DISCOVER THE WORK OF THE NOMINEES FOR THE MEIJBURG ART COMMISSION 2021 #Nominee 3: Popel Coumou

Popel Coumou, Untitled, 2021, Torch Gallery.

The five nominees for the Meijburg Art Commission 2021 are Thorsten Brinkmann (Hopstreet Gallery), Thibault Brunet (Galerie Binome), Popel Coumou (Torch Gallery), Saskia Noor van Imhoff (GRIMM Gallery) & Wanda Tuerlinckx (Art Gallery O68).

THE THIRD NOMINEE FOR THE MEIJBURG ART COMMISSION 2021: POPEL COUMOU

"I think it is important that you need a longer time to understand the image, that it does not immediately reveal itself.”

The Dutch photographer Popel Coumou is known for her analogue, two-dimensional and model-like collages, for which she requires nothing more than paper and directed light to suggest space, depth and perspective. In fact, she is harking back to the basic ingredients of photography: paper, light and the ways in which the maker interprets and records reality. With her photos, Coumou asks questions about the ways in which we perceive spaces. She also examines how much she can leave out without losing the essence. At times it may seem as if she has used Photoshop, but behind her practice lies a more artisanal approach, with a multitude of techniques. The end result is an image that seems to hold the mid ground between painterly abstraction and geometric photography. 

The winner of the Meijburg Art Commission 2021 will be announced during Unseen.

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