Lieve Prins

The Netherlands, Amsterdam Galerie Caroline O’Breen

Belgian-born Lieve Prins (1948) is internationally considered as a pioneer in copy-, scan- art. She has refined her ability to speak with and through photocopy machines and scanners, transforming mundane reproducers of 2-D documents into a gorgeously expressive medium. How many of us suspected that this bulky, frustrating to operate and frankly dull exterior have disguised a machine with a soul that yearns to sing?

To create a work on the copier or scanner her [human] models lie on a warm glass plate, twisting into strange positions. Lieve Prins calls it ‘Horizontal Theatre’. In her most recent work, a coöperation with Aruba-born artist Shakiro Werlemans, consisting of a series of female torso’s, the role of gravity is reversed. The model is not lying on a glass plate with a camera underneath, but on her back with the camera on top of her. ‘Horizontal Theater’ in reverse. The female torso’s are the result of a performance in which the models themselves played an important role. They are portraits of the women exposing their personality by means of self chosen objects, symbols and ideas. The series engages in the connectedness of women with their body as part of their identity.

Both Lieve Prins’ work as her performances are been shown internationally, a.o. in the VS (New York, California), Spain, Italy, Brazil (São Paulo), Belgium, Finland, Toronto and France and in Holland a.o. at the Stedelijk Museum, Gemeente Museum The Hague, Fotofestival Naarden and several art galleries. Her work featured in a wide range of national and international publications, on television and is included in many private and corporate collections. In 2006 the launch of her book ‘touch’, presenting an overview of all her work until then, took place in Foam.