Guda Koster – Mis-en-scène @ KEK
The exhibition Mis-en-scène by Guda Koster is on view through March 20th, 2017, at KEK – Kunst Exposities Kerkplein (Kennemer Theatre, Kerkplein 1, Beverwijk, the Netherlands; Monday-Friday: 11 am – 9 pm, Saturday: 11 am – 3 pm).
For the first time, the artist’s sculptures and photographs share the same space with the fabric and costumes used for her photography works. Displayed inside a theatre, the basis of Guda Koster’s art – playing different roles – is highlighted naturally, connecting the idea of acting, performing fictional roles, with the social roles we assume every day and the feelings that occur in relation to these roles.
Guda Koster masters the symbolism of her fabricated costumes and patterns with humour and brilliance, bringing to life a camouflaged reality that reflects actual fashion-based clichés and hasty judgments resulting from our dependency on appearance as key to understanding human behavior and social status. In this context, clothing is a disguise for the multiple characters/roles we play and identify with depending when and where we perform, exposing or protecting the performer – a white sheet covers our secrets, a certain colour may hide a deep fear, a dress may evoke power or, on the contrary, vulnerability.
The artist’s next show takes place in Berlin, opening with a performance on March 3rd at Tammen & Partner Gallery.
Tired, 2016, photoprint, 30 x 45 cm
Le petit, 2014, photoprint, variable sizes
Fear of grey mice, 2013, photoprint, variable sizes
Milady, 2012, photoprint, variable sizes
Secret life, 2014, photoprint, variable sizes
Installation view, KEK – Kunst Exposities Kerkplein
All images © Guda Koster