Gallery Cologne 28.06.–16.08.24

PAUL KOOIKER

FASHION

GALLERY COLOGNE 28.6. – 16.8.2024

OPENING FRIDAY JUNE 28, 5 – 9 PM

EGGS & RARITIES

GALLERY BURG LEDE BONN 29.6. – 16.8.2024

OPENING SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2024, 5 – 10 PM, WITH AN ARTIST TALK WITH THE AUTHOR AND ART CRITIC MAGDALENA KRÖNER AT 7 PM AND A DANCE PERFORMANCE BY SONYA MOHOVA AT 8:30 PM AND MUSIC BY JAKUB KUBICA

Paul Kooiker is currently one of the most sought-after photographers in the fashion world, without limiting himself to its conventional ideals of beauty. In his sepia-toned black and white photographs, models and mannequins alike strike extraordinary poses in minimalist settings. In many cases, their bodies are disguised by dysfunctional items of clothing that have been moulded beyond recognition. Faces are pushed out of the frame or covered by hair. Light and shadow turn fragmented bodies into surreal sculptures that exist solely in the medium of photography. The focus is always on the ambivalence of the body. It is often impossible to tell the gender of the protagonists or whether they are human or dolls. Kooiker plays on the keyboard of the „uncanny“ through rigid, statuesque poses, the replacement of body parts with mannequin limbs or their stylization into fetish-like objects. His peculiar still lifes, created solely with the iphone, give space to an unorthodox beauty. They aim to create fragile poetic beings in a diffuse light between desire and repulsion, between self-lost and self-assertion.

OPEN AIR CINEMA, FILM AND FASHION – A CINEMA HISTORY, CURATED AND ACCOMPANIED ON PIANO BY THE FILM AND ART CRITIC DANIEL KOTHENSCHULTE

BURG LEDE BONN, SATURDAY JULY 20, 9:30 PM