Caroline von Courten: On my mind...


Achter de Horizon © Dagmar van Wersch

On my mind... Dagmar van Wersch

In her artistic practice, Dagmar van Wersch (1984, The Netherlands) often starts with found images, investigating the various layers of those abandoned photographs. Underlining certain features with a poetic twinkle, she makes subtle statements on the photographic medium and the memories it enhances in our lives.

This particular (rather unknown) work pops up in my mind every now and then, when I think about the connotations that go along with images. Connotations that are encoded in certain signs, but also that are formed differently by who is looking at the image and under which circumstances. The question rises, what happens beyond the frame of the image - literally and metaphorically?

Van Wersch delineated found images both in a descriptive and an interpretative way. The texts within the frame, referring to standard rectangle sizes of photographs, are factual descriptions of various sceneries. Beyond the frame are reflections of feelings, invisible thoughts of one of the protagonists, what happened before or what shall happen after. Even though the photograph is 'hidden' behind Van Wersch's text layer, it stays strong in my own visual imagination.

Achter de horizon (2011) first appeared as limited and hand-printed artist's publication, which Van Wersch made during her studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. A similar series (but in English) is Blind field, which she started in 2012 and that is exhibited as single images in light boxes.

About Caroline von Courten

Caroline von Courten (1983) currently holds the position of research assistant in the field of photography theory at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Her PhD is part of a four year long project conducted by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the universities of Leiden and Utrecht. The focus is on finding research and conservation strategies for photographic works onto which another medium has been applied, which is frequently the case in contemporary art. Caroline was managing editor of Foam Magazine between summer 2010 and spring 2012.

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