Kissing Project
Kunst & Cultuur > Tentoonstellingen

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Zo 13 januari 2019 - Zo 17 februari 2019


Ajuinlei 15B

9000 Gent


Basistarief: 0,00 €

& other works
Kris Dewitte

Curator: Jan Van Woensel

In 2019 keert fotograaf Kris Dewitte terug naar de tentoonstellingsruimtes van Jan Dhaese Gallery met zijn nieuwe solopresentatie "KISSING PROJECT & andere werken". Het KISSING PROJECT was een centraal onderdeel in Dewitte's 2009 zeer geprezen retrospectieve tentoonstelling in The Suntory Museum in Osaka, Japan. Sindsdien is het project blijven groeien met meer mensen van alle niveaus van roem en schoonheid om deel te nemen aan de gesuggereerde intieme ontmoeting van de titel. Een decennium na de eerste tentoonstelling van "KISSING PROJECT" in Osaka, geven de foto's in de nieuwe tentoonstelling van Kris Dewitte in Gent, ons een update van dit intrigerend evoluerend project.

Writing about the work of Dewitte might not be the easiest of tasks. In my conversations with the man behind the camera he often stresses that a motivational explanation should not obscure the experience of the magical moment when the photo was taken, as well as, it should not blur the experience of the viewer with the presented image. As much as I would like to agree with the viewpoint of the photographer I am nonetheless burdened with the assignment to introduce the content of his exhibition. Therefor, I decided to give more context to the subject of Dewitte's project from the viewpoint of the critical observer. In my opinion, in our contemporary times of continual sociopolitical turmoil the kiss has become a poetically charged political act of resistance. This resistance of beauty is ageless and without boundaries. The kiss as an ultimate symbol of love (strategically placed in a sociopolitical framework) goes back a long way. One of the strongest of such images might be taken by Alfred Eisentaedt of a nurse and a sailor publicly entangled in a subliminal kiss of relief, joy and hope at the moment when the news of the surrender of Japan broke in 1945. Kissing was a favorite pose encouraged by media photographers of service personnel during times of war. Eisentaedt was a master in candid photography, each time capturing moments of spontaneous life most remarkably. The acts of kissing in the photographs of Kris Dewitte were put in action in certain agreement between the persons involved. Nonetheless, they equally master the beauty and honesty of pure life “as vulnerable as possible,” refering to the words of the photographer himself. “Photos should become real, removed from a pose. Storytelling. A moment of life”. In fact, the kiss as a recurrent motif in art and popular media is interesting. Kissing is considered as one of the most intimate acts two figures can share between each other. In famous film productions the narrative often builds up towards that epic and magical moment of the so-called Hollywood kiss. It sometimes symbolizes the relieve of tension between two leading characters and ensures the comforting feeling of relational harmony. But kissing never includes one emo...

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