Gioia de Bruijn is a dutch photographer born in the Netherland Antilles. She graduated with honours from the Camberwell College of Arts in London. Although highly skilled in experimental forms beyond lens-based practice as seen in her solo show “It is what it is”, Gioia’s conviction is that the aesthetic element in fine art should not be killed by an “arty” concept. As a somewhat controversial photographer, she is fond of the wildness already present in nature and man. In her “Weekend warriors” series, she shows the beauty of her friends during an afterparty that lasted until “Tuesday afternoon”. Often her subject is defined by the wild landscape, open areas, with or without people, looking for natural behaviour. With great ease, Gioia makes intimate reports, leaving out the voyeurism. People look at her as if there is no camera around. In her raw images of naked friends or even in her family snapshots, man comes to life. Seeing her work is like being amongst friends, experiencing the silence of nature or smelling the rot of a carcass. Gioia is represented by Flatland Gallery in Amsterdam and her work has been exhibited in shows in the UK, France and the Netherlands. Her first solo exhibition “Sound is different from noise” at the Flatland Gallery is currently on show until 22 April, 2017. The exhibition is made up of personal images and black and white photographs of empty streets and buildings.
This is a sample of her work
All images © Gioia de Bruijn