Inez & Vinoodh (1963 / 1961)

As of 2018 The Ravestijn Gallery is excited to be representing the photographers duo Inez & Vinoodh, known for their fearless and adventurous photography that fluidly moves between art and high fashion. The Dutch, New York-based, artists Inez van Lamsweerde (1963) and Vinoodh Matadin (1961) are partners and collaborators whose practice moves between genres and media, pop-culture, fashion and art.

The duo has been exploring and pushing the boundaries of art and fashion photography for over three decades. In the early 1990's they were at the forefront of using new developments in digital technology for photography, paired with a bold aesthetic sensibility, it resulted in a signature style that was to become a world-famous brand: Inez & Vinoodh.

In their work the artists do not seem to make an a priori distinction between fashion or art, instead all of their work is part of their overarching creative vision: images (or videos) that are enticing in their aesthetic perfection, that seduce the viewer, only to draw her or him into a world where a familiar narrative might just be turned upside down, becoming provocative. In an interview Inez & Vinoodh emphasise the powers at play in their images: “for us there’s always this sense of duality, there’s always a tension between the beautiful and the grotesque, the spiritual and the mundane, high fashion and low fashion, male and female.”
While always highly polished, their images critique social norms regarding gender and sexuality, undermining these conventions as well as the prejudices they bring about.

Another aspect of Inez & Vinoodh’s power and appeal stems from the fact that every image is born out of a collaboration between two people, which emphasises the mystery of genesis behind each image. In this process, the image always comes first, only upon its creation is it decided to which realm it might belong: art, fashion, a particular editorial or an altogether different context.

Often their images are printed larger than life, enhancing their other-worldliness, such as the photographs of pop-icon Lady Gaga. The artists’ intervention of collage technique abstracts the famous star into an almost unrecognisable, ethereal muse.

This blending of techniques and their mastery of digital manipulation has had such a following in photography, becoming ubiquitous up to the point one would almost forget just how daring and cutting-edge the duo’s explorations of photography’s boundaries have been since their earliest work.
The seemingly effortless movements of the artists between editorials, videos, exhibitions, experimental montage and assemblage, are a rare thing indeed, and form the foundation for the vigorousness of the firmly established brand Inez & Vindoodh.

Inez & Vinoodh have created ground-breaking editorials for such publications as American, French, Japanese and Italian Vogue, V Magazine, Visionaire, The New York Times Magazine, The Gentlewoman, and W Magazine, as well as campaigns for Balenciaga, Balmain, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Isabel Marant, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Valentino and Yohji Yamamoto.

Their work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally including the Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Hayward Gallery in London, the Deichtor hallen in Hamburg and the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. A retrospective show titled PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING 1985-2010 began its international tour at FOAM, Amsterdam in the summer of 2010 and has since travelled to the Pavillion Bienal in Sao Paulo, the Dallas Contemporary in Dallas and Fotografiska in Stockholm. This year their work will be on view at the Palazzo Reale in Milan curated by Francesco Bonami and at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin.

