Papier en Licht

Artist: Popel Coumou

Artist and photographer Popel Coumou (b. 1978) plays in her work with the main elements of photography: light, paper and perception of reality. By carefully lighting her collages she manages to give the paper relief a third dimension, bringing the flat surface to life. In a space with tall windows depth is created by the sunlight shining in, a simple little house appears in a large field, and illuminated geometric shapes loom out of a dark and desolate natural landscape. In other images, we realise only after looking very carefully that what we are seeing are not life-sized objects, but miniatures still lifes in clay, some of which even still bear the occasional fingerprint. Popel Coumou creates empty spaces, graphic lines and compositions verging on the abstract. Although her work rarely features any figures, there is always a sign of recent human presence, such as an empty chair or an open door. Popel has produced new work specially for the projects gallery at Fotomuseum Den Haag , using the space itself while at the same time revealing her creative process. She has enlarged her collage technique, which she had previously used mainly in a small format, to create an installation that will allow visitors to step into her illusionary world. Popel Coumou drew inspiration for the work from the iconic Kunstmuseum Den Haag building next door, designed by architect H.P. Berlage (1856-1934), as well as the architectural lines of the Fotomuseum.

This show is curated by Willemijn van der Zwaan.

Until 18 April
Stadhouderslaan 43

Guide

exhibition
until 28 February

On Sculpture

Carel Blotkamp
Museum Beelden aan Zee
Dürst Britt & Mayhew
exhibition
until 28 February

Augensex

David Roth
Dürst Britt & Mayhew
exhibition
until 07 March

Tote Räume

Gregor Schneider
West Den Haag
West Den Haag
Heden
exhibition
until 19 March

Bob Bonies

Heden
Parts Project
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
West Den Haag
Galerie Ramakers
exhibition
until 05 April

Smoke and Mirrors

Lisa Brice
KM21
exhibition
until 18 April

Papier en Licht

Popel Coumou
Fotomuseum Den Haag
exhibition
until 18 April

Bear & Teddy

Helena van der Kraan
Fotomuseum Den Haag
exhibition
until 25 April

Bob Bonies

Kunstmuseum Den Haag
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Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Fotomuseum Den Haag
West Den Haag
West Den Haag
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