Ton Zwerver | AnOther | The Photographer Making Sculptures Out of People’s Things

This year AnOther Magazine partnered with Unseen Amsterdam to create a series of features around its spectacular 2017 edition. Here we celebrate three photographers we discovered there. First in this series is Ton Zwerver, represented by C&H Gallery.

The first time Dutch photographer Ton Zwerver created one of his Sculptural Interventions – so he calls the images he creates of his various subjects with their personal belongings assembled around them – he was working as a painter while studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. A decorator of houses, that is – not a traditional fine artist. “I had to do some work for people, painting and those kinds of things in people’s houses,” he tells me over the phone. “We placed everything in the middle of the room with some plastic over it, and so came the idea that it could be a nice sculpture.” Sometimes haphazard and unpredictable, sometimes perpendicular and meticulously organised, the resulting photographs always make for surprising representations of their protagonists. Take the striking image of a woman in turquoise, her back arched and her face covered, standing in the centre of a wooden-floored room, for example. Or that of a floor littered with broken seashells, a dishevelled assortment of furniture piled in its centre.

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Text Maisie Skidmore