23,5 x 17 cm 224 pages Hardback cover with metallic ring coloured gold Publication date: May 2018
Thomas Kuijpers’ Gesture project investigates the handshakes of political leaders and other authority figures as circulated in the news media. Using press images as his source material, Kuijpers carefully selects from these particular scenes, reworking the images into an illustrated series of handshakes that got analysed by body-language experts on hidden communicative signals enclosed in these physical connections. The string of companions and enemies’ handshakes gives insight in both the functions of public images and photojournalism as a medium, as well as in their political use. The publication collects all the pieces of the series Gesture and the correspondence between the artist and some body-language experts.
The book it is the result of a collaboration between Metronom (Modena) and Fotopub Festival (Novo Mesto), where Thomas Kuijpers was awarded with Metronom Book Award 2017.
Thomas Kuijpers (The Netherlands, 1985) He is based in Ghent, Belgium. Thomas Kuijpers explores the role of contemporary media narratives within our perception of the actual world. Educated as a photographer, he got interested in the representation and communication of truth. In the past few years, he has presented his work in venues like Art Weekender, Bristol (2015); B.A.D., Brussel (2015); Casa Laurinda, Rio de Janeiro (2016); Krakow Photomonth Festival (2016) and LhGWR, The Hague (2016). He also exhibited his work in renowned venues like MASP, Sao Paulo (2013), Kunsthal, Rotterdam (2011), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2014), Foam Museum, Amsterdam (2015 and 2017) and Museum Arnhem, The Netherlands (2016). In 2017 he was awarded with MBA (Metronom Book Award) and selected as FOAM Talent. He is one of the selected artists for Plat(t)form Winterthur 2018 and winner of the Grolsch Unseen Residency Prize.