Colour Analysis

Anne Geene

April 18 - June 1
with opening speech by Auke-Florian Hiemstra biologist, columnist and science communicator

Colour Analysis, Rosa Pimpernellifolia (individual plant) 2018, from the series Museum of the Plant, 30 x 60 cm, edition 8 + 2 AP

Colour Analysis is part of Anne Geene’s Museum of the Plant. A work-in progress that she has been working on for a couple of years. The Museum of the Plant is a fictional, slightly absurd “museum” that focuses on all aspects of plants that other museums do not discuss. Coincidence, strange growth, social status, plants that grow in special places, plants with a special owner, etc.

Colour Analysis is part of the museum and will be shown for the first time at Galerie Caroline O’Breen. If you thought that a plant was only green, you could be mistaken.

Through photography Anne Geene archives, organizes, interprets and arranges the world around her. Later she analyses and catalogues this information in a seemingly logic way. Seemingly, because interpretation of the collected data is essentially personal and an ironic reference to our eagerness to organize and know everything.

In her work, the relationship between the photographic image and science is a central theme. She explores the issues of scientific objectivity and of photography as a medium used for this purpose. Although photography’s objectivity has been questioned many times, it is exactly this objectivity that gives it this probative power. Here is where she finds her inspiration.

Eeuwig Herbarium, from the series Museum of the Plant, 2019, 15 x 21 cm, unique

Anne Geene lives and works in The Hague, the Netherlands. She studied photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and graduated in 2010 at Sint Joost, Breda. She concluded her photography studies with a Masters degree in photography at the University of Leiden in 2012.

Her graduation project ‘No 235 / Encyclopaedia of an Allotment’ was chosen the best photo book of 2010 by NRC and the project was purchased by the Nederlands Fotomuseum. In 2014 she won the Unseen Talent Award and her work was selected for several national and international exhibitions and collections.  With ‘Ornithology’, a quasi-scientific standard work about birds which she made together with Arjan de Nooy, she won the international price for best book of 2017 (Goldene Letter, buchmesse Leipzig). In 2018 she won the Volkskrant Visual Art Award (both jury and public award) for her oeuvre . The Museum of the Plant was partly purchased by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.