Could time stand still? Could Johannes Vermeer have known that? Fascinated by Vermeer’s timeless works, Dutch photographer Carolien Sikkenk, visited historical locations in Delft associated with Vermeer.  Most of her subjects were photographed at these locations.

It is almost three and a half centuries ago and yet when analysing the pictures, time appears to have stood still! From large poetic works to a series of tranquil portraits, one gets to see iconic Vermeer figures with modern features. Despite all the differences, the image remains intact. Is the subject reading a letter or Instagramming? Could it be that anyone could be the girl (or boy) with a Pearl earring.

The exhibition has had its premiere between June 2019 and December 31 2019 at the Vermeer Center, Delft.  Currently some of the works are now part of the permanent collection.

In December 2020 and January 2021, the Mauritshuis Museum The Hague has shown a beautifully made video on a large screen in front of the museum with the photos of Girls (and Guys) with pearls. The connecting message: 'Our Girl. Your Girl. The Girl belongs to everyone.'

Coming up: Girls with Pearls will be displayed on monumental digital advertising screens May 15 to May 21 in a special show within the larger MvVO Art Show. Location is the iconic New York City landmark the Oculus at the Westfield World Trade Center.


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Photoline • Carolien Sikkenk
Laurillardlaan 10 • 2082 HG Santpoort-Zuid
The Netherlands
+31(0)6 44 044 704 •  info@photoline.nl

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