Ecstasy
Sanne Sannes

Feb. 1, 2020 – May 10, 2020
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The photographer Sanne Sannes (1937-1967) is known for his coarse-grained, erotic portraits from the 1960s. During his short life, Sannes’ obsession for female erotic power motivated him to repeatedly make photographs of women during ecstatic sessions. With around fifty different black and white photographs, the exhibition ‘Ecstasy’ at the Kunsthal presents an intimate series focusing on eroticism and desire.

The models – mostly women from his direct environment – were often portrayed in the nude and close to the skin, while he was circling around them. In addition, he manipulated the negatives by scratching them, using chemicals and applying double exposure to create portraits that were as intimate, pure or abstract as possible. Within the context of our current timeframe, Sannes’ body of work is of an exceptional, pure beauty. The exhibition is realized in collaboration with Kahmann Gallery and also includes film clips, archival material and books.

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Sanne Sannes, ca 1960-1967 © Courtesy Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam