Forest Fairytales presents visitors with a world that seems to stand apart from everyday reality and by doing so gives spectators the chance to temporarily escape from everyday life. At the same time, Forest Fairytalesprovides the distance that is sometimes needed to view one’s own life from another perspective or to come to view the world in a different way.
Curator Guido de Vries’ inspirations for this exhibition were the woods around Apeldoorn, fairytales and the contradictory qualities both the woods and fairytales possess. A forest is not just beautiful, fairylike and enchanting, but it also is a frightening and dangerous place full of dark secrets. A fairytale is more than a story with a happy ending. It tells us about good and bad, light and dark, ugly and beautiful, soft and hard, tension and relaxation.
photography: Christiaan de Bruijne