Saturday, May 5, 2012

Dijkstra Rineke at SFMOMA

I spent a lovely afternoon at SFMOMA. The Dijkstra Rineke retrospective was powerful!

These large, bold, dramatic portraits simultaneously suggested emotional intensities and human frailties.  Photographed in the US and Europe, they depict young subjects. Large-seeming heads and soulful eyes look out over lanky awkwardness and precise stillness.

One series was taken on beaches (an odd dark haired girl in Belgium wearing a strange striped one piece particularly stood out), another was of Portuguese bullfighters, another of nude women with newborn babies... My favorite series was Almerisa, a Bosnian refugee in the Netherlands. She was photographed over two decades, and it was fascinating having these glimpses of her growing up and assuming adulthood.

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