Freedom is a concept to which Albert attaches great importance, not only in terms of style and subject matter, but also in his own artistic development. When the demand for Niemeyer’s works exploded in the 1980s and his creations found their way into both private and company collections, the artist remained true to himself and his ideals. His aim is to bring timeless quality. Creativity prevails. It typifies Niemeyer as an artist: self-willed, sincere, penetrating, expressive, inquisitive and always developing.
Everyone who sends in a photo is accepted into my Extended Family. For this endless series I ignore the basic principles of the portrait.
Instead of depicting the recognisable face of just one person, I present the concept of ‘open identity’. I consider love, dependence and
identity with new eyes via African philosophy, Spinoza, Picasso, Thomas Hirschhorn and many others. (Aäron Willem)
Extended Family is an ode to human complexity, from an artist with a significant background in philosophy.
With text by the curator Hans Martens, the philosopher Valérie De Prycker and the artists Anyuta Wiazemsky Snauwaert and Ben Benaouisse.
27,2 x 20,7 cm
128 pagina’s, hard cover