Man’s Trusted Friends
Charlotte Dumas (Vlaardingen, 1977) is fascinated by the relationship between people and animals, if it concerns mutual trust. But also the abuse of trust. After graduating from the Rietveld Academy, in 2000, Dumas went to the Rijksacademie. There she made a series of monumental portraits of police dogs. After this, Dumas focused on police horses. Whereas police dogs are trained to give in their instincts, the police horse is trained to suppress its instinct and go against nature. In 2003 Dumas’ work was shown in Huis Marseille at the exhibition ‘First Round’, where Dumas, Marco van Duyvendijk and Gertjan Kocken were presented as promising talents. In September 2004, Paul Andriesse Gallery presented her then latest series, the dark portraits of the horses of the Carabinieri a Cavallo in Rome.
Meanwhile Dumas has shifted attention again, this time to wolves. They represent an entirely other emotion from horses: cautiousness and the impulse to attack. So far she has photographed wolves in the United States, Sweden, Norway, Italy and the Berlin Zoo. Slowly but shurely – making only four to ten photos a year – Dumas is working on a consistent body of work with a strong theme. Tranquil and decorative, but intriguingly multilayered which gives the work content and depth.
Galerie Paul Andriesse, Prinsengracht 116, 1015 EA Amsterdam. Tel +3120-6236237.
©Pim Milo, 2005