Kim Boske

Amagoi No Taki #1, 2018 Photography, handmade washipaper, dyed in natural indigo at Awagami factory, Kamiyama, Tokushima, Japan, 64,4 . 43,5 in, paper size, edition of 3 + 2 AP

© Kim Boske. Courtesy FLATLAND

Amagoi No Taki, 2018 Installation. Photographies, handmade washipaper, dyed in natural indigo at Awagami factory, Kamiyama, Tokushima, Japan 

© Kim Boske. Courtesy FLATLAND

Born in 1982 in Bourg-en-Bresse. Lives and works in Saint-Léger-sous-la-Bussière, France 

Presented by Etienne Hatt 

Amagoi no taki 

Beyond the photographic medium, which captures the present moment, Kim Boske collects fragments of reality that are then layered into complex and hypnotic compositions that pay homage to the incredible complexity of the natural element, the undisputed protagonist of her work. Guided by a fascination with the passage of time and how it affects the natural element, Boske creates poetic collections of moments, where the focus is on the process rather than the end result. 

For a ppr oc he, Kim Boske presents a series of dyed indigo prints Amagoi no taki. Handmade on photographic washi papers, they were then dyed with natural indigo at the Awagami Factory in Kamiyama, Tokushima region, Japan, during Kim Boske’s residency at KAIR (Kamiyama Artist in Residence) in 2018/19. The delicate technique of natural indigo dyeing is an ancient craft that has become rare. Through a delicate sequence of actions, the traditional blue ink is obtained from ingo leaves that are stirred and watered for months, making an indigo vat a living organism in its own right. As a result, Boske’s washi paper prints are soaked, leaving a specific depth of color, a rich range of blues and an ever-diverse gradient result on the washi photographic papers. A delicate balance of ingredients, moments and actions triggers a reaction in the blue color, whose intensity is constantly changing, just like a living creature, just like the natural subject depicted in Boske’s works. 

Kim Boske graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2005. She has received several grants from the Mondriaan Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK). Her work has been exhibited in international museums including Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Moscow Museum House of Photography, Moscow; Shanghai Himalayan Museum, China; Nizhny Novgrorod State Art Museum, Nizhny Novgrorod, Russia; and the Singapore International Photography Festival. Her work can be found in many collections such as the Nederlands Fotomuseum, the AMC Collection, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, the Dutch Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Weisz Collection in Amsterdam. 


FLATLAND is an Amsterdam-based gallery operating on an international scale. The gallery has been based since 2012 in the heart of art-rich Amsterdam — near the photography museum Foam, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Rijksmuseum — and is best known for representing innovative and international photographers. From this foundation, the gallery has expanded to a broader roster of contemporary artists using more varied media. In April 2020 Fiona became co-owner of the gallery; she works closely with artists Kim Boske, Giovanna Petrocchi, Pinar Demirdag and Stelios Karamanolis. 

FLATLAND, Lijnbaansgracht — 314  1017 WZ Amsterdam, NL 

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