Rini Hurkmans
photo works


Blossom, video still nr 1 from a series of 8, 2006


a series of 8 video stills
archival pigment-based inkjet print (framed)
30,5 x 75 cm
edition of 3 and 1 AP

The series of diptyches photographs entitled Blossom are stills from the film Blossom. On one side, one sees images of dead Iranian young men (martyrs from the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran war) –shown in a small glass case, a symbolic bridal room. In these memorial cases, relatives have placed memorabilia and flowers as well as transparent curtains.

On the other side, images show the lively textile markets in Iran. The market's merchants are always men. The women who shop the colorful textiles are most of the time entirely dressed in black.

The art critic Janneke Wesseling writes about the film Blossom: “Hurkmans strives to express the unspeakable. Of all that cannot be expressed in words or be comprehended, this is most true of death. Hurkmans’ art works represent loss, emptiness, the absence of a loved one...
In Blossom, Hurkmans creates a fascinating reversal of things. The living talk, gesticulate and negotiate, but we never actually get to see them. However, we do see the dead ones, they even look straight at us. Death is present, while life is absent.”

Blossom, video still nr 2 from a series of 8, 2006

Blossom, video still nr 3 from a series of 8, 2006

Blossom, video still nr 4 from a series of 8, 2006

Blossom, video still nr 5 from a series of 8, 2006

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