Bertien van Manen

Netherlands (1942)
Biennale Images Vevey
Give Me Your Image

Bertien van Manen created her Give Me Your Image series while travelling across Europe between 2002 and 2005. Throughout her long journey, this Dutch photographer stayed with friends or chance acquaintances. Wherever she was a guest, she noticed her hosts’ cherished photographs. These pictures, as commonplace as they are moving, plunged the artist into the heart and soul of each home. Bertien van Manen decided to keep these memories alive by including their immediate surroundings, like small domestic altars surreptitiously caught on film.

With Give Me Your Image, van Manen creates a clever mise en abyme that evokes the time when L’Appartement – Espace Images Vevey was a family home.