Play of appearances, a solo exhibition by Melanie Bosboom at C&H art space Amsterdam from the 18th of May until the 29th of June 2013.
In this photography series Melanie Bosboom plays with the viewer: she’s not a woman, she’s not a man and she uses dresses and clothes to camouflage herself. She takes the viewer into a playful world built by her fantasy where there isn’t a right or wrong. There is actually no image recognizable completely of the woman. Her characters are often covered with layers and layers of clothing, or hidden beneath coats, or in front of mirrors. Hiding and masking allows her to assume multiple identities in unusual circumstances and to play with ambiguities and contradictions. These two things fascinate her, especially the combination of them. What makes something male or female? How can an image provocative and challenging being at the same time vulnerable and fragile?