statement

Thomas Kuijpers’ is a visual artist, who investigates how image and text are used to create a narrative about a true event. He's interested in the way the representation of this truth is constructed and always on the lookout for topics wherein this representation has different verions. By playfully adding extra versions of the ‘truth’ to a certain discourse of truthfinding; or distracting different versions of this truth within the topic, Kuijpers is constantly questioning the value of the concept of truth- and it’s representation.

The use of archival materials is almost always the starting point of the work—he is a big collector. Everything starts with a collection. A collection in which he thinks he can find this red line, this fragment, this small metaphor that unravels the way the story is told. This collection, or a part of the collection, pretty much always becomes a part of the work itself (whether or not in processed or unprocessed form).

Some voices might be a bit louder as others, but that’s no reason to think one is more truthful then the other. Through manipulation, recontextualizing existing materials and distilling small details from big stories; Kuijpers makes us understand the difficulties when attempting to capture the truth.