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Pauline Niks

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Nominated for Futures by FOMU, Pauline Niks (b. 1982) was born in Warnsveld, The Netherlands. Nowadays, she lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.

For her photographic adventure I am just a scenic spot, Pauline Niks made two long journeys to China, travelling the entire country to photograph so-called landmarks. Her particular focus was on replicas of iconic tourist attractions from other countries, such as the Eiffel Tower and the White House. The idea behind the undertaking was the manipulative nature of documentary photography: it is often seen as a reliable reproduction of reality when in fact it creates its own reality.