March 1, 2008 / May 25, 2008 Edwin Zwakman: Fake but Accurate
This spring Huis Marseille will be presenting a large retrospective on the well-known Dutch artist and photographer Edwin Zwakman (1969). His most recent series of photographs will now be shown in its entirety for the first time. The exhibition also includes a selection from his sketchbooks, which play a crucial role in the development of his projects and have a powerful expressiveness of their own. In addition to this, consideration is being given to the projects that Zwakman carries out on location and which were pivotal to the exhibition Iconic Target, held at the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen.
At first glance, it seems that Edwin Zwakman works within the tradition of documentary photography: we see new housing developments, traffic junctions and arteries, Dutch vistas, all taken from a specifically photographic viewpoint. The images are recognizable but never identifiable, as further inspection leads to the discovery that these are photographs of scale models constructed in his studio. Fake but Accurate: Zwakman creates a world that may not be real, but it is indeed true-to-life. This is how he prompts his audience to contemplate the manipulability of the Dutch landscape, the environmental planning of that landscape and its influence on society.
The exhibition was realised with loans from Galery Akinci, Amsterdam, and the Centraal Museum, Utrecht (long term loan H+F Collection).
Edwin Zwakman: Fake but Accurate, with texts bySaskia Asser, Els Barents, Marianne Brouwer, Harald Kunde, München (Schirmer/Mosel) 2008.
The exhibition will be opened by Jaap Guldemond, Senior Curator Contemporary Art at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
Design printed matter: Bart de Haas