Dirk Zoete, So Called Human; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Surely it is a cliché to say life is a mystery and that we don’t live long enough to solve it.

However, assuming that life is indeed a mystery, the most mysterious part of it is undoubtedly us, the human race itself.

We imagine ourselves to be free, but in the mean time we have our rituals and our ways of thinking to try and guarantee us that freedom, while at the same time we are caught by time, space and life itself and all its limitations.

Dirk Zoete (1969), who presently shows his work at Galerie Maurits van de Laar, shows the human being in its restricted life, as it puts on a mask of culture and character, as if to mislead anything that could have power over it, including other human beings.

Imagine you enter the gallery and they are silently trying to defuse you.

How would you react?

I’d strongly give you the advise to give it a try and to see how much you have in common with them!

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to Dirk Zoete and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters


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