On the occasion of Copenhagen Photo Festival 2016 In The Gallery proudly presents Portraying Women, a solo exhibition by Danish photographer Jacob Gils.
For Portraying Woman Jacob Gils has created a new series of portraits of well-known Danish women, which in a simple and honest fashion emphasize each individual woman's character and her iconic status.
Gils' portraits unfold in the space between the study of the exterior physiognomy of the face and that of the internal landscape. Common to the women portrayed are their power, personality and strong character. In this series the artist's intention is not as such to highlight a woman's outer beauty, but rather the qualities that make her unique. It is a woman not as an object, but rather as an icon, that is central.
Gils’ portrait series has been created entirely in graphic black and white. To this quite reduced expression is added the portrayed woman's own chosen color, allowing for an incorporation of a very strong expressive element selected by the women themselves. By presenting a graphically reduced image, the focus shifts away from a more purely physical superficial exploration, to the capturing of inner strength and personality.
The same reduction of details in favor of a flat, simplified and abstract expression can be found in the series Limit To Your Love. The visual expression resulting from transferring pol aroids onto watercolor paper and a division into fields is what gives the series its distinct expression. The works come across as emotive statements with natural imperfections. The random distortion seen as white areas on the beige or black surfaces not only arises in the work with polaroids and negatives, but also in the prints' transfer to watercolor paper. The paper's special surface makes it difficult to control the final expression, the extent of distortion and as a result one field is never identical to its neighbor.
The exhibition Portraying Women will remain open throughout June 2016. We are looking forward to seeing you at In The Gallery.