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HENRI PLAAT

Henri Plaat (1936) received his education as an artist at the Amsterdam ‘Kunstnijverheidschool’, the predecessor to the current Rietveld Academy. He is a visual artist who has been working with film since 1968, while continuing to paint, draw and make collages. In his films, Plaat combines a mild absurdum with documentary images he records on his travels through Europe, Asia, America and North Africa. These two styles are connected in his works through association. Fragments of reality – apparently unimportant villages on far mountain slopes, a turning fan in beautiful black and white, a man with an enormous lollypop… all the images are equally curious. The mystery of beauty is celebrated with exquisite compositions in the beautiful colours of the kodachrome 16mm reversal film.

Der Graf von Rü
(The Netherlands, 1978, 16mm, 5:00 min)

Spurs of Tango
(The Netherlands, 1980, 16mm, 32:00 min)

Other thoughts II
(The Netherlands, 1989, 16mm, 10:00 min)

Return to Prestcold
(The Netherlands, 1986, 16mm, 5:00 min)

Ladakh
(The Netherlands, 1981, 16mm, 10:00 min)

Postcards
(The Netherlands, 1974, 16mm, 15:00 min)


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