Grace and Ruin
Miho Kajioka, Satijn Panyigay, Marieke Peters
April 14 – May 14, 2016
Miho Kajioka, Satijn Panyigay and Marieke Peters illuminate, each from a different angle, the resilience of both man and nature. They examine how both humans and nature have the capacity to always overcome any setbacks, and how beauty can be found in decay and transience.
Miho Kajioka (1973, Japan) lives and works in Japan. She is fascinated by how beauty and desolation can coexist simultaneously. The series As it is consists of fragments of her life, from various periods and against changing backdrops. The differences between the various fragments are limited, and it’s their similarities that are emphasized. Happiness, sadness, beauty and tragedy only exist in our minds. Everything is as it is.
In the series And, where did the peacocks go?, which is also exhibited, Kajioka deepened her fascination with beauty and tragedy. As the artist explains: ‘It is not my intention to introduce a pessimistic note or romanticize tragedy. There have been always problems, and beautiful things have always remained beautiful…’
Satijn Panyigay (1988, Nijmegen) is a half Dutch, half Hungarian photographer. Through her work she shows her melancholic view on life. She explores subjects such as death, decay and loneliness. Her aesthetic eye reveals that there’s also beauty to be found in the grim and dark. The interiors of No Room For Light show different locations. The only condition for photographing these rooms, was that Panyigay felt completely alone and empty while being there. The artist seeks to convey as much emotions as possible using minimal amounts of objects to look at. Panyigay is also fascinated by temporality. In the volatility and concurrent continuity of nature she finds the beauty of impermanence and transcience.
The work of Marieke Peters (1977, Reusel) explores the duality of man: an inexhaustible life force versus obstruction. By making use of archetypal images from the collective unconscious, for example images of young girls, Peters deals with the theme of innocence. Her work is usually on the borderline where illusion and reality meet. Innocent actions have a different context, through which they can actually cause anxiety. In this way, Peters is trying to start a dialogue on delusion and reality.