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Signing session Mariska van Zutven
1 Nov 2014, 13:00 - 17:00
On Saturday 1 November, photographer Mariska van Zutven (1969) will be signing at Kooyker bookstore. Van Zutven graduated in 2008 at the AKV St.Joost, with a specialisation in photography, and now teaches at the Visual Arts section of the Fontys and Avans colleges in Tilburg. She will be signing copies of her new and first book ‘Let’s assume you are born for happiness anyway‘.
This is a book with a special story: On Christmas Eve 2009, Van Zutven placed a contact ad, under the name Bellefleur, on the Dutch website ‘Marktplaats’ (Marketplace). In the ad she says to be looking for a man with a fruit tree in his garden, a symbol of quiet strength with episodes of bloom. De forlorn tone provokes curiosity: getting almost 4000 hits. The ad is followed by extensive email contact with potential fruit tree owner Ton. Hesitatingly, the two singles scan each other, carefully guiding towards an encounter. ‘Dating is knowing’ Ton states. But what are they actually searching for? Long before van Zutven went on her search for the man with a fruit tree, she photographed landscapes while on the train, ‘very simple and accessible beauty. Each moment is special’. The landscapes remind her of her longing for the outside, while she, constantly pressed for time, moves between car, work and home. With transcripts of the email contact and the photographs, Van Zutven formed her book. She was given a budget by the fund previously known as BKVB fund.
The book combines photo’s of quickly passing landscapes with profile pictures from dating websites of singles ‘passing through’, complemented by the investigating dialog between Bellefleur and fruit tree owner Ton. In the book ‘Let’s assume you are born for happiness anyway’, you will find, next to the portrait of a generation, a story in word and image about a quiet longing for a different life, about love and fear to be abandoned (again).
How do singles relate themselves to a world where they must market themselves as a product to a man (or woman)? The book offers a catching look into the mind of a hesitant photographer, who struggles with the abundance of possibilities, but is always lacking in time to think them through.
For more Mariska van Zutven: www.mariskavanzutven.nl