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The value of photography

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Daniëlle Van Ark's solo exhibition from 20 April to 10 June 2018 in Foam raises questions about authenticity and the determination of value, especially in photography: the reproducible medium par excellence.

Common premise is the volatile meaning and value of the photograph as a reproducible art form. In addition to Van Ark’s most recent work, the exhibition also presents an installation created specifically for the Foam exhibition rooms in which the artist reflects on the selective ways in which her own work, too, gains value and significance. The installation consists of ‘old’ work, which is ‘stored’ on depot carts and shelves in the museum. The dusted-down works were far from randomly chosen: for Curator’s Office (2008-10), Van Ark photographed the offices and desks of curators in various prominent art institutions such as the MoMA and Artforum. Her installation is a playful protest against the power of the curator to position her work in the public eye – or to withhold it from view.

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