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['In the Wonderbox'] Mixed media installation, 9 x 4 x 2,5 meters, exterior of the installation.

Presented by Foam photography Museum and Soledad Senlle Art Foundation, 2012

The installation In de Rarekiek allows the visitor to step into a world of wonder. Kraal has designed a life-size diorama, nine meters long, four meters wide and two and a half meters high. Peepholes line the front of the structure. This diorama is a reference to the so-called Wunderkammer produced in Europe during the Renaissance. It was a room full of curiosities and forerunner of the museum as institution. This cabinet of curiosities was the domain of scientists and intellectuals, where objects and strange articles were collected and classified. With In de Rarekiek Kraal examines science from a strong desire for imperfection. Her search for imperfection and asymmetry breaks through the classical ordering and categorising of objects. The objects she displays are for the most part indefinable and cannot immediately be traced back to something, whereby the meanings are muted creating an imaginative and magical microcosm. In de Rarekiek can be considered as a key work in Kraal's oeuvre. Her studies over the past years of archives, stories and collections come together in this work. Fascinated by the present and the past, aspects in her work refer to her own memories and events, and she investigates her own worldview.

Photography Gert Jan van Rooij


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