February 16, 2013

winterSALON/2013: Ahmet Polat

Ahmet Polat (1978) is a Dutch-Turkish photographer living in Istanbul. Polat has studied at the St. Joost Academy in Breda. Ahmet Polat, recipient of the International Center of Photography's 'Young Photographer Award' in 2006, is a photographer whose work questions preconceived notions. 
Polat's mother is Dutch and his father is Turkish. After a few years of travelling, he moved to Turkey to explore his heritage through photography. 
In the past years he has worked on commissioned projects for cultural institutes like the Rijksmuseum and international publications like the New York Times. 


(photocredits: JW Kaldenbach)

winterSALON/2013: Maison Portier

The Dutch fashion designer Clifford Portier (1966) graduated from the Charles Montaigne Fashion Academy in Amsterdam. After graduating, Clifford leaves for Milan and works as a designer and concept designer for various international fashion brands. In 2009 his own line Maison Portier was established in Amsterdam.


winterSALON/2013: Jan Willem Kaldenbach

Jan Willem Kaldenbach (1959) was trained as a photographer at the MTS for photography in The Hague and has worked as a freelance photographer since 1989. He has followed SALON/ photographically from the beginning. Most of the photographs on this  blog and most of the official outings of SALON/ are by JW Kaldenbach. And yes, he made these photo's as well.

He made an overview of that work and exhibits at Museum Willet-Holthuysen.



winterSALON/2013: Irene Fortuyn

Irene Fortuyn (1959) lives and works in Amsterdam. She collaborated closely with Robert O'Brien as Fortuyn/O'Brien from 1983 to 1988. Since 2005 she has been working as Irene Fortuyn. One of the central themes in her work is the relationship between art and public space, focused on the polarity of nature versus culture. She is also Head of Department of Man & Leisure at Design Academy Eindhoven and tutor at Royal Academy The Hague.

winterSALON/2013: Koen Hauser

 Koen Hauser (1972) works as a photographer and artist. From purely esthetical to highly personal and conceptual, his intangible body of work gently flows between fine arts and applied photography, resulting in some remarkable fashion series along the way.(photocredits JW Kaldenbach)

winterSALON/2013: Marcha Hüskes

(photocredits: JW Kaldenbach)

In 1999, after graduating from the Arnhem Academy of Fine Arts, Marcha Hüskes experienced the spontaneous emergence of her own prêt-à-porter label. A remarkable five years later she made the conscious choice to establish the label and present the collections to the international industry. With not even a decade gone by, the Marcha Hüskes label is now represented in a stunning variety of high-end boutiques worldwide.

The unusual combination of Marcha’s calm patient nature, everlasting curiosity, and determination of a true independent designer, allows the label to constantly evolve organically. This, being one of the most crucial strengths, ensures that her new collections never make previous seasons seem old.

Crafted patterns and textured fabrics are essential in the collection composition. The suddenly peculiar color combinations and modern interpretations of classical silhouettes are the elements which define a typical Marcha Hüskes dress. These refined and abstract pieces are often described as Mondrianesque. With this unmistakable signature, Marcha Hüskes captivates women of all ages, all around the globe.


winterSALON/2013: Sjaak Hullekes

In his collections Sjaak Hullekes plays with the classic men's wardrobe. Inspired by human behaviour in modern times, influenced by nostalgic sentiments. With his designs Sjaak Hullekes gives the wearer of his clothes a particular kind of extra; a way to escape from daily cares to create a romanticised life.www.sjaakhullekes.com

(photocredits: JW Kaldenbach)

winterSALON/2013: Siba Sahabi

Pallas Athena a Short Film by Siba Sahabi from sibasahabi on Vimeo.

Siba Sahabi’s new collection of felt vessels entitled ‘Between Two
Rivers’ launched during WinterSALON/ 2013 in Amsterdam

‘Between Two Rivers’ is the ancient Greek translation of the term
Mesopotamia, the cradle of Western civilization, birthplace of the
pottery turntable and primary inspiration of designer Siba Sahabi for
her new collection. Through ten new sculptural felt vessels Siba makes
the connection between this ancient land - located between the rivers -
with its pottery innovations and Western ceramics culture which
developed through these new technologies.

The turntable, that aided potters to design circular objects more
accurately and faster, was invented in 3500 BC in Ur, an ancient
Mesopotamian city-state located in modern Iraq. Around 2200 BC this
invention was introduced in Greece and thus sparked a new style of Greek
ceramics called Minyan pottery which Siba has reinterpreted in her
​​felt sculptures.

A circular, ribbed finish is one of the distinguishing characteristics
of Minyan ware which reflects its production process on a potter’s
turntable. Although the turntable no longer plays a significant role in
the production of modern large-scale pottery today, the appearance of
hand-turned ceramics is often imitated by producing circular shapes with
fine ridges.

The objects from the collection, that comprise a series of carafes and
cups, are made from coiled coloured felt strips (3mm thick) coated with
a layer of paint on both sides. In this way, each object shows three
colours: the original colour of the felt (surface of the ridges), the
inside, and outside of the objects. The dense felt material beautifully
translates the heavy appearance of the Minyan ware and exaggerates the
appearance of the oversized objects, some of which are up to 50cm high.

A specially-commissioned film is screened alongside the exhibition. Made
by Siba Sahabi in collaboration with Lisa Klappe and Niels van den Top,
the short film entitled ‘Pallas Athena’ juxtaposes the setting of a
Greek pre-antique pottery workshop with the modern techniques of the
felt coiling used in Siba’s objects. The short film is dedicated to the
wise but short-tempered Greek goddess of inspiration, crafts, art and
war. According to myth Pallas Athena taught textile classes to, among
others, a talented but troubled student called Arachne who denied that
she was taking lessons if ever asked. To punish Arachne for not
acknowledging her teacher, Pallas Athena turned her into a spider.

Exhibition Address:
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40
1012 GE Amsterdam
T +31(0)20 624 66 04

Opening times:
19 January – 17 February 2013
Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sundays and public holidays 13.00 - 17.00


(photocredits: JW Kaldenbach)