Alexander Koning

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As a television cameraman, I probably filmed some 400 reports in over 50 countries during the past fifteen years. I covered anything from natural disasters
France, 1978, cameraman, filmmaker and visual artist living and working in Amsterdam.,war zones and diseases to political events, music videos and short documentaries. These travels, I feel, gave me an interesting look into humanity and our global society. I was able to witness up close what most of us will only learn about through media. Back home I found I was eager to transfer the stories I encountered into something more lasting than television: Painting.

Inspired by the expressionist movements of the early 20th century, the works by Albert Camus on the artist and his time, Sigmund Freud's ideas of the conscious versus the unconscious mind and contemporary heroes like Marlene Dumas and Jenny Saville, I try to combine the technical and aesthetic aspects of painting with a documentation of our rapidly changing global identity.


‘The unexamined life is not worth living’ Socrates once said. ‘My biggest fear is knowing how to paint, but not knowing if I have anything significant to say.’ American painter Jason Shawn Alexander once stated.
These two quotes are typical of the way I unite my camerawork and my art and it’s for that reason that I hang them prominently on the wall of my studio.
During my studies at the Art Academy in Maastricht it became clear to me that a work of art is basically a compressed essence of the world of its creator. So in order to make good art, I thought, I had to load myself with experience.
I had to expose myself to adventure, cultures, love, misfortune and joy. I was determined to explore all facets of life in order to find out what was existentially important to me and what was irrelevant.
When I was given the opportunity of becoming a cameraman I did not hesitate.
The many trips we undertook to create reports, although they could sometimes be difficult, shocking and depressing turned out to be an inexhaustible source of life lessons and insights.
Another important similarity between cinematography and art is the creative process in itself. Making something that did not exist yet that very morning. Bringing together a large number of choices, experiences and reflections into a unique product is an extraordinary process that can provide hard lessons and great vulnerability, but deep existential satisfaction as well. The job as cameraman has since become a necessary part of my existence. A relentless curiosity about ‘what will come next’ has taken hold of me for years and I, therefore, have no other choice than to simply ‘create’ and distil the stories of my travels to make my experiences tangible so that someday, with some luck, they might evolve into eternity. ”
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