Aker Imaging presents Elizabeth Kleinveld and Epaul Julien: In Empathy We Trust opening reception
Aker Imaging Gallery will present In Empathy We Trust by the duo of Elizabeth Kleinveld and Epaul Julien. Kleinveld and Julien work collaboratively as e2 to change perceptions, minds and hearts through the power of the images and the belief in the power of empathy.
Working together they combine as one the arts of both acting and photography in their current art project of re-imagining the classic paintings of the old masters such as van Eyck, Rafael, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Fragonard and Manet. Using the original paintings to inspire their work they are trying to shock the viewer into questioning their own idea of what the world really is and inviting them to see it anew. The duo does this by changing the paintings subjects with regard to race, age, gender or sexual orientation. These remakes challenge the viewers' own perceptions and ask them to see the world in a whole new light through their use of humor, wit and playfulness. In so doing, they hope this will challenge the viewer not to think in stereotypes, which often result in prejudice and discrimination.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through December 2.