As a somewhat controversial photographer, Gioia de Bruijn (1986) makes intimate but aesthetic reports, leaving out the voyeurism. De Bruijn sews together a floating experience between ‘letting go’; ‘getting high’; ‘sexual realism’ and ‘towers that present the epitome of todays modern capitals with their seemingly endless glazing walls’.
Through high angle compositions and an extensive energy in the pictures the artist immerses us in a micro world where the passing of time is altered, the mind is not in control, the intensity of sound is different and a world where the consciousness changes course. Her work reminds us of the snapshot aesthetic of Nan Goldin and the honesty and trust in her work, but also of another headstrong woman, the modernist photographer Berenice Abbott.
Gioia de Bruijn graduated with honours from the Camberwell College of Arts in London. Her works have been exhibited at Flatland Gallery (solo show ‘Sound is different from noise’, 2017, group shows ‘Gardening’,2016, and ‘Hunting’, 2014), Amsterdam; Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, 2015 and 2016 edition; The Fence, Fotofestival Naarden, 2015; Pakhuis de Zwijger (solo), Amsterdam, 2013; Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; Rauwer” PUP / Hutspot Gallery, Amsterdam 2012 ; Camberwell College of Arts, London, 2012; Underground Gallery, Charing Cross station, London, 2012 and Bermondsey Biscuit Factory, London, 2009.
Gioia de Bruijn will have her second solo show "States of Glory" at Flatland Gallery, opening in January 2019.