This was one of the first posts I made on tumblr - only eight months ago. I feel the need to repost it now. On Edgar Degas principle of art being “not what you see, but what you make others see” I think this is quietly very powerful. Nissrine, a Moroccan girl, reads an application for a Dutch citizenship course. An alternative version of Johannes Vermeer’s painting Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window. Photo by Jan Banning.
“Xenophobia, especially Islamophobia, is rising in many European countries…I feel it is necessary to mobilize against such intolerance. My ‘National Identities’ series gives immigrants the main role, using them as models in my photographic variations on classic paintings.”