Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven / AMVK
Welfare State, 1995-2005
Although they are made twenty years apart, Unic (1995) and Carrefour (2015) form a diptych of sorts. On 4 September 1995, AMVK bought some basic produce from her local supermarket, blew up the receipt and turned it into a painting. Now she repeats the same act, making visible the changed state of welfare: a new chain, a new currency, a new ratio of nature to mortality (the food) and to freedom (its price).