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  Good Old Gays
At his exhibition Running into people’s consciousness,  a.k.a. Good Old Gays, Paul Koeleman presents us with two series of photographs. The first series takes as its subject male and female gay couples. For the most part over fifty-five years old, these couples are enjoying relationships that have been going strong for at least two, sometimes even over five, decades. 
The portraits are staged within the couple’s own private environment in an attempt to investigate the nature of symbiosis between two characters. In addition to this, Koeleman also adds to a longstanding Dutch cultural tradition, dating back to the 17th century, when the Dutch burgers ordered paintings of themselves proudly depicting them within the confines of their own domesticity.

For the second series Koeleman has mounted small strip lights on his photographs. Lights that attract as well as repel the eye of the viewer because the human eye tends to turn towards (sources of) light but in this case this is too bright to allow for prolonged viewing. Through this physical reaction on the overabundance of light the viewer can bemade aware of the fact that he or she is looking. And of the fact that the light disrupts the voyeuristic desire to appropriate something of the portrayed persons being.
Koeleman’s photographic light plastics therefore don’t subject themselves to the viewers gaze, they look back and thus take as their point of interest not only the art work as such but also the viewer and viewing itself.

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