"Over the last five years Sylvie Zijlmans has created photo works of an intimate world in which something unspeakable has taken place. Mysterious events that are certainly possible but highly improbable. Bacteria are spat back and forth across the table. Smoke rises from mugs, glasses and bottles. The people in these images have witnessed something terrifying. They confront us menacingly, like giants. Though greatly enlarged these photo works are extremely sharp. In combination with the method of presentation - sometimes merely a loosely suspended backlit transparency - this sharpness is confronting and alienating. Zijlmans' oeuvre is contentious, experimental, and creative. it teems with the ideas and multiple associations.
Sylvie Zijlmans' extraordinary visual eloquence has led to her being invited to participation Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen's H&F Mecenaat, a patronage program that allows the museum to collect and exhibit the work of internationally important contemporary artists. I would like to thank the artist for her commitment to this project. The museum is greatly indebted to its patron Han Nefkens who has made both the exhibition and publication possible through his financial support".
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