The work of artist Simon van Til (1985,
The Netherlands) focuses on conditions
of reality in relation to representation
through photography, by way of precise
views onto the world and through auto-
nomous reflections off of this world, to
reflect on the world being reflected back
upon itself and to reflect on being in the
world.
Previous works have paralleled specific
circumstances of natural light and time
to photographic exposure and duration,
having been photographed at the speed
of light, during nighttime and by moon-
light. Other works focused instead on
specific objects; objects that have moved
through time, objects whose understan-
ding has changed over time, to include
or transform former or past realities.
Most recent works center on the optical
principle of the camera obscura, under-
stood as a natural, omnipresent aspect
of the world itself, to look at the nature
of representation in itself.




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Studio view, large format camera
inside of a camera obscura, 2021



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Installation views of Back to the Future
Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam
January 19 - March 28, 2018
Traveled to
C/O Berlin, Amerikahaus, Berlin (DE)
September 29 - December 1, 2018
Traveled to
Mai Mano Haz, Hungarian House of
Photography, Budapest (HU)
February 1 - March 17, 2019

The traveling exhibition Back to the Future,
the 19th century in the 21st century
, paired
19th-century photography with contemporary
practices, uncovering parallels in motif, method
and means.



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Chimú Suite, 2015-2018,
six silver gelatin contact
prints, each 10x12,5 cm.
Framed 46x52 cm.




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Detail of Chimú Suite,
2015-2018


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Detail of Chimú Suite,
2015-2018




Chimú Suite is made up of six photographs,
presenting a group of six pre-Columbian Chimú
burial vessels. Photographed inside a darkened
tent with a small hole in the top, the objects were
lit by daylight during exposures that lasted up to
several hours,
gradually appearing from the dark-
ness. Yet, as a result of an accidental double
exposure on already exposed film, the artefacts
almost disappear from the pictures
instead.
Brought forth by a civilization long lost, these
vessels persist, in continuing to exist, but remain
perpetually elusive.


detail of Chimú Suite, 2015-2018,
six silver gelatin contact prints,
each 10x12,5 cm. Framed 46x52 cm.



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Installation views of Back to the Future,
the 19th century in the 21st century
,
C/O Berlin, Amerikahaus, Berlin (DE)
2018

Works were shown alongside 19th-century
albumen prints by Stephen Thompson that
document pre-Columbian vessels from the
British Museum, photographed in the 1870's.




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Two Chimú-Inca Vessels, 2012
double exposed photograph,
silver gelatin print, 28x36 cm.
Framed 78x92 cm.



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Location photograph, Two Chimú-
Inca Vessels
, Museum Volkenkunde, National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden,
The Netherlands, 2012


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Location photograph, Two Chimú-Inca Vessels, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam,
The Netherlands, 2012




Current and Equivalent, 2018
assemblage, three pre-Columbian
Chimú burial vessels, ca. AD 900-1470,
wool blanket, two ash wood elements



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Installation view of Back to the Future,
Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam.




Current and Equivalent is a sculpture informed by
notions of displacement and duplication. A small
show at an antiquarian's shop in 2015 centered on
the removal of six pre-Columbian vessels attributed
to Chimú culture, replaced by photographs of the
objects. A concurrent exhibition at De Ateliers in
Amsterdam then housed the vessels alongside other
sculpture. The work Current and Equivalent from
2018 consecutively compressed this installation of
disparate objects into a single sculpture, as a form
of reproduction. Three vessels had been traded in
the meantime, abstract wood objects were reinter-
preted. Tracing a history of shifts of use and meaning
in the passing from one location to another, this
succession of transformations and reconfigurations
of past work will again bring forth new sculpture.

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Untitled, 2015,
six pre-Columbian Chimú vessels,
this work is no longer extant.


Simon van Til

Untitled, 2015, oak and brass,
this work is no longer extant.



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Installation view of Offspring 2015,
De Ateliers, Amsterdam.



Untitled, 2014-2018
chromogenic color print,
24x18 cm. Framed 31x25,5 cm.



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Objects in the collection of RMO,
Royal Museum of Antiquities,
Leiden
, The Netherlands

Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij




Untitled, 2014
chromogenic color print,
24x18 cm. Framed 26x20 cm.



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Objects in the collection of RMO,
Royal Museum of Antiquities,
Leiden, The Netherlands







The Parallel I, 2013
double exposed photograph,
silver gelatin contact print,
10x12,5 cm. Framed 78x92 cm.

