Francesco Tenaglia

  • View of Willem de Rooij’s Pierre Verger in Suriname, 2021.
    picks May 17, 2021

    Willem de Rooij

    In this compact but extraordinarily layered exhibition, Willem de Rooij poses unresolvable questions regarding the ethics and efficacy of appropriation, an art-historical tradition that has long informed the Dutch artist’s own practice. An adagio-paced carousel of black-and-white photographs is projected onto an imposingly minimal one-way mirror. These 257 images were made by Pierre Verger—photojournalist, self-taught anthropologist, and initiate of the Candomblé religion—during an eight-day trip to Suriname in 1948. Shipped back to his native Paris to be archived by his mentor and associate