My installation "Nude" focuses on the earliest process of coloured photos developed by Kodak, named "Ektacolor Normal". With a Vietnamese background and adopted by Dutch parents, viewing photographs of my relatives, I noticed that the colour of their skin was not 'real'. Apparently, it was not possible to show colours of people in a colour photograph. The photographic material - which consists of three layers of colour: red, green, and blue - was developed in a way that only white people were represented naturally.
By developing the film not in a classical way in the dark room, as prescribed by Kodak, but by separating the layers of emulsion in a chemical way, I made the colours brown, red, and yellow, visible. These colours are essential in creating life-like skin colours.
The 3 colours are presented autonomously and in life size (association with human body) as an installation, 3 chromogenic prints mounted on dibond, behind acrylic/ 100 cm (width) x 180 cm (height) each/ Unique piece/ 2018/ in VU Corporate Art Collection Amsterdam, NL.
Also available each colour/ 2018.
Special thanks to art conservator Wende Wallert, the research lab of the science department at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, and acrylic magician Frits Tijbout.
Various private collectors (Barneveld and Groningen, NL).