Hellen van Meene, Paeonia, 2015
Aperture is pleased to release a new limited-edition photograph by Dutch artist Hellen van Meene, in conjunction with the publication of The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits, the most comprehensive presentation of the artist’s work to date. One of the leading Dutch photographers of her generation, Van Meene is well-known for her portraits of boys and girls on the cusp of adulthood. Characterized by her exquisite use of light, formal elegance, and palpable psychological tension, her depictions demonstrate a clear aesthetic lineage to seventeenth-century Dutch painting. Carefully posing her subjects in their environments, Van Meene captures the intimacy of the photographer–subject relationship, emphasizing their fragility and photographing them at their most introspective moments.
Paeonia, 2015, is part of a recent series in which Van Meene depicts girls’ faces covered entirely by curtains of sleek hair brushed forward to conceal any expression or facial identification. In contrast to earlier works, where the details of bodies and faces are laid bare, here our gaze is denied. The combination of Van Meene’s instinctive understanding of the universality of adolescent experience, and the highly intimate collaborations between the photographer and her models, makes for powerful portraits that resonate long after viewing. The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits will be the subject of a major exhibition at The Hague Museum of Photography, which opened August 29, 2015.
Medium: C-print mounted on 2 mm Dibond
Image Size: 7 x 7 inches
Paper Size: 15 1/4 x 15 14 inches
Edition of 25
Signed and numbered by the artist
This limited edition Hellen van Meene print is available at Aperture