in the company of men

Photomontage Video 2015

A photo album from 1977, found in a Rotterdam second hand shop follows a Dutch 18 year old carrying out compulsory national service.
Meandering through the seasons of this year ‘In the company of men’ is a photo-montage of the people and spaces of this transitional period in a cold war citizens construction.

Between the performative spaces of the family and the military/ social environment the photographer, soon to be adult, moves from the parental shelter through the spectacle of national defence. A slow meditation on gestures, gazes and the performance of cohesion, defence, and masculinity within a male hierarchical environment. Within a period of a the heightened performance of national security in the peak of the Cold War.


sol archer 2019