This is Andrea Bell back with another feature from This Ain’t Art School. TAAS is an online photography platform and community on Instagram that is always on the lookout for up-and-coming and established photographers of note to highlight.
For today’s feature, I’m excited to bring you a series called “Pillars of Home” by Csilla Klenyanszki (@csillaklenyanszki). Originally from Budapest, she now lives and works in Amsterdam. Her spare and playful photographs capitalize on Instagram’s preference for minimalism, while surprising the viewer with everyday household objects improbably and precariously balanced.
Klenyanszki describes “Pillars of Home” in her own words:
“The challenges of early motherhood are transformed into a game: the lack of time, the fragility of a new life, the weight of responsibility, our changing identities, tension. These are the elements. Care, strength, patience, devotion. These are the things holding it together.”
“Pillars of home are ninety-eight balancing sculptures, made during my son’s nap, when our home – the living room, the kitchen, the bedroom or even the staircase – became a studio for no more than thirty minutes at a time.The pillars rely on their own inner stability while being framed only by the floor and the ceiling. As the objects are being piled up, they become a coherent entity, but their delicate arrangement and balancing structure makes them vulnerable. They can be destroyed at any moment.Not only the existence of the image is in danger if the installation collapses, but the noise of the fallen objects might awaken the sleeping baby, which puts an end to the working session.Pillars of home gives ninety-eight answers to one dilemma: how does a mother find balance between all her priorities. A never-ending juggling act.”
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Hatje Cantz, This Aint Art School feat. Gregor Klar invite you on a stroll aka Instawalk through West Berlin for #meetberlinstories. Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, October 6
Start Time: 3pm
Meeting point: to be announced
Berlin is a diverse, vibrant, international city, full of history. It is also an important center of contemporary art and photography, attracting all kinds of thinkers and makers. For their photobook series Berlin Stories, Hatje Cantz asked different photographers for their personal visions of the city. The next two volumes are dedicated to the work of Ralph Mecke, who was born in Berlin but now lives in New York, and Annette Hauschild, a long-time resident of Berlin and part of the renowned Agentur Ostkreuz. Hauschild’s contribution to the series is titled Last Days of Disco, Berlin Stories Vol 4, and it focuses on the streets of West Berlin, capturing in black-and-white the changes that the neighborhood has undergone since the fall of the Iron Curtin.
Now we want to ask you for your view of Berlin! We’ll take a photowalk through West Berlin, and even meet Annette Hauschild on the way. If you want to join us, please leave a comment here.
I am Andrea Bell, an art historian and digital curator for This Ain’t Art School on Instagram. I’m excited to be taking over the Hatje Cantz blog for the month and sharing some of my favorite features from TAAS with you.
In the era of the selfie, what does it mean to hide one’s face, to obscure one’s identity, to capture something about a person in a photograph other than what they look like? Lisette Appeldorn lives and works in Amsterdam in her own little studio. She has an obsession for masks made from a lot of different materials. She is constantly looking for that perfect combination of the right colors and materials, draped over the human body. Playing with these materials without having any clear plan beforehand, she creates a series of different characters that she discovers while shooting.
By hiding the face, Appeldorn has control over the emotions in the work, and although there is no distraction of a facial expression, we can still recognize ourselves in the presented shapes. She gets inspiration by walking by strange household or construction shops, or searching for that one right fabric. You can find Appeldorn’s work posted to her instagram page: @Lisette.Appeldorn.