BREAD & WATER BY YANI
Fujicolor Crystal Archive Type DPII,
220 grams behind 3mm Plexiglass
44 x 59 inches
Edition 1 of 7
We all recognize them: artists desperate for inspiration, writers struggling with a writer’s block, actors narrowly escaping a nervous breakdown just before stepping onto the stage. Harder to find are the artists who are able to work both autonomously and in commission, who answer your emails on time, respect deadlines and, above all, bubbles with ideas and energy. Yani is an artist in the second category. Although he is not sure he would call himself an artist. What exactly is an artist? Or even: what is an artist in times when art and the art market seem to be two different worlds?
My definition of an artist would be: a creative person who cannot help but create, motivated by an “inner urge”, as Kandinsky expressed it so beautifully. Whether it is a painting or a video, a photograph or a performance: I believe that as long as it comes from the depths of the creator’s soul and triggers some – perhaps undefinable – emotion in the viewer, it can be called art. Which brings me to Yani. He is the artist who comes to mind when I think about creativity, passion, work ethic, ideas and originality. Give him a subject and he adjusts it to suit him, give him a camera and he captures things you have never noticed before. His unrivaled ability to visualize and then create situations not only requires talent and knowledge of the subject matter, but also the bravado that speaks from his work. Words like “impossible” are not in his vocabulary and, if anything, only challenge him to keep going and not let go.
This series of black-and-white photographs by Yani revolves around man and his struggle with nature, which is stronger than humanity and its centuries of technical and scientific inventions. Too much water extinguishes fire, but without water there can be no life. And Yani has managed to capture this beautifully. – Manuela Klerkx