40 years of visual narrative
Tjebbe van Tijen
OPENING September 15 at 17.00 hrs
Mediamatic shows an overview of the beautiful layered image rolls/
scrolls of Tjebbe van Tijen.
Back in the sixties, Van Tijen took part in the development a method to
use integrated images and text strips to document social and political
realities. He would comment on events which would take place in his
direct environment. To this day he uses panoramic horizontal scrolls
and vertical banners in the tradition of the classic Greek/Roman and
East Asian culture. These scrolls visualize complex and layered
subjects in a comprehensive manner while maintaining their narrative
structure. This in contrast to the often used computer presentation
program Powerpoint which pushes the previous image out of sight with
each change of slide.
This exhibition is about portraying the tremendous historic value and
beauty of an oeuvre which has been in the making for decennia. The work
does not only take the viewer on a journey down memory lane, but also
opens a source of social, political and artistic subjects in our
contemporary and dominant image culture.