||Milan Gies (08-04-1977) Curriculum Vitae
Theatre School De Trap Amsterdam (2001-2005)
Photo Academy Amsterdam (2005-2009)
Photo festival Naarden 2011
FAce Forward, Naarden (may/ june 2011) group exhibition
Artoll, Bedburg-Hau (Germany, january/ 2011)
group exposition: The Ideal Man
Fotogalerie FOTO 21, Bredevoort ( march / 24 may 2010 ) group exhibition
Panama, Amsterdam ( march / april 2010 ) solo
Test-Portal Gallery ( feb / march 2010 ) group exhibition
Frizz Conceptstore in Roosendaal ( feb / may 2010 ) solo
Galerie Sand, Groningen ( october 2009 ) group exhibition
Test-Portal Gallery ( sept /oct 2009 ) solo
BLEND, International lifestyle magazine / Publication 07-08- 2011 “NO CONTEXT”
NRC NEXT, The Netherlands / Publication 19-07-2010 men
DIGIFOTO pro No.2, Photography magazine / Interview & publication 2010
2009 Hollands Diep – Prestigious photography award
2010 Photo Academy Award – Nominated in 2 categories
Artist in residence:
The Ideal Man project
Artoll, Bedburg-Hau, Germany / one month in 2011
'De dionysische roes is in staat dit, zich omringd te weten door een schare van geesten waarmee men zich vereenzelvigt, op een hele menigte over te dragen.
Deze werking van het tragediekoor is het dramatische oerfenomeen: zichzelf voor eigen ogen van gedaante zien verwisselen en vervolgens zo te handelen alsof men werkelijk in een ander lichaam, in een ander karakter is gekropen.
Deze werking vormt het begin van de ontwikkeling van het drama.
Hier is reeds sprake van het opgeven van de eigen persoon om op te gaan in een vreemde natuur'
||My work, which I try to explain bellow is all part of one quest.
The human being and his desires are the central point in my work.
During my training in the performing arts my fascination for open, real contact came into being.
Moreover, an important condition is to be able to be vulnerable and small.
A colour that should be seen on our palette, especially for men.
The desire for that, my quest, has become the theme of my work.
The portraits in which I encounter and register the human being are autobiographical.
I'm being driven by an inescapable urge to want to mirror myself.
Concept Bedburg Hau ( December 2010 ) 'The Ideal Man Project'
In this project I wanted to continue my search for vulnerability within men.
Though I think there is no such thing as the ‘ideal’ man, one needs ideals.
But those ideals should always be reflected and placed in one’s own context.
Otherwise we start creating super ideals, which make the world hard and unreal.
The ideal can only exist if its opposite also exists.
There is perfection through the existence of imperfection.
video: YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL EYES
It is an existing exercise from a theatre school.
Man struggles with being open and vulnerable.
With striving and not being good enough.
Concept No Context (April 2011)
I started working on this project in November of last year.
Since I don’t earn enough money as an artist yet, I used to work as a taxi driver on the side. As a taxi driver I get in touch with people from all different layers of society. During work, I’ve often experienced how people treat Dutch-Moroccan and Dutch-Turkish citizens that are considered ‘troubled youth’ by some. I felt compassionate and was intrigued by their role in society. I tried to create a series that shows how these guys are free, if only they aren’t forced into a certain context. I searched for their real stories and characters and tried to grasp their vulnerability.
Concept project Bosnia (October & November 2011)
In this project I want to visit highschools in BanjaLuka, Sarajevo and Tuzla. Especially these cities, because they were brutally damaged in the war.
The new generation carries the experience, whether in their conscience or subconscience. Young people from the age of 16 – 20 all have different relations to the past, they could be relatives of victimes or fighters in the war, perhaps both, or just growing up in a country that has been trough so much.
The international community would be very interested in seeing the new faces of Bosnia.
The new generation men, what do they look like.
A series about young men, portrayed in the fragile years of becoming men and leaving their childhood.
Not the stories, but the faces.