Since the early 1990s, Rineke Dijkstra has produced a complex body of photographic and video work that offers a contemporary take on the genre of portraiture. Her large-scale color photographs of young, typically adolescent subjects recall 17th-century Dutch painting in their scale and visual acuity. The minimal contextual details present in her photographs and videos encourage us to focus on the exchange between photographer and subject and the relationship between the viewers and the viewed. Rineke’s work over the years has been heavily influenced on time. In her photographs of Israeli twins, Chen and Efret, Dijkstra is ultimately references the complexities of aging as well as twinship. Their faces and characters undergo a remarkable and apparent change from tame tweens, to club vixens, and in later photos not shown here, finally to softer featured young ladies in white tank tops. We watch as they evolve into mature beings with personal identity. Somehow, as the sass and sullenness eventually depart; what remains is young women who look more in control of their identities and self-presentation.
Rineke Dijkstra (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1986. She has had solo shows at La Fabrica (Madrid, Spain), the Marian Goodman Gallery (New York and Paris, France), Rudolfinum (Prague, Czech Republic), and The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) among others. She has also been featured in solo shows at Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), the Ellipse Foundation (Cascais, Portugal), the Smith College Museum of Art (Northhampton, MA), and MOCA (Los Angeles, CA) among others. Rineke is the recipient of multiple awards, including, The Citibank Private Photography Prize in 1998, The Werner Mantz Award in 1994, Art Encouragement Award in 1993, Epica Award for Best European Advertising Photography in 1991, Nomination for Young European Photographers in 1990, and the Kodak Award Netherlands in 1987. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of The Tate (London, England) and the Museum of Modern Art (NYC). Rineke’s work has also been reviewed in various publications such as the New York Times and Art in America Magazine. Rineke has also published various monographs including Rineke Dijkstra (Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2001), Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective (Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2012), Rineke Dijkstra: Portraits (D.A.P./Schirmer/Mosel, 2005), and Rineke Dijkstra: Beach Portraits (LA Salle Bank, N.A, 2001).