the natural cycle of how cities develop, but in the loss of character and history in the current trend of large-scale re-development projects. Having photographed in Amsterdam’s ADM, the Docklands of London and Red Hook in New York, at times it’s hard to distinguish one place from another in the homogenous and anonymous architecture of glass, metal and concrete that replaces the cultural imprint these places once had.

Sem Langendijk (1990, NL) grew up in Amsterdam's Westerdok and still lives and works in Amsterdam. He began his photographic research on the re-development of former port areas as a graduation project at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague in 2015, and in the following years, he released the three-part publication The Docklands Project, focusing on the gentrification and privatisation of docklands in Amsterdam, London and New York. He brought the material from this long-term research together in 2022 in his publication Haven (The Eriskay Connection), in which the different cities merge into a penetrating documentary reflection on the process and effects of gentrification.

In his documentary photography practice, he focuses primarily on portraying places and communities, exploring what connects people to their surroundings and what gives a place meaning and character. He works primarily analogue with slow, technical cameras, typical of the contemplative observation of the environment in which Langendijk finds himself.

His exhibition Haven is on show until Sunday 18 June in Foam 3H.

The print will be carefully wrapped and send as an insured package. You will receive an e-mail with a Track & Trace code when the package is on its way. Both the book and the print are also in stock at Foam Editions, the gallery on the third floor of Foam Fotografiemuseum.
For more information or questions about buying this Foam Edition print, please contact the Foam Editions team.

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€500,00 Incl. tax
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