Me & My Models by Jan Hoek

The Golden Edition
by Jan Hoek

April 3 - May 9

Opening Night
Thursday April 2 from 6 - 10 PM

Jan Hoek has photographed amateur models, mentally ill homeless people in Africa, a girl with no arms and legs, a heroin addict who dreams of being a model, or people he has simply found in advertisements on the internet. The photo shoot is never what he expected, model and photographer always have different expectations. The model actually wants sex while Jan Hoek wants to shoot the dog. The model tries to be as glamorous as possible, while Jan wants to picture the decay. Photographing is not just about the image but also the relationship between the photographer and the model. How far can you go with your models?

“I believe there is always a certain degree of ethics involved in photography. It is almost impossible to take photographs of people without consciously, or unconsciously, crossing boundaries and with things happening that you don’t want or expect. I feel this is often covered up in photography, while I would like to show it … ”

Me & My Models was first exhibited at Foam Amsterdam in 2013. In this Golden edition created for RIOT recent work is added to the installation including work from New Ways of Photographing the New Masai and The Pattaya Sex Bubble.

RIOT Dendermondsesteenweg 80, Gent

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