Streetview Bas Losekoot
Museum MORE is focusing this autumn on the human being in the metropolis. Streetview explores the photographer Bas Losekoot’s vision of life in densely populated and ever-expanding cities.
‘I visualize the city as one big organism. With us, its inhabitants, moving around it as urban animals.’ The artist and photographer Bas Losekoot (1979) observes our behaviour, attitudes and the choreography we perform together in our modern megacities. He picks out the individual in the commuter crowd as this intricate ballet unfolds in railway stations, tunnels and streets. Losekoot freezes anonymous passers-by as they hurry to unknown destinations. The momentary stillness of the photographs lends his work a dramatic charge. A kind of heightened realism is assumed by the chosen figure. No longer a mere extra, this passer-by becomes an enigmatic character in an open-ended script.
Bas Losekoot embarked on his photography project more than a decade ago in New York. Having become fascinated by the most powerful wave of urbanization in history, he was keen to explore the dynamics of the Urban Millennium. He uses the street and the public arena as a modern no man’s land to zoom in on our hidden private lives.
‘What most interested me at first were the cultural differences in each city. But I realized over time that we have more in common with each other than we do differences.’ In the meantime, he has taken his project to nine global metropolises. Losekoot’s psychological and sociological journey has led him from Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos and London to Mexico City, Mumbai, New York, São Paulo and Seoul. The exhibition features a selection of 42 photographs that sum up the photographer’s vision.
Book Streetview Bas Losekoot
The poet and author Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer wrote in his essay Metropolises, for the book accompanying the exhibition: ‘A metropolis is a cacophony of stories, the most fascinating drama ever written, and one that will never end’. And ‘As a symbol and ultimate realization of our all qualities and weaknesses, the metropolis is our habitat. Nowhere are we more human than as humans among humans. Anyone who wants to understand anything about us only has to read our faces in this hellish heaven and the heavenly hell we have created for ourselves.’
Streetview Bas Losekoot is published by Lecturis. This book includes the 42 exhibition photographs, together with previously unpublished work by Losekoot.
Exhibition ‘Streetview Bas Losekoot’
Museum MORE, Ruurlo
13 November, 2022 until 5 February, 2023