Most of us know the large-scale portrait photographs by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra. I like the portraits of teenagers posing insecurely on an empty, probably somewhat cold, beach. Her portraits always show an emotional intensity.
For her current show at Marian Goodman Gallery, she returns to video for the first time after 16 years. There are three video installations:
The second video, 'I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman)', also takes place at Tate Liverpool: Again, the viewer never actually sees Picasso's 'Weeping Woman'. Instead, you can watch the reactions and conversations of nine English school kids in front of this painting.
For the third video 'The Krazy House, Liverpool, UK' installation, Ms. Dijkstra continues a format, she already used in 1996 in her early video installation 'The Buzzclub': She sets up a mini photo studio in the remote area of the dance club Krazy House in Liverpool. Then she asked regular guests of the club to pose in her mini studio without any further instructions. They danced to the music. Rineke Dijkstra chooses a classic (two third) portrait format for the camera.
I like this video the best, as its laboratory situation creates a very empathetic portrait of the dancers.
by G. Radwanovsky
Rineke Dijkstra at Marian Goodman Gallery, 24 West 57th St. New York
Through 21 August 2010