Artist Profile — 2 Sep 2020
In the Presence of Absence, the bi-annual show of proposals for the museum collection, presents 23 artists (collectives). This artist page includes a text on the work and an artist contribution.
The work’s title is inspired by the book Last Resorts: The Cost of Tourism in the Caribbean by Polly Pattullo. “This surely must be paradise,” was a hotel review cited in the book, written by a tourist about her trip to Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas. Such reviews illustrate how the collective foreign imagination essentializes the Caribbean. Trapenberg uses this tourist’s quote as an opportunity to complicate such sentiments, and to suggest a more critical view of the Caribbean that goes beyond oversimplified tourist depictions.
Gilleam Trapenberg (b. 1991) received his bachelor's degree in photography from the Royal Academy of Art. His work has been published in W magazine, i-D magazine, Volkskrant Magazine, Refinery 29, and It's Nice That, among others. Exhibitions of his work have taken place at Fotodok in Utrecht, Unfair in Amsterdam, and La Cité in Paris. In 2017 he won the Lensculture Emerging Talent Award and he is the 2020 recipient of the Florentine Riem Vis Grant. His first solo exhibition will be on view at Foam, Amsterdam at the end of 2020.