Inspired by a desire to manipulate the appearance of reality, Astrid Verhoef (b. 1973) creates photographs that recontextualise normality, moving the familiar into an unfamiliar landscape. Her practice examines humanity’s position in relation to manufactured and natural spaces. These themes find their expression in playful staging, placing individuals and objects in surprising settings. Questioning the boundaries between the real and the surreal, a profound interpretation of life emerges; it uses a new visual language in its reading of humankind’s place in the natural world. In Urbanite (2010-present), the subject, a city-dweller and office worker (often played by Verhoef herself) struggles amongst the elements in a desolate environment where a woman in stilettos falls into a lake and the simple computer mouse rises en masse against its user. Verhoef has exhibited work internationally, including at IJFFF Foto Film Festival and Photoville in New York. The photographs selected are part of the Urbanite series. www.astridverhoef.nl.
Rieko Whitfield is a Japanese-American artist whose experimental pop music from her debut EP Regenesis has been making waves in the London art scene. As a current artist in residence at the Tate Modern and a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, she has been gaining a cult following through live performances at the V&A and the ICA.
Documenting Youth Culture
During lockdown, London’s Museum of Youth Culture encouraged the public to delve through old shoeboxes, look in attics and flick through albums.