Lisette Model. Christer Strömholm. Ed van der Elsken
EXHIBITIONApr 27 — Sep 1, 2012
Kicken II will operate as a resonant space to Arbus’s approach to her human counterparts with portrait positions by Christer Strömholm, Ed van der Elsken and Diane Arbus’ teacher, Lisette Model, from the 1940s to the 1960s. Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken visualized the existentialist attitude to life in the 1950s. He focuses on the individual existence with its dreams within an often disenchanted reality and thereby pictures, like Arbus did, outcasts, bohemians and transvestites. The latter are a key subject also to Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm. He did a strikingly empathic and personal series on transvestites between 1954 and 1965 in the Paris entertainment districts around Place Pigalle. His images reveal a microcosm of the universal human state of mind. Lisette Model, too, focuses mainly on the human portrait. She found her subjects in nightlife and in pleasure grounds, often on the fringes of society.