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Daniëlle van Ark - Untitled, 2011

Signed and numbered on a label
38,7 x 49,7 cm
Edition of 10 + 2 AP

Power and status, transience and mortality are recurring themes in the work of Daniëlle van Ark. For her series Transience, she photographed the process of lavish flowers wilting on graves. It reminds us of vanitas, a style of symbolic works of art especially associated with still life painting in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Latin word means vanity and corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. In this case not only the beautiful faded flowers show us their transient nature. Because light almost destroyed the film, Van Ark questions the transition of analogue to digital photography. The fact that she used an analogue film for this image is visible as soon as you look closely to this image: the stamp of Kodak appears in the lower part of the image.

Daniëlle van Ark embarked upon a major series for which she gained access to and photographed the back rooms of countless natural history museums, her subjects being stowed taxidermy animals. “I am a conceptual documentary photographer—I never move or touch the animals,” van Ark has said. “The idea is that I take photos of how the work was put away, and that is where the absurd comes from.”

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