Anne Geene and Arjan de Nooy
Through photography Anne Geene (1983) archives, organizes, interprets and arranges the world around her. Later she analyses and catalogues this information in a seemingly logic way. Seemingly, because interpretation of the collected data is essentially personal and an ironic reference to our eagerness to organize and know everything. In her work, the relationship between the photographic image and science is a central theme. She explores the issues of scientific objectivity and of photography as a medium used for this purpose. Although photography’s objectivity has been questioned many times, it is exactly this objectivity that gives it this probative power. Here is where she finds her inspiration.
Arjan de Nooy (1965) studied chemistry and photography. He works both with his own photographs as well as with found material. The stories he constructs give the photographs an artificial context and therefore give them their meanings.
Anne Geene (b. 1983) and Arjan de Nooy (b. 1965) met at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. They previously collaborated on the award- winning publication Ornithology, an alternative bible for birdwatchers, with which they won the international price for best book of 2017 (Goldene Letter, buchmesse Leipzig). Last year Geene won the Volkskrant Visual Art Award and the readers’ prize. Her artworks are partly purchased by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. The exhibition of The Universal Photographer is being shown for the first time at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, to coincide with the publication of the book The Universal Photographer, a book about the strange life and work of the fictional character, the universal photographer U. (1955-2016)