Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek - Exactitudes - Photographs London Friday, May 15, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    Exactitudes, Kunsthal Rotterdam, 7 February - 19 April 1998 (other examples from the series exhibited); Exactitudes, One of a Kind, The Toledo Museum of Art, 25 April 2008 – 29 June 2008 (other examples from the series exhibited); Exactitudes at Selfridges: A collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 26 February – 20 April 2008 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek: Exactitudes, 2002, cover; Peter York, ‘Tribal Gathering’ in The Independent Magazine, 29 March 2008, pp. 20-27

  • Catalogue Essay

    Titles include: Nr. 89 Miss Shapes, London, 2008; Nr. 90 Geeks, London, 2008; Nr. 91 Bears, London, 2008; Nr. 92 Pin-ups, London, 2008; Nr. 93 Bonkerboys,  London, 2008; Nr. 94 Bu Ying!,  London, 2008; Nr. 95 City Girls,  London, 2008; Nr. 96 Casettes Gang, London, 2008 and Nr. 01 Gabbers, Rotterdam, 1994
    Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 14 years. Rotterdam's heterogeneous, multicultural street scene remains  a major source of inspiration for Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, although since 1998 they have also worked in cities abroad.  
    They call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people's attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element.
    Wim van Sinderen, Senior Curator, Museum of Photography, The Hague


London Series from Exactitudes

Nine Colour coupler prints, each Diasec mounted, printed 2009.
One 59 x 84 cm. (23 1/4 x 33 in) and eight 59 x 41.9 cm. (23 1/4 x 16 1/2 in).
Each signed and numbered 2/3 in ink on the reverse of the flush-mount

£7,000 - 9,000 ≠ †

Sold for £6,250


16 May 2009, 3pm