In this work a double exposure doubles
a single object, making it run parallel to
itself.



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Installation views of One and the other,
De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam,
May 23, - July 4, 2014



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Installation view of One and the other,
De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam,
2014




Object Study, 2014
chromogenic color print,
120,5x152,5 cm.
Framed 124x156 cm.



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Umbra in Umbra, 2012-2013
photographed by moonlight,
silver gelatin print,
52,5x65,3 cm.
Framed 56x68,5 cm.

The work Umbra in Umbra was
photographed in nighttime, by the
light of a full moon, and recorded
a shadow that was cast on the dark
side of the Earth.



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Installation view of One and the other,
De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam,
2014






Installation views of When I Give, I Give Myself,
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, installed
throughout the permanent collection,
May 20, 2015 - January 17, 2016

The group exhibition When I Give, I Give Myself at the
Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam put emphasis on the

artistic and existential questions that preoccupied Van
Gogh
, expressed in the more than 800 letters written by
Van Gogh, most of them addressed to his brother Theo.
Each of the 23 artists and writers in this exhibition was
sent a carefully chosen letter by Van Gogh, along with
the request for a response, in the form of a work of art,
a letter or poem, to forge meaningful links between Van
Gogh's ideas and contemporary art and literature.
The exhibition, on display alongside Van Gogh's paintings
and drawings, was held on the occasion of the commemo-
ration of the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh's death.




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'I took a walk along the seashore one
night, on the deserted beach. It wasn't cheerful, but not sad either, it was - beautiful.
The sky, a deep blue, was flecked with clouds of a deeper blue than primary
blue, an intense cobalt, and with others that were a lighter blue - like the blue whiteness of milky ways. Against the
blue background stars twinkled, bright, greenish, white, light pink - brighter,
more glittering, more like precious
stones than at home - even in Paris.
So it seems fair to talk about opals, emeralds, lapis, rubis, sapphires.
The sea a very deep ultramarine -
the beach a mauvish and pale reddish shade, it seemed to me - with bushes.'

Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo,
Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, on or
about Sunday, 3 or Monday, 4 June
1888 (letter 619)




Untitled, 2015
double exposed photograph,
photographed by moonlight,
silver gelatin contact print,
10x12,5 cm. Framed 78x92 cm.



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Installation views of Sea Views,
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam,
June 17, - September 17, 2017

Comprising a selection of photographic seascapes,
anonymously donated to the collection by a private
collector, the exhibition Sea Views included thirteen
works, on view in the Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum.



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From and To / Elongated View, 2011
silver gelatin print, 16,5x21 cm.
original frame 100x150 cm.

This work is photographed with an exposure time
corresponding to the time it takes for light to travel
from the sun to the Earth, an accurate duration of
8 minutes and 19 seconds. Traveling at the speed of
light, an approximate 300.000 km/s, light crosses
an average distance of 150.000.000 km.
Looking out over an expansive sea, the camera is
operated not only as a means to produce an image,
but as a device to measure duration and distance.




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Simon van Til

Location photograph,
From and To / Elongated View
, 2011



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Installation view, De Mesdag Collectie,
The Hague, 2015






Installation view of Pictures from Another Wall,
the collection of Huis Marseille at De Pont
,
De Pont Museum, Tilburg,
February 15, - August 23, 2020

Moonlit Disk, 2012
photographed by moonlight,
chromogenic print, 160x200 cm.
Framed 164x204 cm.



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Location photograph,
Moonlit Disk, winter 2012






Installation views of The Rediscovery of the World,
Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam,
September 7, - December 8, 2013

The group exhibition The Rediscovery of the World was the
first exhibition to be held at the museum after it expanded
to include the adjacent canal house in Amsterdam, joining
two historical buildings. The exhibition brought together contemporary Dutch photography, each of the 14 rooms of
the museum was dedicated to the work of one artist.



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Light over Horizon (sunset to nautical twilight), 2012
chromogenic color print, 149x190 cm.
Framed 153x194 cm.



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Installation view, The Rediscovery of
the World
,
Huis Marseille, 2013




Night, 2012
chromogenic print,
image 180x140 cm.
Framed 220x180 cm.

The monochrome work Night is the outcome of an exposure
that corresponds to the precise duration of nighttime, from
exact sunset till exact sunrise. The work shows a clear sky as
if it was day, exposed by the last light of evening and the first
light of new morning.




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