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Dt (Double Take)


Dt consists of three separate shows that are shown separately, but co-exist in the same space.
- A solo exhibition of drawings and mural(s)
- A group show that is a dialogue amongst contemporary portrait photographers and a dialogue amongst contemporary fashion designers.

Content wise, Dt is about the nakedness of an artist. Through the work in both Dt ehibitions, the viewer gets to eplore how the artist reveals her/ his psyche through her/ his art by offering a closer look at her/his identity, her/his nakedness..

Concept wise, the viewer gets a dialogue between:
- Disciplines: drawing,painting, photography and fashion
- The photographers themselves (as each works in her/his own particular style).
- The fashion designers, in how they deal with the term 'nakedness'.

To answer a frequently occurring thought with audiences (of what the artist would look like), Dt features the artist of the drawing exhibition as a model for the work of the photography and fashion leg of the exhibition. This way, the viewer is provided with a look into the "soul" of the artists of the drawing leg of the exhibition as well as that of the photographers and fashion designers, by the way they chose to portray / use the artist.

To see what the dialogue would be between artists whose work revolves around designing clothes and how they would respond to 'nakedness', fashion designers were invited to provide the sculptural element of the project. Their contribution is an intriguing and important part of the show that serves as material for reflection and a motivator for production. It shows that sometimes, the way clothing wraps around a body tells us more about the body than it conceals.

Christoph Broich, a german designer (who is Belgian based) created an outfit for the model. He made a sculptural piece of the outfit, which is attached to the wall. It is made so that, when fully nude,the model would be able to step into the piece and be fully dressed.

Christophe Coppens printed several photographed views of the nude model onto fabric to create a life-size sculpture of the model.

The sociological aspect of this exhibition focuses on the fact that representational art forms in Western Culture have been about the male gaze for centuries.
While women have been paraded around in their birthday suit for decades, society’s male-dominated structure, prevents women from looking at the male nude. In the rare event male nudity is shown, it is conveniently stigmatized as being a part of homosexual culture. Because even within the art world, women are exposed more often than men, Dt offers material for the female gaze by opting for a male model.
While it is generally assumed that the kind of controversial exposure as shown in Dt leaves nothing to the imagination, this exhibition explores just that: The imagination of the photographer, designer, the thoughts in the artist’s mind, the way the artists chose to portray their subject.


Dt will travel to museums, commercial galleries and independent spaces alike from winter 2005 through winter 2008. The curator of each venue will create a personal take on the exhibition, by selecting the pieces for the show. This not only changes the look of the exhibition at every venue, but also broadens the dialogue without changing the concept of the exhibition.
Dt comes with a full color catalogue with essays by Edith Doove (director Triennial for The Visual Arts, Belgium), Aric Chen (writer and art critic for a.o., i-D magazine, Art on paper, New York Magazine, Hint, Dutch), Grady T. Turner (writer of several books on art and art critic for a.o. Flash Art International, Art In America, Bomb).



Christoph Broich(B)
Christophe Coppens (B)
Heatherette (US)

Anuschka Blommers/Niels Schumm (NL)
Aaron Cobbett (US)
Crackerfarm (US)
Sue de Beer (US)
Roberto Deluna (US)
George Duncan (US)
Margi Geerlinks (NL)
Charles Hovland (US)
Willy Jolly (NL)
Richard Kern (US)
Terence Koh (US)
Seiji Koyama (J)
Soohang Lee (CH)
Jack Louth (US)
Alex Lucka (F)
Joe Oppedisano (US)
Richard Phibbs (US)
François Rousseau (F)
Mike Ruiz (US)
Stanley Stellar (US)


Jimi Dams (US)

A blend of similarities and differences in style led to the choice of artists in this project.
The choice of the model refers to the project’s concept. On the one hand it enables the viewer to see the differences between the styles of the photographers more easily and on the other hand it answers a much asked question: who is the artist behind the work?
Although the artist of the solo exhibition is being used as a model in the group exhibition, he is not the subject. He is being used as the medium to create a work of art, like a painter would use paint. The focus therefore lies on the artist who created the work.