Launch — Set Amsterdam

You’re invited for the open­ing and book launch of Dana Lixenberg’s “Set Ams­ter­dam” tonight at Foam Gal­lery in Ams­ter­dam…“All the world’s a stage.” Thus begins one of Shakespeare’s best-known mono- logues, from the com­edy As You Like It. These days, you might add, “All the city’s a set.”
For Set Ams­ter­dam, Dana Lix­en­berg pho­to­graphed dozens of Ams­ter­dam loc­a­tions fea­tured in the Dutch drama series A’dam – E.V.A. by Norbert ter Hall and Robert Alberd­ingk Thijm. Fas­cin­ated by the mul­ti­tude and vari­ety of places in the script, she decided to make a photo series of the city she left for New York more than twenty years ago: her birth­place, Ams­ter­dam.
Lix­en­berg made a selec­tion from more than 180 loc­a­tions used in the televi- sion series, and pho­to­graphed them with a tri­pod-moun­ted view cam­era – like film sets without the act­ors. The absence of people focuses the viewer’s atten­tion on details that would nor­mally go unnoticed, reveal­ing the care- fully designed nature of the spaces around us, which bear the unmis­tak­able traces of our pas­sage. In a pre­cise and intim­ate series of still lifes, interi­ors, and land­scapes, Lix­en­berg presents a por­trait not only of life in Ams­ter­dam, but also of our time.
Dana Lix­en­berg (b. 1964) is best known for her incis­ive por­traits of people in small social com­munit­ies, who are often in vul­ner­able pos­i­tions. Set Ams­ter­dam holds a spe­cial place in her oeuvre. For the first time, she has turned her lens to her city of ori­gin, and for the first time, the people are entirely phys­ic­ally absent.

 — Roma Pub­lic­a­tion

Keizersgracht 609

Thursday March 24th, 2011 at 5.30 pm