Tine Bek
The Vulgarity of Being Three-Dimensional

Vulgarity, from the Latin term vulgus, was the term for common people, an insinuation of the ordinary. We consider the vulgar to be crude, below our station, brash, crass, rough – terms that are charged with ill interest, with gall, with remorse. What if vulgar was not a bad thing at all, merely a removal of a mask? The slipperiness of expectation slinking away? 

There is something slightly off-kilter in Tine Bek’s work. Her still life photography seem uneasy, as if something might go wrong. While traditionally a subject reserved for women as a safe subject matter, for Tine it is a non-threatening landscape for her to explore, even if her images might impose a sense of unease, little cracks beneath the surface. It is through these minutiae ruptures in the surfaces she exposes that a material hierarchy forms – is marble better than foam? Does a stone fountain overshadow a bathroom tap? – she asks you to scratch through the surface and to see what’s behind. 

Tine Bek (born in 1988) is a Danish visual artist who primarily works with video and photography. She studied History before graduated from Fatamorgana – The Danish School of art Photography and Glasgow School of Art, where she holds a Master degree in Fine Art Photography. Bek has exhibited in Denmark, UK, Norway, Lithuania, Germany and USA among others. The book has been awarded with the Hasselblad Foundation’s Photo Book Grant 2021.

The first 100 pre-orders are signed by the artist (original price €40)

  • OTA-bound softcover with flaps
  • ISBN 978-87-970520-9-9
  • 22 × 29 cm
  • 184 pages
  • 150 colour plates
  • Text by James McCann and Michael Mersinis
  • Edition of 600
  • Printed in Denmark by Narayana Press

Hasselblad Foundation, Photo Book Grants 2021

Tine Bek

March 2022

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