Perpetual present

In collaboration with artist Sonja Hillen
A triptych about hope and surrender. What to do if you have no future…

Triptych, fine art prints with embroidery
By Sonja Hillen and Kim Tieleman

115 x 42 cm, 2018

Quotes used:
“Man is not oriented toward death, but toward the novum – the expectation of, and hope for, something new.” Ernst Bloch (From the book ‘Stil de tijd’ by Joke Hermsen, p. 156, an interpretation by Joke Hermsen about a saying of Ernst Bloch, loosely translated)

“The future, instead of the ladder towards the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present.” Paul Kalanithi (From the book ‘When breath becomes air’, p. 198)

“By letting go of hope as a vision of the future, I became a hopeful person.” Laura Maaskant (Blog, loosely translated)

Photos used (Left to right):
01: National Archive | Collection Spaarnestad | Wiel van der Randen

Patient being treated in the operating theatre. Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital, Amsterdam, 1940. 

02: National Archive | Collection Spaarnestad | Het Leven
A camera is filming an operation during a college of professor Deaver in Philadelphia. United States of America, 1921.

03: National Archive | Collection Spaarnestad | Wiel van der Randen
Radiotherapy, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital, Amsterdam, 1940.