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On show here is a mix from different series by Debbie Tea (1986, Indonesia) that are of a peculiar sort. Tea’s pictures deliberately obscure. They produce a discrepancy; a dissemblance that makes the viewer think about the meaning of ‘presence’ and ‘absence’, and the creative possibilities and limitations that come with the two-dimensional medium that is photography. Her images refer not so much to existing things but rather to nothing else but themselves. Although this somehow results in a 'false' visibility, they are also securing an essence of the real. More than mere manifestations of the objects depicted, these pictures stress their material production. Debbie Tea thus succeeds in showing how several functions of the term ‘image’ together define the labour of art.

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