Lidwien van de Ven : Living On

March 10, 2017 – April 28, 2017 all-day
255 ARTlab, School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba
180 Dafoe Rd W
Winnipeg, MB R3T 6B3

Lidwien van de Ven: Living On

School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba

Exhibition Dates: March 10 – April 28, 2017

New time: Reception: March 10, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Talk: March 10, 1:30-2:45 pm

In conjunction with the journal Mosaic’s 50th-Anniversary Symposium, “Living On,” the School of Art Gallery is pleased to present the photographic work of Lidwien van de Ven. The installation will be Van de Ven’s first solo exhibition in North America.

Van de Ven’s work is composed of a series of parallel research priorities into the politics of populism, religion, and the problem of the image. Working within and against the institution of photojournalism her work always intersects with aesthetics and instances in precise ways the situational limits of visibility – such as censorship, photo-degradation, ideological suppression, political correctness, aesthetics, and the processes of ideological creep over time– all questions of violence that are constitutive of the photographic image and the broader ecology of politics today. Lidwien van de Ven: Living On is an installation of photographs from Cairo, Gaza, the West Bank, and Beirut. A new work titled, Berlin, 12/01/2015 (das Volk) will be installed outside of the gallery for the duration of the show. A posterwith this image and an accompanying text written by the exhibition’s curator, Shep Steiner, is available at the gallery.

Lidwien van de Ven is a Dutch artist who lives and works in Berlin and Rotterdam. She has received numerous awards for her photographs and installations, most recently, the Dolf Henkes Prize in 2014. Van de Ven exhibits on international platforms, reaching global audiences. Her work was included in the Sydney Biennale, Australia (2006), Documenta 12 in Kassel (2007), and the Busan Biennale in South Korea (2012). She has exhibited at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid (2014), Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2014), and, most recently, she has been working on a long-term research commission for the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Her exhibition FRAGMENTS [of a desire for revolution] explores Dutch colonialism in Indonesia. It opened at the Van Abbemuseum in January 2017.

A lunchtime lecture series on Van de Ven’s work by University of Manitoba faculty will begin in Mid-March.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Admission is Free.

Parking: The School of Art Gallery is located in the University of Manitoba’s ARTlab, 180 Dafoe Rd, next door to Taché Hall and Drake Centre. Find nearby parking by following this link:

For more information:

Donna Jones

School of Art Gallery

255 ARTlab, 180 Dafoe Road




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