Dutch Dare – curated by Frits Gierstberg – is an overview of Dutch photography, internationally known for its freshness, its realism, its research – sometimes defiant – of beauty, its minimalism, its slightly ironic approach.
In addition, Holland has a strong tradition of documentation. Current issues in Dutch society – unfold between landscape and its urbanization, and between identity and culture – reflected in the work of the photographers. What is so striking is that the traditional genres of Dutch painting, such as portraiture and landscape painting, are equally important in contemporary photography.
Dutch Dare features photographs and videos of Dutch artists. Through the presentation of ‘contemporary Dutch photography’, the approach to Holland is on two levels, so that some stereotypical assumptions about the country can be corrected or become the subject of discussion. The artists in the exhibition are Hans van der Meer, Julika Rudelius, Gerco de Ruijter, Marike Schuurman, Gert Jan Kocken, Marnix Goossens, Elspeth Diederix, Martine Stig.