Rineke DijkstraJulie, Den Haag, Netherlands, February 29 1994 1994

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Rineke Dijkstra (born 1959)
Julie, Den Haag, Netherlands, February 29 1994
Date 1994
MediumPhotograph, colour, on paper
Dimensionsimage: 1170 x 945 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1998
Not on display


Julie, Den Haag, Netherlands, February 29 1994, Tecla, Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 16 1994 (Tate P78098) and Saskia, Harderwijk, Netherlands, March 16 1994 (Tate P78099) are three portraits of women made shortly after they had given birth. All the women were known to the artist – one was a personal friend and the other two were friends of friends. Dijkstra photographed the women in their homes because in Holland it is more common for women to give birth at home than in a hospital. While bearing signs of their recent ordeal – the medical pants and sanitary towel which Julie wears, a trickle of blood down the inside of Tecla’s left leg, the caesarean scar on Saskia’s belly – the women appear proud and happy. They hold their new babies turned away from the camera, protectively pressed against their bodies… (read more)

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