Artist Jimmy Nelson exhibited at TEFAF 2020

TEFAF Maastricht is widely regarded as the world’s premier fair for fine art, antiques, and design. Alongside the traditional areas of Old Master paintings and antiques, you also find the artworks of photographic artist Jimmy Nelson.

Dutch-British artist Jimmy Nelson is internationally known for his iconic books Before They Pass Away (2013) and Homage to Humanity (2018). Jimmy Nelson has travelled the world for over 30 years to visit and portray indigenous communities in their breathtaking beauty and traditional appearances. This art provides a new perspective to dominant cultures of how powerful, wealthy and inspirational these Indigenous cultures are. The artist aims to inspire humanity to create a deeper connection with their own cultural identity and each other, and to safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage for future generations.

"Proudly looking forward presenting and meeting you at TEFAF 2020,The European Fine Art Fair in the MECC in Maastricht, Netherlands. This 10-day fair attracts about 75,000 visitors and is considered one of the world's leading art fairs which I am honoured to be represented at by the gallery Mieke Zilverberg."

Artist Jimmy Nelson

In collaboration with Mieke Zilverberg, a Dutch archaeologist who is specialized in antique objects from the Mediterranean area, the fine arts combined will be exhibited at Stand 437. It is the perfect opportunity to bring the ancient past and the contemporary together. While Mieke focuses on the beauty of cultures from the past and their preservation, Jimmy wants to celebrate the splendour of the cultures he visits in the present and support them in the future.

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About Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson (UK, 1967) started working as a photographer in 1987. Having spent ten years at a Jesuit boarding school in the North of England, he set off on his own to traverse the length of Tibet on foot (1985). The journey lasted two years and upon his return his visual diary, featuring revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet, was published.

Soon after (1987) he was commissioned to cover a variety of culturally newsworthy themes for many of the world-leading publications ranging from the Russian involvement in Afghanistan and the ongoing strife between India and Pakistan in Kashmir to the beginning of the war in former Yugoslavia.

In early 1994 he and his Dutch ex-wife Ashkaine Hora Adema produced Literary Portraits of China. A coffee-table book about all indigenous cultures in China and their translated literature. From 1997 onwards, Jimmy undertook commercial advertising assignments for many of the world’s leading brands. Meanwhile, he spent his whole life accumulating images of indigenous cultures.

In 2010 he began his journey to create the artistic document that became Before They Pass Away, which was published in October 2013. Its success and the responses to it have enabled and encouraged Jimmy to continue this journey. In October 2018, Nelson published the first interactive book Homage to Humanity, for which he visited another unique 34 indigenous cultures around the globe. The book is accompanied by the 2019 Webby Award-winning mobile application that makes it possible to scan every image in the book and bring them to life with exclusive films, interviews and 360 ̊ film material. This allows people to see the making of the work and to understand the process behind it.

Today Jimmy is using an 8x10 analogue plate camera to bring the project to its next level. Jimmy strongly believes that if you change the way you look at people, the people you look at change. And if that change is powerful enough, it will gather momentum to affect the whole of humanity. A message that today he is promoting through talks at international conferences and museum exhibitions. With the proceedings of his art projects, the Jimmy Nelson Foundation was set up to take it a step further in supporting the communities on the ground.

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