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.
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.
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.
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