Wytske van Keulen
We would come to doubt everything. And almost everyone would come to doubt.
‘The documentary photo project We would come to doubt everything… deals with Juan (Jan), a Brabant dentist who thirty years ago left
everything behind to start a new life in the remote mountain village of San Sebastian de Garabandal in Spain. Juan de la Torre leads the
life of a hermit and has devoted himself to the ‘study of life’, immersing himself in books on religion, alternative philosophies, the falsification
of history and conspiracy theories.
Van Keulen visited Juan and took pictures of both the rugged, romantic mountain landscape around Garabandal and Juan’s daily life.
By enveloping her subject, leaving openings in the image sequence and occasionally adding existing archive material to her photographs,
the photographer is able to create a portrait of a mysterious figure. Van Keulen stretches the limits of the documentary genre, and explicitly
appeals to the viewer’s imagination.’ (Xander Karskens, 2008)
The work We would come to doubt everything... is also a book. For the book I asked artist/writer Nickel van Duijvenboden to write a short fiction.
The story is entitled Hohenau, after a village founded by German colonists in Paraguay. Van Duijvenboden wrote the story through loose
associations with my photographs. Though reality and fiction share some parallels, the outcome is totally different.
Read here Verhaal met gaten, a lecture by Nickel van Duijvenboden about our cooporation for the book We would come to doubt everything...
(pdf, 12 pages, in Dutch).
Selection of images (35)
Installation views We would come to doubt everything. And almost everyone would come to doubt, 2010
Slide installation with three synchronised slide projectors, 9 minutes
Exhibition: Quickscan NL, Dutch Photography Now, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam and Dutch Culture Centre, Shanghai (CN)