PERFORMING THE SELF AT UNSEEN PHOTO FAIR IN AMSTERDAM | 23 sept 2016
Contemporary digital culture seems to revolve around the exchange of images on the one hand, and an ongoing, self-referring state of performance on the other. We increasingly face the ever so present circulation of images and information. At the same time, we become part of a condition that can be described as a constant state of performance. During Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam, at the Unseen Living Room, there will be a discussion on these topics with Simon Baker (senior curator, International Art (Photography), UK), Ashleigh Kane (arts and culture editor, Dazed, UK), Juno Calypso (artist, UK) and Willem Popelier (artist, NL). Moderated by Zippora Elders (curator, NL).
THE ART OF SELFIES AT UNSEEN FESTIVAL IN AMSTERDAM | 16 - 25 sept 2016
What happens when a group of teenagers have a special ‘selfie encounter’ with residents of a nursing home? Unseen Photo Festival, in collaboration with youth platform de PIT and Foam, present The Art of Making Selfies. Youngsters of de PIT and residents of nursing home De Bogt-Westerbeer formed pairs and worked on modern self-portraits doing this project. The initiative was led by the Dutch photographer Willem Popelier, who is known for placing selfies in the tradition of portraiture. Unlike a normal “selfie”, the camera was in the hands of the other, whilst the one portrayed remained the director of the image. Results can be seen at De Bogt-Westerbeer during the festival.
INSIDE OBAMAS COMPOUND AT CINEMATEK BRUSSELS | 30 nov 2016
Inside Obama's Compound will be screened at Cinematek Brussels during Populist Shadow Theatre by Paul Willemsen, as part of Schijn bedriegt, de rechtvaardige oorlog als illusie.
THE DO-IT-YOURSELFIE GUIDE (LIMITED ARTIST EDITION) AT FOMU ANTWERP | 21 nov 2015 - 9 oct 2016
FOMU, the photography museum of Antwerp, exists 50 years and celebrates with the exhibition Photography Inc.: the story of photography and the photographic industry from the early years through to the present day. It examines turning points in the technological history of photography and their impact on the user, from daguerreotypes to today’s selfies. All the items on show come from the FOMU collection. The Limited Artist Edition of The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide is part of it.
CURRENTLY WORKING ON THE 2016 ELECTION VERSION OF YOUR WEEKLY PRESIDENT | aug - nov 2016
In the weeks leading up to the US elections in November, I'm working on an election version of Your Weekly President. It will be exhibited during the US elections, in a solo show in de Melkweg in Amsterdam, along with some of the other works on Obama, including Inside Obama's Compound and some new work. More info will follow.
YOUR WEEKLY PRESIDENT (2008-2017)
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Willem Popelier (b. 1982) is an artist working with photography. His focus is on the mechanisms and politics of representation. He researches the generally accepted ways in which portraits are used, and how identity is represented and perceived through photography. Thus his focus is mostly on popular culture, the ubiquitous image and its effects on society.
His work is exhibited worldwide, published in magazines such as C Photo and Foam Magazine, awarded with several prizes including a C/O Berlin Talent, a Bronze Medal for Best Book Design from all over the World, and nominated for the ICP Infinity Award and the Prix Pictet, among others.
Blog: The Obvious Portrait
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Curriculum Vitae Artist statement
A selection of texts on the works of Willem Popelier