›Fake but Accurate‹
Edwin Zwakman
Huis Marseille
NL . Amsterdam, 01 Mar - 25 May 2008

This spring Huis Marseille will be presenting a large retrospective on the well-known Dutch artist and photographer Edwin Zwakman (1969). His most recent series of photographs will now be shown in its entirety for the first time. The exhibition also includes a selection from his sketchbooks, which play a crucial role in the development of his projects and have a powerful expressiveness of their own. In addition to this, consideration is being given to the projects that Zwakman carries out on location and which were pivotal to the exhibition Iconic Target, held at the Ludwig Forum fr Internationale Kunst in Aachen.

At first glance, it seems that Edwin Zwakman works within the tradition of documentary photography: we see new housing developments, traffic junctions and arteries, Dutch vistas, all taken from a specifically photographic viewpoint. The images are recognizable but never identifiable, as further inspection leads to the discovery that these are photographs of scale models constructed in his studio. Fake but Accurate: Zwakman creates a world that may not be real, but it is indeed true-to-life. This is how he prompts his audience to contemplate the manipulability of the Dutch landscape, the environmental planning of that landscape and its influence on society.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated monograph, containing texts by Saskia Asser, Els Barents, Marianne Brouwer and Harald Kunde. Designed by Bart de Haas, the book Edwin Zwakman, Fake but Accurate is expected to come out at the end of April. The option of signing up for a copy beforehand will be announced on our website.



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