THEO DERKSEN 

STORYTELLING | PHOTOGRAPHY AND AUDIO VISUAL DESIGN

My art work is in national and international, private as well as corporate collections.

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Selection: The Kodak archives USA, Polaroid Corporation photography collection, Bibliotheque National Paris Fr, Foreign photographers Moravian Museum Brno Cz. Collection Scheringa NL, Museum More Gorsel NL. Swinnen collection Be, Andries collection Be, Van Hoef collection NL, Fine Art Collection Weert. City Collection Yuhang/Hangzhou China and many more personal and company collections. 

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My photographs are not assembled nor Photoshopped. 

Photoshop is only used as a digital darkroom.

Kind mijn kind

The exhibition ‘Kind, mijn Kind’ (Child my Child) questions the human capacity for being a perpetrator or a victim. In different contexts people are capable of filling either role.

 

In their work the participating artists address a number of paradoxes. Seeming contradictions. The paradoxes of power and powerlessness, of victims and perpetrators. In different situations people will experience the degree to which they are powerful or powerless, are victim or possibly even perpetrator.  In the exhibition the aforementioned paradoxes are expressed in photographs by Theo Derksen and paintings by Jos Wigman.

 

Through projected photographs and paintings we see how the images of victim and perpetrator fade into each other. These morphing images, are accompanied by a penetrating music composed by musician/composer Ernst Jansz.

 

The history of the Gesamtkunstwerk Child my Child and the question-raising paradoxes are extensively discussed in the essay The Fine Print.

 

More information under essay.

 

During the development of the exhibition we also encountered opposition. Opposition against simultaneously showing victims and perpetrators in the exhibition space.

 

More specifically: 36 photographs of victims of the Holocaust and 12 paintings of Joachim von Ribbentrop representing the Nazi perpetrators. Is it acceptable to do this? One of the most important answers to this question is the following statement: All, victims as well as perpetrators, are children of parents and potentially parents of children.

 

The Child, my Child project is about more than just an exhibition. It has led to an ambitious art event that includes several activities such as debates, workshops and cross-overs with poetry, music and film.

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Willem Jansen, curator. Maastricht 2016

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