Jan Banning - Photographs London Friday, September 25, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    Summer Expo, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, 9 July - 21 August 2011, this lot

  • Literature

    'The Clasp of Civilizations', Newsweek, 17 October 2011, pp. 46-47

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jan Banning’s interpretation of Vermeer, offered here, taken in a nun’s cell at the Catharijneconvent Museum in Utrecht with his Moroccan cleaning lady’s daughter as the model, is one of his most sought-after works. Banning, himself born to immigrant parents, ‘wanted to question the idea of a clearly defined national identity … propagated to exclude migrants using iconic works of art.’ Created in 2007 in reaction to rising right-wing populism in Europe, this photograph is just as powerful today. Banning’s work has been exhibited internationally and resides in a number of institutions, including Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and High Museum of Art, Atlanta.



Moroccan girl (Nissrine) reading an application form for an “inburgeringscursus” (citizenship course) at a closed window from National Identities

Archival pigment print in artist's frame.
Image: 48.5 x 57.6 cm (19 1/8 x 22 5/8 in.)
Frame: 60.5 x 69.5 cm (23 7/8 x 27 3/8 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date, number 10/10 and copyright reproduction limitation on a Certificate of Authenticity affixed to the reverse of the frame.

This work is number 10 from the sold-out edition of 10 + 1 AP. This image is sold out in all sizes and editions.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £23,750

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London Auction 25 September 2020