Lonneke van der Palen

Lonneke van der Palen takes photographs using lighting that is reminiscent of a setting sun. In this way, she lures the viewer into an uncanny world. Bright pink doors in the country of the Hopi people in Utah. The back door of a restaurant in a dark alley in Seoul. A lonely shopping cart in the middle of an empty parking lot. Or a plastic bag hanging from a car in Cape Town. By specializing in revealing the vivid aesthetics of the most mundane, these objects become a source of renewed astonishment. While straying from the highlighted route, Lonneke sees a mirage of found objects waiting to be photographed.

The series Bernard Buffet by Lonneke van der Palen is about Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. He was the husband of late Queen Juliana and father of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. Prince Bernhard loved foreign food and especially exotic dishes. But what exactly was being prepared in the royal kitchen has remained a well kept secret. This mystery triggered the imagination of Lonneke. With a variety of Bernhards favourite ingredients, like in a buffet, she built meals shaped like sculptures. These installations were photographed in different places inside the Soestdijk Palace, the former home of Bernhard.