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Exhibition -

Sander Dekker - My Name Is Sander Dekker

Sander Dekker - My Name Is Sander Dekker

Exhibition overview:

02 Jun - 30 Jun 2018

TORCH gallery

My Name Is Sander Dekker

Sander Dekker


On Saturday the 2nd of June opens My Name Is Sander Dekker, a solo exhibition by

photographer Sander Dekker at TORCH gallery in Amsterdam. One part of the exhibition

shows photo's that belong to the ongoing series 'The Project', while the other part is an

installation called 'TenFifteen', consisting of thousands of tiny photographs. The style of

Dekker is easily recognizable, due to his working method that could be described as

spontaneous and playful. When shooting, Dekker does not know how the photos will turn

out in the end, as he always tries to capture the unexpected.

‘The Project’ is an ongoing series of portraits created by Sander Dekker from 2011

onwards. His subjects are never his friends or acquaintances, but people he finds on

social media. He chooses people he admires as his subjects: outgoing, spontaneous, and

always a bit eccentric. He contacts them to ask if he can photograph them at home, then

books a ticket and gets on the plane. Raging through their house together, Dekker

captures the high energy of that first encounter. A shoot usually last for an hour or so,

before he’s off to his next visit. Meeting his models just before the session and working

without a preconceived concept, creates the spontaneity that is distinctive of Dekker’s

work. It results in great compositions and surprising crops that reflect the freedom and

expressiveness of the people in front of his camera. When trying to capture

their personalities, it’s almost as if Dekker hopes that these qualities will rub off on him. Yet

after all these years, he prefers to stay behind the camera, where he can admire their

eccentric beauty and pay tribute to them through his pictures.

When arrived at the back of the gallery, you are entirely surrounded by thousands of black

and white photo's. All of them being ten by fifteen centimetre (hence the name 'TenFifteen')

they cover the surface like unique wall tiles. They offer an astonishing impression of the life

and complete work of Dekker since the pictures are collected from his 'The Project', private

pictures, travel documentation and commissioned work. By means of a telescope, one can

zoom in on one specific photo to get a closer look, or using one of the available enlarging

glasses. The photo's of this installation can be acquired by squire meter, where after

Dekker will install them on your wall himself. Or just pick the one(s) you like and have them

floating in a frame.

As an extra, there will be twenty-five unique signed and numbered 'magic photo mugs',

that only reveals the photo on it, when pouring in a hot drink. This way it will stay a

surprise until you got home which photo you bought.

Two of the mugs will be given away to the two people who discover as first the pictures

that are used double in the installation 'TenFifteen'.

Sander Dekker (Amsterdam, 1980) lives and works in Amsterdam. His work was featured in many

magazines including Juxtapoz, Le Petit Voyeur and Purple France and in articles on platforms like

VICE. Also, he published two books himself. Right since the start of 'The Project', the work of Dekker

has been exhibited at different gallery shows and art fairs in Amsterdam, Germany and the UK.