About the artist
The portrayed faces of photographer Menno Kok (NL, 1972) are simultaneously familiar and anonymous, flamboyant and timid. They give expression to an era and generation. They are self-aware in their fragility, self-assured in their adolescence. The photographs are presented in Het HEM’s toilets, a place where people are usually alone and noise fades to the background. In their absent presence they literally let silence fall.
About the artwork
Guillaume: ‘Menno’s an amazing portrait photographer. He works with these really distinct characters, which gives a certain direction to his practice. The more confident people feel about themselves, the better able they are to engage in a dialogue. That’s why it’s so important to know where you come from; that’s where you find the building blocks for the knowledge of self.’