Kim Boske premiers at Unseen with liquid narratives printed on handmade Washi paper
July 4, 2019
For upcoming September Unseen Amsterdam edition, Kim Boske (1978, Netherlands) will exhibit with FLATLAND her unique impressions from the waterfall Amagoi no taki, a tangled and dreamlike study of streams of water that channels the mental capacity to exhilarate. These liquid narratives are printed on handmade Washi paper that she dyed in natural indigo at the Awagami factory in Kamiyama, Tokushima area, Japan during her artist in residence at KAIR, 2018/19. The production of the Washi paper as well as the delicate dying indigo technique are both fading crafts in Japan. Indigo leaves are stirred and sprinkled with water for four months and then enter a delicate brewing process in a vat.
This animism results in the serene quality of the indigo: a specific depth of colour, rich range of blues and an ever-diverse gradient outcome. Working with these living organisms is an integral part of Boske’s practice, showing how the physical movement through time and space changes our perspective on the world.
The multiple layers in photographic images seem to be holding, one layer upon the other, merging and intertwining, simultaneously different moments in time, revealing a hallucinating phenomenon that is impossible to see or witness with the naked eye. Her work – photography and video – has been shown at international museums including Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam; Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland); Museum Moscow House of Photography, Moscow; Shanghai Himalayas Museum, China; Nizhny Novgrorod State Art Museum, Nizhny Novgrorod , Russia; Galerie LUMC, Leiden; Museum Hilversum, the Netherlands; Hyères fashion and photography festival at the Villa Noailles; the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam; Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing and at the Singapore International Photography Festival.