"In the portraits I make, I focus on the emotion within. Before the essence and quality of beauty represented the best of the visible world. I feel like I'm one of them. In the reproduction of the visible reality, the portrait plays a visible role"
Katrien Franken to TI
Regular readers of this page know I have a distinct penchant for the photography program at the museum FOAM Amsterdam. I especially respect the curatorship being done via their UNSEEN photography fair.
One of the brilliant emerging talent sourced by UNSEEN is Katrien Franken, the Dutch photographer whose series Les Filles is building her quite a buzz.
Within the quietude, simplicity and composure of her portraits of these young women is a wealth of historical reference and a bounty of psychological ambiguity. Wavering between a classical presentation of beauty and yet subverting the cliches of the classical, Franken's imagery escapes art history and ends up being resoundingly contemporary.