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Robert van der Hilst Chinese Interior #1, 2010

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Robert van der Hilst, Chinese Interior #1
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About the work
  • Medium

    Photography : color edition, fine art print, archival pigment print

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    16.5 x 19.3 inch

  • Support

    Photography on fine art paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 15 copies
    1 remaining copy

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • About the artwork

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    Artist statement by Robert van der Hilst:
    When I started working on my "Chinese interiors" photography project in June 2004, about a year after having finished my "Cuban Interiors" project, I believed that I could take the same approach in China as in Cuba.....photographing people inside their homes, meeting them, getting to know them, positioning them as, I, the photographer, saw them, inside their homes. And most importantly, speak with these people in their language and blend into their lives for a short period of time. It did not turn out like that at all in China.
    I do not speak the language and to a large extent I am ignorant of their culture. Soon after embarking on the project I realized that I would not be able to blend into these people’s lives as easily. Their reactions upon seeing a very tall man and his camera equipment at their doorstep made me realize that this was not going to work. I felt like an alien arriving at these people’s doorstep.

    The Shanghai Art Museum opened in April 2010 with Van der Hilst’s solo show of Chinese Interiors.
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Robert van der Hilst

Netherlands Born in: 1940

Robert van der Hilst, who was born in Amsterdam in 1940, pursues - beside his journalistic work (amongst others for Merian, Stern, Geo) - the subject of interiors in foreign countries. His first works were born in the Seventies in Mexico, and were followed by additional photo projects in Cuba from 2001 onwards, and then from 2004 onwards in different Chinese Provinces as well as in Japan.

Van der Hilst lived for many years in these countries. Through the long time he spent in Cuba, Canada, Latin America, Japan or China he manages to gain the trust of the people. The Photographer is capable therefore of creating intimate picture series, taking into account the cultural specificities of each country, and resulting in images which the subjects of the photos can relate to.

He manages to capture the day to day life of the people through facial expressions and body postures as well as through scenes of human interaction in the usually difficult to access private spaces.

The Shanghai Art Museum opened in April 2010 with Van der Hilst's solo show of Chinese Interiors.

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Robert van der Hilst, Chinese Interior #1
Robert van der Hilst, Chinese Interior #1