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Lidwien van de Ven



With her photographs Lidwien van de Ven (°1963, NL) focuses on issues of politics and religion while she postulates questions concerning the expressiveness of journalistic images. Her photos do not reveal their different layers of meaning at once, for they are poised upon the border between the visible and invisible, where the documentary, poetic and disturbing are brought together in a careful balance.

The photograph, Paris, 12/26/2006 (Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité) shows a nighttime street in the Marais. Current political controversies often make references to the three concepts that appear in this work. Simultaneously, they are also a part of the history of this particular Parisian district. This image and these words are the basis for the artist installation.

The exhibition is a part of the European project Interreg IVa ‘2 Mers Seas Zeeën’ Cross-boarder cooperative programme 2007-2013. This project is a cooperation between Aspex (Portsmouth), Boem vzw (Kunst & Zwalm), Fabrica (Brighton), L’H du Siège (Valenciennes), La Malterie (Lille) and Netwerk (Aalst). United by the motto ‘Investing in your future’ sustainable strategies for audience paticipation are developed. More info: Iris, Contemporary Art Network