Barcelona Exhibitions. Galeria Sicart presents Girls by Danny Van der Elst. Vilafranca del Penedes, Barcelona, Spain. From January 12th to February 16th 2013.
“Girls reveals young women who each think of a moment or a person that has had a defining emotional impact on their life. I did not confront them with sad stories nor asked them to shed tears in front of the camera.
My starting point was simple. I asked them, in all confidence, who are you, at this moment, in all your beauty and vulnerability, and which gaze would you cast upon someone that has had a defining emotional impact on your life?
Many of them confided to me that they experienced feelings of loss and that they found it difficult to trust someone again.
I photographed them as they are; with natural light, without make-up or styling. Girls shows real women. I all met them in daily life. These girls are not models. They don’t want to be extraordinarily beautiful. They only want to be themselves. I think them, for their trust, and for their courage. ” Danny Van der Elst
Currently, two formats are available; 50 x 50 cm (edition of 15) and 100 x 100 cm (edition of 5).
About the author:
Danny Van der Elst (Vilvoorde, Bélgica, 1985) graduated as a Master in Western Literature (K.U. Leuven, 2009). During the course of his studies he discovered photography. Later that year, he decided to become a full time self-employed photographer. He worked as an intern with different photographers, amongst whom Pascal Baetens. He later worked as his assistant until late 2012. In June 2012, his photo series “Girls” received an international QEP-award, handed out by the FEP, de Federation of European Professional photographers.
One of his portraits was awarded “Prize of the Jury” at the photo festival in Bourbon-Lancy (F). His work was exhibited at a number of art fairs, including the international photo art fair fotofever Brussels (2012) & Art Gent. Starting in February 2013, “Girls” will travel across 17 cultural centres all over Belgium. His work was also selected for “Photo View”, a national exhibition project. Currently, Danny Van der Elst works as a full time artistic photographer and as a press photographer for a number of national news papers and magazines.
Opening: Saturday, January 12th at 7 pm.
More information: http://www.galeriasicart.com/