Lidwien van de Ven

Short Biography

Lidwien van de Ven (b. Hulst, 1963) is an artist who works in the realm of political and religious subjects. In her research she takes a rather journalistic approach, gathering material and delving into her subjects, though the work itself is not photojournalistic as such. Van de Ven’s presentations are made with monumental sized images brought together in carefully constructed installations. The images, photographed in Europe and the Middle-East, often record that which is outside the frame of news stories and investigate the frontier between reality and representation, image and language, news and contemporary history, while leaving whole the enigma of the visible. Her photographic installation document was shown as part of Documenta 12 in Kassel (2007). For Be(com)ing Dutch at the Van Abbemuseum, she produced the installation Freedom of Expression (2008), commissioned by the Van Abbemuseum for this show. She lives and works in Berlin and Rotterdam.

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