The Yancey Richardson Gallery is showing Let’s sit down before we go, the exhibition of the last series of works by Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen. Van Manen’s work is a meditation on human existence, revealing the truth of particular lives. Selected from her travels through Uzbekistan, Siberia, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Moscow and Tartarstan since 1990, van Manen’s photographs are characterized by the intimacy she achieves with her subjects, with whom she spent countless hours sitting at their tables, lodging in their homes, immersed in their reality.
Van Manen provides a window into Russian lives following years of struggle under the Communist regime in order to show us how millions of Russians live and sleep, what they eat, what they look like in their everyday life, in their flats, at their tables, in their beds.
Born in 1942 in The Hague, The Netherlands, van Manen lives and works in Amsterdam. Her work has been exhibited internationally at museums such as the Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Reina Sofia, and the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo. The series Let’s sit down before we go will be presented in its entirety at FOAM Photography Museum, Amsterdam in March 2012.
Selected by Ingrid Melano