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date: 06 December 2019

Van Lamsweerde and Matadinlocked

  • Martha Schwendener


Dutch photographic partnership consisting of Inez van Lamsweerde (b Amsterdam, 25 Sep 1963) and Vinoodh Matadin (b Amsterdam, 29 Sep 1961). Van Lamsweerde and Matadin met in the early 1980s while Matadin was studying at the Vogue Academy of Fashion Design in Amsterdam (1981–4) and van Lamsweerde was studying photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (MA, 1990). Their photographs have since straddled the worlds of fashion, art, and advertising. Van Lamsweerde’s residency at the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, New York, from 1992 to 1993 coincided with the rise of digitization, and their early work used Paintbrush software to digitally alter bodies in their photographs. It also emerged in an era of intense debate over the human body due to the AIDS crisis, Culture Wars, reproductive rights debates, and concerns about the developing field of human genetics. Works like ...

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