di Manon Wertenbroek
For Gibellina, Manon Wertenbroek has imagined an in situ project. The young artist considers that photography goes far beyond the surface effect. She uses reproductive techniques, material research and the development of various forms of printing in a way to counteract the rigid perspective imposed by cameras. Under the pergola of Lorenzo's palace, the canvases are printed in shades of green. The brick walls are covered with photographs of empty spaces. The semi-closed space divides and pierces. The images create strange cold and reflecting rooms.
But these images are only a dimension, a color, a sheet of glass. Manon Wertenbroek's works are a constant play between dimensions and textures. Each image is reworked, engraved and marked. The viewer is immersed, surrounded, in the refined and structured universe of the artist. The passage offered by the pergola becomes a spatial experience. The vision of the works depends on the time of the day or night (a luminous installation imagined by the artist activates the space permanently). Photography has become, among other things, a means of production to activate architecture. There is nothing exogenous anymore. This experience is at the heart of all Manon Wertenbroek's installations.
In this regard, the opportunity to intervene in the Gibellina PhotoRoad festival is almost obvious. If there is an urban space in which the view is exploited in areas of successive floors that are explored in depth, it is Gibellina Nuova herself. Manon's works fit perfectly within this context. It can thus demonstrate, once again, that photography knows no dimensions or limits.
Text by Samuel Gross
Manon Wertenbroek (1991) is of Swiss-Dutch origin; she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Photography at ECAL in Lausanne (2014). She has shown works in galleries in Holland, Belgium, Italy and France, and also at Art Basel, the Foam Museum in Amsterdam, and the Istituto Svizzero in Rome. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, Mousse, British Journal of Photography, Foam
Magazine, i-D, LensCulture and many others. In 2017 she had her first solo show at Coalmine, Wintherthur and she was assigned the Swiss Art Award by the Federal Office of Culture.