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Gioia de Bruijn (1986) Although highly skilled in experimental forms beyond lens-based practice (as seen in her solo show ‘It is what it is’, Camberwell College of Art, London), Gioia de Bruijn’s conviction is that the aesthetic element in fine art should not be killed by an ‘arty’ concept. As a somewhat controversial photographer, Gioia 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 de Bruijn 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. represented by flatland gallery, Amsterdam Selected Exhibitions 2015 - Flatland Gallery @ UNSEEN Photofair, Amsterdam 2015 - Found Reality, group exhibition, Gallery 5&33, Amsterdam 2015 - The Fence @ Fotofestival Naarden, Naardevesting 2015 - Flatland Gallery @ Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam 2014 - "Sex Dreams the Space Between", Art in Redlight, Amsterdam 2014 - "New 100", group exhibition, Art'Otel, Amsterdam 2014 - "Hunting" group exhibition, Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam 2014 - Solo expositie Belmondo, Amsterdam 2013 - “Because we Care” Solo expositie pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam 2013 - Solo expositie, de Balie Amsterdam 2013 - De Grote 8 en van Gogh museum, van Gogh Museum Amsterdam 2013 - “A Moment of Silence” PUP / Hutspot Gallery, Amsterdam 2013 - “Rauwer” PUP / Hutspot Gallery, Amsterdam 2012 - “It is what it is”, Camberwell College of Art, London 2012 - “Study of Girls” Art on the Underground, Underground Gallery, Charing Cross station, London. 2012 - HARD // HOOFD expo, Amsterdam 2011 - “ShitBox” Bermondsey Biscuit Factory, London 2009 - “Chemical Reality”, Source Festival Utrecht 2009 - “the whitest kids alive”, Plotfarm Edition 1, Amsterdam 2009 - “Ophelia”, Blaak 10 Gallery, Rotterdam 2008 - New Kids Polaroids, Prestigium Magazine, Paris