Handshake Society (Rule of Six)
Photo-installation, part of the exhibition Statics and the Movement in Between at Frontviews Gallery in Berlin, curated by Nazli Gurlek in 2010. Handshake Society was also presented as a solo project at Mikro Projektraum, Düsseldorf, Germany in 2010 and was part of the exhibition Finisterre at FoMu in Antwerp curated in 2011 and The Artist as a Collector at LLS in Antwerp in 2014.
On the ocassion of the exhibition at Mikro, a publication with a text by Koen Sels was released >>Pressure and perspective, A study in reciprocal palmistry<<
Installation view of Statics and the Movement in Between at Frontviews Gallery, Berlin, 2010
The handshake is a seemingly innocent gesture by which human beings make contact in both a literal and figurative way. In a broader societal context, however, it can also form a decisive moment in establishing power relations, a moment that is often staged to be photographed and symbolized. Handshake Society is a selection of found, cut-out and blown up images, results from a research on the ways we shake hands, how these handshakes are represented, and what 'hidden' psychological dynamics these representations might reveal. The series examines both the subject of human psychology in power relations, and the way we — the people in general and the photograph in particular — perceive gestures as meaning more than what meets the eye.