Most of you have probably seen photographer Menno Kok's work before, with or without knowing. All Patta collection photography is done by him, but that is just one small portion of his ongoing body of work.
On December 11, Menno will show his analogue series 'One' and '101'. The featured work is the result of a two year serendipitous process. A journey, on which Menno rediscovered the traditional craft of photography, and experimented with a self-made camera obscura. The exposition is part of the Last Bazaar in Trouw open from 1800-24.00. Signed works can be purchased throughout the night.
What happens when everyone is a photographer? Challenged by this thought Menno Kok (1972) has walked the line between digital and analogue photography for some time. This unique showcase, revisits the traditional craft and rediscovers how his love for analogue photography began. Working from an urge to physically interact with the medium and engage in a slow process of painting with light, Menno Kok constructed his own pinhole camera ensuring a pure outcome where perfection is unattainable.
One is a series of nude originals, using daylight on Polaroid or direct positive paper through ‘camera obscura’. The anatomical study strives to create the ultimate one-off of a female nude, reminiscent of body sculpturing in classic portrait paintings. A physical process that experiments with long exposure times, without using a view-finder. Although the setting is completely under control, the outcome is left to chance, which expresses Menno Kok’s fascination with the human error. Staying true to the process of making images as opposed to taking them, these images will remain one-offs and will not be reproduced.
Shot by mid and large format cameras on film, the 101 series portrays friends, family and fellow creatives. Intrigued by the human silhouette and subconscious postures rather than facial expressions, the series does not confront the viewer but puts him into a voyeuristic perspective. Menno Kok seeks to uncover real character through capturing in-between, off-guard moments rather than framing masked personalities.
As a whole, the show reveals Menno Kok’s signature preference of the awkward above the beautiful. Whereas '101' at times feels like a stand-off between artist and his subjects, 'One' takes the approach of literally tearing down façade by asking the model to undress.
Menno Kok, One | 101