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Solo exhibition Eva Kreuger

Eva Kreuger (she/they) (1995, Haarlem, Netherlands) lives in Haarlem and has a studio space at Nieuwe Vide. They studied Photography at AKV | St. Joost Breda where they graduated in 2017. She was selected in 2019 by Unseen Foundation for Futures Photography platform and participated in the BredaPhoto International Talent Program. In 2022, she received the Kunstenaar Start grant from the Mondriaan Fund.

Kreuger bases their research on the manipulation and recomposition of an ever-growing archive of found photographic material. In a repetitive process of collecting, categorizing and editing, she searches for circularity and innovation in archival practice. An important part of processing the images is the use of printers and scanners, with which Kreuger zooms in on the materiality of the medium.

Finally, the images take shape again in her studio where they are installed in physical and three-dimensional form. Struggling with the flat surface of the photographic medium, they shift images back and forth between two- and three-dimensional objects as she works on sculptures and installations.

 

(In)valuable, (in)visible: the circular archive and value production in artistic spaces

“Hi Eva, Your number was on the card on your studio door.” “I hardly ever see you anymore and my space is starting to get too small.” “So I thought hmmm maybe I can expand into Eva’s space?” “Are you still using the room?” “Or if you use the space very little?” “I work here a lot.” Greetings M.

The question from my studio neighbor with a small business. Now I wonder what little is? When is work valuable enough to take up space? How much time is enough then? Is the art I make less important or valuable? The questions I ask myself as an artist are inherently politically charged.

The old printer in my studio fills the space with new images, stacks of prints with little physical value. Meanwhile, every little mistake in the system is a way to make each new copy unique.

The maker, the studio, and the archive influence each other. The space is filled by the archive, the studio shapes the collections. The light through the window, the view, they remind the inside space of the time that passes outside. 

In the circular archive, the photos are edited again and again, from flat images to three-dimensional works and back again, moving through space. Old memories transform into ink and paper and mingle with my questions.

This raises questions such as, how do capitalism and gender influence an art practice? What do archiving, space and circularity have to do with each other? What is valuable? For whom? What is not political?

The neighbor’s business phone call is distracting, it penetrates the wall and fills the room with sound. It raises the question: what are we taking with us, and where do we want to get rid of?

At Nieuwe Vide

During the exhibition at Nieuwe Vide, Kreuger’s work will continue to take on new forms and give visibility to a production process that takes up more and more space. An archive moves through the space via a circular arrangement of printers and scanners.

 

This project is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.

Opening: 
28.10.2023
16:00u

Finnisage:
04.02.2023

www.evakreuger.nl

Expo open: 
Friday- Sunday
12:00u – 17:00u

Open call for material!
During the exhibition at Nieuwe Vide, Kreuger’s work will continue to take on new forms and give visibility to a production process that takes up more and more space. An archive moves through the space via a circular arrangement of printers and scanners.
Kreuger bases their research on the manipulation and recomposition of an ever-growing archive of found photographic material. In a repetitive process of collecting, categorizing and editing, she searches for circularity and innovation in archival practice.
To continue to expand and grow this archive, we ask visitors to bring their own archive material. You can leave it behind, to have it included and processed in the archive, to take up space. It can be anything,old family pictures, a picture you recently made or something that didn’t make the cut.

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