Rein Jelle TerpstraAs is well-known, we live in a culture of high-speed production, including fast distribution and presentation of photographic images.
Rein Jelle Terpstra is looking for another relationship with the photograph. Usually we look straight through a photograph towards the scene that is depicted. Instead, his work always carries the possibility of making this ‘transparent’ medium visible itself. Not looking through but at a medium.
Terpstra makes some of his artworks for public space, others are with and about photography. The connection between the two types of work is to be found in the themes of memory, absence of (photographic) images, seeing, reflection on seeing and its residue: what should be physically present, or, what do we need to see in order to generate a memory?