The Groninger Museum harbours an extensive, unique collection of contemporary photography. The exhibition What will the neighbours say? showcases a wide selection of work by leading photographers from the Netherlands and elsewhere from the last 50 years.
The work on view ranges from Diane Arbus’s and Larry Clark’s 1970s documentary photography, through Anton Corbijn’s and Catherine Opie’s portraits and Inez van Lamsweerde’s fashion work of the 1980s and 1990s, to Ruud van Empel’s and David LaChapelle’s staged scenes from the past decade.
The photographs address themes such as diversity, artificiality and identity and pose an overarching question: why do we increasingly look at ourselves through the imaginary lens of another?