Vrai ou Faux?
Exhibition: – 1 Sep 2013
Sat 1 Jun 17:00 - 19:00
Nederlands Fotomuseum / Netherlands Photo Museum
3072 AR Rotterdam
Netherlands Photo Museum
3072 AR Rotterdam
Tue-Fri 10-17 . Sat, Sun 11-17
True or false? This question is central in the exhibition Véronique Bourgoin: VRAI OU FAUX? | TRUE
OR FALSE? ACT I & ACT II, which is on view in the Nederlands Fotomuseum from the 1st of June to the
1st of September 2013. The exhibition consists of a space-filling installation made by Véronique Bourgoin.
Drawing on a vast collection of contemporary and historic photographs, this French artist is playing with
the concepts 'true' and 'false'. This subject matter is central in a life-sized trompe-l’oeil installation where
visitors are taken along in an illusory world. The exhibition opens on the 1st of June at 5.30 pm with a performance by Vero Cruz and the Hole Garden with a musical improvisation by Reza Azard and the Forty Dollar Baby in the Nederlands Fotomuseum.
Vrai ou Faux? emphasizes the subjective character of concepts such as 'true' and 'false'. 'Truth' and 'real' have become relative notions, both in and outside photography. The boundaries between real and artificial have been blurred, not only in the image (through forms of manipulation that are increasingly becoming accepted), but also as a consequence of the more and more radical relativization of 'truth' in society, economics, politics and even science. Experts and institutions are forfeiting their authority in favour of laymen. Views and opinions have come to be more important than knowledge and facts. The exhibition Vrai ou Faux? aims to visualize that transformation.
For the exhibition Vrai ou Faux?, Véronique Bourgoin designed an extensive trompe l’oeil installation in two rooms, with a setting of intimate living rooms. In these private environments she shows work from a variety of sources. The collection includes historic images, but also work by contemporary European artists and from daily papers and the internet. By means of a unique composition of images the installation aims to visualize the transforming effect of truth, on a local and international scale alike. Whether it concerns aesthetics, culture, the environment, the media, the economy or social behaviour, the role and significance of 'truth' is subject to change.
Vrai ou Faux? has been on display at various places in Europe and at every location it responds to topical themes. In addition the exhibition is supplemented by work of local artists and photographers who have participated in the workshops, and from collections. In the exhibition of the Nederlands Fotomuseum it involves work by Erik Kessels, Paul Kooiker and Bastiaan van der Velden. From the collection of the Nederlands Fotomuseum Bourgoin selected images by Violette Cornelius, Bob van Dam / Combipress, Wally Elenbaas, Bernard F. Eilers, Ed van der Elsken, Lucebert, Cas Oorthuys, Peter Martens, Hans Spies, Hannes Wallrafen, Lies Wiegman and Piet Zwart, among others. Of Bernard F. Eilers she selected magnificent Amsterdam School interiors of the Binnenhuis, J.A. Snellebrand and Pieter Vorkink.
ACT I with the Works by Julia Abstadt | PL | Antoine d’Agata | FR | Reza Azard | IR-FR | Bachelot Caron | FR | Veronique Bourgoin | FR | Linda Bilda | AT | Fredi Casco | PY | Joan Fontcuberta | ES | Alberto Garcia Alix | ES | Gelatin | AT | Sara Glaxia | MX | Gudny Gudmundsdottir | IS | Risk Hazekamp | NL | Les Hole Garden | FR | Alison Jackson | UK | Adolfo Kaminsky | AR | Erik Kessels | NL | Martin Kippenberger | DE | Paul Kooiker | NL | Lutz Krüger | DE | Jean-Louis Leibovitch | FR | Jerome Lefdup | FR | Anne Lefebvre | FR | Jochen Lempert | DE | Boris Mikhailov | UA | Judith Rohrmoser | AT | Hank Schmidt in der Beek | DE | Juli Susin | RU | Bastiaan Van der Velden | NL | Les Yes Men | US | And from the collection ROYAL BOOK LODGE the Works from: Abel Auer | DE | Dick Bengtsson | SE | matali crasset | FR | Guy E. Debord | FR | Andy Hope 1930 | DE | Daniel Johnston | US | Dorota Jurczak | PL | Charlet Kugel | CZ | Jonathan Meese | DE | Raymond Pettibon | US | Ralph Rumney | UK | Storwal | IS | Miroslav Tichy | CZ
And from the collection NEDERLANDS FOTOMUSEUM: Violette Cornelius | Bob van Dam / Combipress | Wally Elenbaas | Bernard F. Eilers | Ed van der Elsken | Lucebert | Cas Oorthuys | Peter Martens | Hans Spies | Hannes Wallrafen | Lies Wiegman and Piet Zwart | among others. Of Bernard F. Eilers she selected magnificent Amsterdam School interiors of the Binnenhuis | J.A. Snellebrand and Pieter Vorkink.
ACT II with the archives of ATELIER REFLEXE and the work by Milou Abel . NL | Begum Alaybeyoglu . TR | Maria Aya . ES | Julian Baron . ES | Flore Baudelot . FR | Manuela Bohme . DE | Kaspars Breidaks . LV | Sophie Carlier . FR | Inga Erdmane . LV | Faustine Ferhmin . FR | Bernhard Fureder . AT | Josquin GF . FR | Rodrigo Gomez Reina . PT | Evita Goze . LV | German Gutierrez . ES | Nicolas Haro F. Cordoba . ES | Mona Hermann . AT | Charlotte Hjorth-Rohde . DK | Yanis Houssen . FR | Kumral Kepkep . TR | Janis Klimanovs . LV | Dimitris Koromilas . GR | Valerie Loron . FR | Chryssoula Mamoglou . GR | Christopher Mavric . AT | Efthimis Mouratidis . GR | Tomas Murube . ES | Bjargey Olafsdottir . IS | Christina Papafragou . GR | Constantin Paschou . GR | Sophie Polzl . AT | Phila Primus . CZ | Thanassis Raptis . GR | Marjolijn Rijks . NL | Birgit Rinagl . AT | Ilke Sahin . TR | Marie-Helene Sauner . FR | Sandra Schmalz . DE | Markus Sigl . AT | Judith Stehlik . AT | Jeanne Susin . FR | Elif Temizer . TR | Thomas Thomell . SE | Sarah Toumayan . FR | Caglar Tozluoglu . TR | Gamze Tozun . TR | Esra Ural . TR | Annegien van Doorn . NL | Yedras Vargas . ES | Margot Wallard . UK | Nicole Weniger . AT | Lee Wing Ki . CN | Hakan Yasar . TR | Elif Yilmaz . TR | Antoinette Zwirchmayr . AT | And guests: Thomas Ellis. FR | Tato Olivas . ES | Man by Men . FR | Ivo Kocherscheidt . AT | FR | Joseph Zekoff . AT
Artistic direction: Veronique Bourgoin | Coordination: Stefanie Gattlen | www.vraioufaux.name