Maggie Rizer, Vogue Paris, 2002 Maggie Rizer, Vogue Paris, 2002 Natalie Portman - The New York Times Magazine, 2005 Natalie Portman - The New York Times Magazine, 2005 Anja Rubik Decending a Staircase - Vogue Paris, 2005 Anja Rubik Decending a Staircase - Vogue Paris, 2005 Viggo Mortensen - New York Times Magazine, 2006 Viggo Mortensen - New York Times Magazine, 2006 Michelle WIlliams - New York Times Magazine, 2006 Michelle WIlliams - New York Times Magazine, 2006 Lady Gaga / Joe Calderone 3 - You & I, 2011 Lady Gaga / Joe Calderone 3 - You & I, 2011 3 Queen Anne's Lace, 2013 3 Queen Anne's Lace, 2013 Shalom in New York, 2006 Shalom in New York, 2006 LG 3000, 2016 LG 3000, 2016 Lucy Fer, 2013 Lucy Fer, 2013 3 Yellow Roses, 2013 3 Yellow Roses, 2013 A Two-Tone Stretch Satin and Lace Pantsuit by Bertrand Marechal - The Face, 1994 A Two-Tone Stretch Satin and Lace Pantsuit by Bertrand Marechal - The Face, 1994 Christy Turlington & Dick Page - Nova, 2000 Christy Turlington & Dick Page - Nova, 2000 Anja for Bruce Sterling, 2005 Anja for Bruce Sterling, 2005 Explode (Sculpture by Eugene van Lamsweerde), 2005 Explode (Sculpture by Eugene van Lamsweerde), 2005 Shalom Smoking at Christiaan’s House - Self Service, 2006 Shalom Smoking at Christiaan’s House - Self Service, 2006 Shalom Harlow at 853 7th Avenue - Self Service, 2006 Shalom Harlow at 853 7th Avenue - Self Service, 2006 Hilary at Midnight - W Magazine, 2007 Hilary at Midnight - W Magazine, 2007 Lara Stone - Purple Magazine, 2007 Lara Stone - Purple Magazine, 2007 Shalom Harlow - V Magazine, 2007 Shalom Harlow - V Magazine, 2007 Untitled (Head 2) - 2008 Untitled (Head 2) - 2008 Untitled (Head 3) - 2008 Untitled (Head 3) - 2008 Eniko for Peace - Self Service, 2008 Eniko for Peace - Self Service, 2008 Eniko in New York - Self Service, 2008 Eniko in New York - Self Service, 2008 Eniko Mihalik - Self Service, 2008 Eniko Mihalik - Self Service, 2008 Eniko and Abe - W Magazine, 2008 Eniko and Abe - W Magazine, 2008 Dree Hemingway - Purple, 2009 Dree Hemingway - Purple, 2009 Freja Beha Erichsen - Purlple Magazine, 2010 Freja Beha Erichsen - Purlple Magazine, 2010 Jennifer Lawrence - W Magazine, 2010 Jennifer Lawrence - W Magazine, 2010 Painted Roses, 2013 Painted Roses, 2013 1 Pink Peony, 1 Two Tone Carnation, 1 Sandersonia, 2013 1 Pink Peony, 1 Two Tone Carnation, 1 Sandersonia, 2013 3 Dahlias, 2013 3 Dahlias, 2013 Rollergirl, 2017 Rollergirl, 2017 Lou and the Rose, 2018 Lou and the Rose, 2018 1 Rose Hip, 1 Dahlia, 1 Globe Amaranth, 1 Yellow Turban Buttercup, 2019 1 Rose Hip, 1 Dahlia, 1 Globe Amaranth, 1 Yellow Turban Buttercup, 2019 Lady Gaga / Leonor, 2015 Lady Gaga / Leonor, 2015 Cindy Sherman - The Gentlewoman, 2019 Cindy Sherman - The Gentlewoman, 2019 Anyieth at Play, 2019 Anyieth at Play, 2019 1 Pitcher Plant, 1 Purple Iris, 1 Lay Slipper Orchid, 2013 1 Pitcher Plant, 1 Purple Iris, 1 Lay Slipper Orchid, 2013 Rianne van Rompaey / H.A.L. 9000, 2019 Rianne van Rompaey / H.A.L. 9000, 2019 Lady gaga / Mel, 2015 Lady gaga / Mel, 2015 Dutch Tulip, 2019 Dutch Tulip, 2019 Freja and Raquel with Tourists by Duane Hanson, 2009 Freja and Raquel with Tourists by Duane Hanson, 2009
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032c

December 9, 2019
'Body Performance: INEZ & VINOODH in Berlin'

BOF

BOF

November 13, 2019
'Why Inez and Vinoodh Are ‘De-Digitalising’ Their World and Focusing on Humanity'

Photographie

Photographie

December 2019
'Der Korper Als Kunstwerk'

W Magazine

W Magazine

October 29, 2019
'Inez and Vinoodh's New Show Will Feature Mega-Scale Paintings of Their Photographs'

Vogue

Vogue

October 29, 2019
'Inez & Vinoodh are putting their most beautiful photos on display in Milan'

Italian Vogue

Italian Vogue

October 4, 2019
'Inez & Vinoodh by Francesco Bonami'

FD Persoonlijk

FD Persoonlijk

October 4, 2019
'Kunstgreep'

NZZ am Sonntag

NZZ am Sonntag

September 22, 2019
'Im Bett mit Lady Gaga'

NRC

NRC

September 11, 2019
'De fascinatie van Inez & Vinoodh voor het gemanipuleerde lichaam'

Metropolis M

Metropolis M

September 9, 2019
'Het zoete leven - feestelijke seizoensopening Amsterdamse galeries'

Handelsblatt Magazin

Handelsblatt Magazin

September 5, 2019
'Schneewittchen und Ihr Voyeur'

L'oeildelaphotographie

L'oeildelaphotographie

September 4, 2019
'Inez & Vinoodh : I See You in Everything'

Mendo

Mendo

August 29, 2019
'Inez & Vinoodh: a wild, fantastic collaboration'

Vogue Magazine

Vogue Magazine

September 2019
'Onze droom is een hotel vormgeven'

Het Parool

Het Parool

September 15, 2018
'Catalogus van drieluiken op de muur'

Guggenheim Museum Video

Guggenheim Museum Video

December 8, 2016
'Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin'

M2M Video

M2M Video

January 18, 2016
'Inez & Vinoodh at the Beatrice' with Glen O'Brien

Vogue Video

Vogue Video

May 19, 2011
'Girls on film'

FOAM Video

FOAM Video

June 29, 2010
'Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin at Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam'

Paris Photo 2019

Solo presentation Inez & Vinoodh

Thu 7 Nov 2019 - Sun 10 Nov 2019


Art Fair
Paris (FR)

Inez & Vinoodh

'I See You in Everything'

Sat 7 Sep 2019 - Sat 19 Oct 2019


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

UNSEEN 2018

Eva Stenram, Martina Sauter, Inez & Vinoodh

Fri 21 Sep 2018 - Sun 23 Sep 2018


Art Fair
Amsterdam (NL)