Lidwien van de Ven works in the realm of political and religious subjects. In her research she takes a rather journalistic approach, though the work itself is not photojournalistic as such. Van de Ven’s photographs record that which is outside the frame of news stories and investigate the frontier between reality and representation, image and language, news and contemporary history.
Since 2012 van de Ven has been capturing the complex dynamic between revolutionair impulses and counter-revolutionary resurgence in Egypt resulting in a new series of work.
Van de Ven has won several awards for her photographic work and installations, recently she received the Dolf Henkes prize 2014. Her work was shown at Museum Reina Sofia (2014), Noorderlicht, (Groningen, 2013), The City that Doesn’t Exist, Images of Global Spaces, Ludwig Forum Aachen, (Germany, 2013) the Busan Biennale (South Korea, 2012), Comma 32, BloombergSPACE, London (2011), For Be(com)ing Dutch at the Van Abbemuseum, she produced the installation Freedom of Expression (2008).Documenta 12 in Kassel (2007) Sydney Biennale, (2006)