F. Starik. Eeuwig in aanbouw / Forever being constructed

Stadsarchief / Municipal archives Amsterdam | January, 2022

An exhibition in the treasury of the Amsterdam municipal archives accompanying the publication Leven als museum / Life as a museum (Dutch only) in which Vrouwkje Tuinman and I built on the artistic and literary legacy of Dutch poet, author, artist F. Starik (1958-2018).

At the heart of this- and other versions of the Starik Museum are the photographs I made after his untimely death, in his house and at the funeral. These pictures were initially made to serve as documentation for those close to Starik. In the exhibition(s) they manifest as miniature diorama’s and presented in relation to assemblages of objects that were part of Starik’s life. My role in all of this shifted from photographer to designer, curator, and back.

Book and exhibition are additional iterations of Starik’s ideas about his Life as a museum, following an earlier small scale presentation in the Museum of Literature in The Hague.