Tue Holmgaard (b. 1971) and Marianne Vesterled (b. 1975), the artists known as Vestholm, demonstrate the creative, artistic and intellectual possibilities to be found in partnership, trust and love. They met in mid-life and began to explore a mutual interest in the complex terrains of seduction and passion. With Tue behind the camera, and Marianne in character, their creative instincts mesh to form a singular voice. Vestholm’s image world is mysterious and seductive, though their eroticism is underscored by dark humour and elements of the surreal. This, their first book, is an invitation to a private performance. A story is unfolding, but each frame represents just a fragment. As Diane Arbus observed, ‘A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.’ Secrets will be published in June, in a numbered edition of 300 copies.
‘It is our hope that Secrets will give rise to reflection and questions. That the boundaries between the beautiful and the ugly, the virtuous and the wicked, the innocent and the guilty will be experienced as unclear and unsettling. Or, better still, as nuanced and mysterious. It is in these spaces, where we lack solid ground beneath our feet, that the seeds of play and growth are to be found.’ – Marianne Vesterled and Tue Holmgaard