| Play of appearances

18-05/29-6 2013 Solo - "Play of appearances" in C&H Art space Amsterdam.
Opening: 18 mei, 15:00 - 19:00u.
Mede mogelijk gemaakt door het Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds - Tijl Fonds.

29 juni is ook de presentatie van de publicatie van mijn werk. Deze publicatie wordt uitgebracht door C&H Art Space en mede mogelijk gemaakt door DeïsKa & de Verzameling. De tekst wordt geschreven door Irene de Craen.





play of appearances

18 May - 29 June 2013

Opening: 18 May, 15:00 -19:00 hrs

Gallery hours: Thursday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m or by appointment


C&H art space is proud to announce "play of appearances", a solo exhibition by Melanie Bosboom.

For this solo exhibition Melanie Bosboom shows her recent photography series.

Looking her work it's easy to find out her interest for the human figure, its representation and the relationship between the figure and the space. Despite in this photography series she uses herself as a model, her work is not about her as a person. There's a lot more than that. Her body, her figure is an attribute to the image to create. An important element for the image creation is her studio: a private, intimate and safe place where the artist can work alone, undisturbed; a place where she can explore her imagination and express her dreams.


In this photography series Melanie Bosboom plays with the viewer: she's not a woman, she's not a man and she uses dresses and clothes to camouflage herself. She takes the viewer into a playful world built by her fantasy where there isn't a right or wrong. There is actually no image recognizable completely of the woman. Her characters are often covered with layers and layers of clothing, or hidden beneath coats, or in front of mirrors. Hiding and masking allows her to assume multiple identities in unusual circumstances and to play with ambiguities and contradictions. These two things fascinate her, especially the combination of them. What makes something male or female? How can an image provocative and challenging being at the same time vulnerable and fragile?


Melanie Bosboom defines her works as a 'play in progress': she doesn't plan to build up a specific environment but she arranges the objects creating a working in progress collage until they became fully integrated with her. What she obtains in the end is a space randomly arranged with any kind of objects. Working with the objects and the attributes in her studio, the picture gets the expressiveness she is looking for. Making use of well-known objects but leaving enough space to understand them, she provokes and encourages the viewer to take an active role in it and to discover new layers in the work.

The result is a world full of details and layers of meaning that leaves the viewer with questions and makes the discovery process continue.


Melanie Bosboom, born in Zutphen but now residing in Brummen, graduated from Hogeschool vor the kunst in Utrecht. Since 1998 she has taken part in numerous group shows mainly in The Nederlands. She developed a highly personal style, creating photography work where she investigates contradictions and ambiguities. In addiction to her recent photographic work, she created installations in which characters can partake in role-play.


During the last exhibition day -June 29th- will be presented a book with an introduction of the art critic Irene de Craen. The publication is by C&H art space.


For more info contact: Cosimo Ricatto

Tel. 06 11 32 32 83 E mail: cosimo@ch-artspace.com