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Peace Be With You at The Koffieschenkerij at the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam 

Prolific Amsterdam-based photographers Greg Andruszczenko (b. 1973 Montréal Canada) and KaHo Pang (b. 1985 Creteil, France) combine recent personal Polaroid works to explore the place of peace-advocating visual communication in troubled times. Peace Be With You is familiar as a greeting in many faiths and cultures, where the phrase is typically is followed by a reciprocal response. Whether religious or secular, its message underscores the shared roles between people to enable harmony. 

The Koffieschenkerij at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam occupies a special place in the hearts of locals of the Red Light District, serving as a cultural gathering hub for artists, poets, thinkers, and koffie & cake-loving travelers of all sorts. The space is a living, daily manifestation of the artists’ vision  of vitality, light, and communion between people from near and far, in abstraction and in actuality. 

Being of Ukrainian heritage, Peace Be With You represents an especially reflective moment for Andruszczenko. His characteristic images capture bold graphical instances onto the magical instant materials of Polaroid. This body of work has been inspired by the outpour of Amsterdammers’ support for new arrivals from Ukraine, and by continuing rallies for peace throughout the Netherlands.  

Known for his ability to get close to people as well as bring them closer together, Leica-based street photographer Pang picks up the Polaroid camera for Peace Be With You. Pang employs the innocent plastic box camera to further disarm the subject to be candid at close range, while creating a shareable physical artifact of the moment captured. 

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Invisible at WM Gallery, Amsterdam. 


Curator: Sebastian Rypson/strypson@hotmail.com 

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