Future Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Constant Dullaart’s work at abc Berlin. The most recent iterations of his renowed work Jennifer in Paradise will be seen in multiple formats, including a wallpaper installation, a new configuration of the image into origami sculptures, and a series of lenticular prints creating a moving visual effect.
Since his restoration of the iconic Jennifer in Paradise image, also known as “the first photograph ever photoshopped”, Constant Dullaart has been re-appropriating the image and presenting it in new formats and displays. His work comments on our understanding of the personal character of software politics, photographic representation and distribution, and the objectification of the female body within it.
Originally taken on a beach in Bora Bora in 1988 by John Knoll and portraying Jennifer Knoll, the photograph was the first image publicly manipulated in the now ubiquitous Photoshop. Dullaart's restoration of the image, accompanied by a personal letter to Jennifer Knoll, introduced the image in a romantic understanding of the divide between analogue and seemingly truthful photography, and the digital fluid form of photography we know now. Digitized at Apple and used in the original demo editions of Photoshop, it was not released online, as the web did not exist as such at the time, and digital photography was rare. Now openly available, the image finds shape in Dullaart's practice in websites, encrypted jpg's, origami sculptures, lenticular prints, and custom vinyl wallpaper.