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Rineke Dijkstra

Galerie Max Hetzler | Oudenarder Strasse

For nearly two decades, Rineke Dijkstra has used frontal photographic portraiture to register the unrehearsed innocence, inhibition, and insecurity that mark the difficult and often tragicomic transition from adolescence to maturity. “Liverpool” presented new photographic and video work produced during the 2008–2009 Tate Liverpool exhibition “The Fifth Floor: Ideas Taking Space,” which provided the artist with a functional studio setup within the museum, much like the temporary studios she had constructed to isolate and film pubescent clubbers for her earlier work The Buzzclub, Liverpool, UK/Mysteryworld, Zaandam, NL, 1996–97. (Similarly, the Berlin exhibition was installed in a series of white cubes constructed within the gallery’s vast new industrial space in Wedding.) Once again, Dijkstra’s subjects were teens at a local club, but this time the video, The Krazyhouse, Liverpool, UK (

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