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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center

Berndnaut Smilde

Breaking the Fourth Wall

Presented by Ronchini Gallery
Location: Pier 94
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Curator's Statement

Smilde stages his first “live” images with a theatrical set as a site for the repeated generation of a cloud. On this same set, Smilde produced countless clouds by hand to capture a single instant by photograph. Here, he invites us to anticipate, witness, perhaps even photograph each fleeting form that emerges and fades beyond the edges of the picture, into our present space. Which image is more real?

About the Artist

Berndnaut Smilde (b. 1978 in Groningen, The Netherlands) currently lives and worksin Amsterdam. Smilde holds an MA from the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen. Selected exhibitions include:Saatchi Gallery, London (2017); RWA Bristol,(2017); Museum Kranenburgh,(2016); LIAN Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai(solo)(2015);FotoMuseum,Antwerp,(2015); Ronchini Gallery, London (solo) (2014);Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, (solo)(2013). Awards include a STARTstipend fromThe Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, the FORM Artists’ Residency, Perth and Kings County Hospital, New York.