Hans van der Meer’s not so empty realms

Xenotopia

Cardiff gallery ‘Other Spaces’(a name I thoroughly approve of, for soundly xenotopic reasons) are currently hosting an exhibition of Dutch photographer Hans van der Meer.  The show is called ‘Off the Shelf’ and consists of  images of strange suburban spaces that are both utterly banal and strangely distinctive.  At first sight they could be anywhere, but the closer you look you realise that they are very particular indeed – distinctively Dutch, as van der Meer himself claims.  I was asked to write an essay to accompany the exhibition which you can read here:  other spaces writing 1-2 Van Der Meer Angus Cameron.

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