Anna Witkowska (Poland, 1976) is an Amsterdam based multidisciplinary artist and photographer. Originally graduated as Ceramics Designer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland, she finally finds her visual language as an artist in autonomous photography and film. She graduates from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam.
Her work, contemplating the transitory quality of time, space and being, tells a story of a human who reflects on his presence. ‘My work raises questions about our relation towards space and incites the never-ending reflection on our actual place in the world. I display this through wide staged symbolic scenes and the use of solitary human figures placed within.’
Rob Verbunt (The Hague, 1970) originally focused on a career as an advertising draftsman. After being involved in music and writing, he eventually graduates at Photo Academy Rotterdam. Rob’s autonomous visual work, characterized by the use of pinhole technology, covers themes such as individuality, sadness, intimacy and trust.
‘With my work I draw a poetic line between pain and pleasure. It is not uncommon for me to participate in my images as a set piece, telling or experiencing the story’.
As Photo Academy graduates, they were drawn to each other’s work around 2016. As self-portraitists, the initial intention of the collaboration, would be to hand over control. To give up the self-image to the other. Gradually their motivation shifts to the portrayal of vulnerability and intimacy. Where the adventure begins as an exploration of form and identity, it soon dared them to question whether the loving heart solely beats to suffer.
In The Dream Vehicle Witkowska and Verbunt both live and renew their ideas about love, individuality and happiness. While the photographic outcome instigates many matters to philosophize about, they deliver written poetry with their findings. These writings contain undiluted experiences that, together with an expanding snapshot diary, leave no situation undocumented.
Witkowska and Verbunt both graduated from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, a private academy focused on photographic technique, visual language, image editing and concept formation. They are members of Dutch Photography collective Photo031 and have had individual exhibitions in various venues in The Netherlands. Works from their joint project The Dream Vehicle were previously exhibited in Atelier K84 in Amsterdam and published in Het Parool.