A Wapping new project comes to Mayfair

With haunting images of thorns in jars and women’s faces taken over by reptiles, the work of Netherlands-born photographer Juul Kraijer is certainly arresting.

Juul Kraijer, Untitled, 2013

Source: Image Courtesy of the Artist

Juul Kraijer, Untitled, 2013

The photographer has been chosen as the debut artist to show in a new Wapping Project Backside space opening in Mayfair next month, thanks to Jules Wright, who launched The Wapping Project and Wapping Bankside, and antique dealers Malletts.

Juul Kraijer, Untitled, 2012

Source: Image Courtesy of the Artist

Juul Kraijer, Untitled, 2012

This new site replaces the Wapping Project Bankside’s former home near the Tate Modern.

Juul Kraijer, Untitled, 2013

Source: Image Courtesy of the Artist.

Juul Kraijer, Untitled, 2013

The exhibition will span the third floor of Malletts, and showcases Kraijer’s dramatic, Surrealist-inspired style.

According to the gallery, Kraijer’s use of reptiles and other animals in her imagery aim to ‘subvert the traditional hierarchies between human and animal, model and accessory’.

Juul Kraijer, Untitled, 2012

Source: Image Courtesy of the Artist

Juul Kraijer, Untitled, 2012

It goes on, ‘In a situation that would normally arouse anxiety, the model preserves a stillness and grace reminiscent of Renaissance portraiture, further evoking a sense of an otherworldly, dream-like space through real encounters that border on the surreal.

‘Moreover, the stark images resist any specific time or context, conveying a sense of the eternal.’

Juul Kraijer, Untitled, 2012

Source: Image Courtesy of the Artist.

Juul Kraijer, Untitled, 2012

Juul Kraijer is on show from 18 September – 30 October Mallett, Ely House, 37 Dover Street London W1

Juul Kraijer, Untitled, 2013

Source: Image Courtesy of the Artist

Juul Kraijer, Untitled, 2013

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