BREUKEL & Roy Villevoye~Koos – ‘Tí’ *
Author: Goldschmidt / Hans den Hartog Jager~Thijs Publisher: Van Zoetendaal Publishers, Amsterdam Year: 2013 Artist: BREUKEL & Roy Villevoye~Koos ISBN: 978-94-6226-008-5
Koos Breukel & Roy Villevoye, Tí
Otabind/paperback, FC, 30 x 20 cn, 140 pp., design Willem van Zoetendaal.
The Asmat in Papua (previously Dutch New Guinea) is a largely impassable mangrove swamp, roughly the same size as The Netherlands. The native inhabitants, the Asmat, are still living there, isolated from the rest of the world. Visual artist Roy Villevoye and photographer Koos Breukel visited the small hamlet of Tí together at the end of 2011.
Breukel and Villevoye portrayed 120 inhabitants in the space of one day. Breukel installed a small mobile photo studio whereas Villevoye photographed the villagers outside. The resulting photographs were printed immediately for all the people. By using the same cameras the material derived from these sessions is equal and interchangeable.
It is fascinating to get so close to the inhabitants of Tí by looking at the photographs. Villevoye and Breukel have produced a document of a group of people still living as hunters and gatherers. In this way they have depicted the common origins of every human being. The exhibition shows us a group of people living in close proximity. An universal image portraying us all.
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