Investigation of Love is a visual research project that was conducted from 2015-2018 and deals with the ideas of borders, bureaucracy, romance, and truth. Investigation of Love explores the photograph as evidence, and poses in particular if photographs can be proof for an abstract notion such as love.
The project was inspired by an application that was submitted for a Dutch residency permit. The procedure involved presenting photographs as a proof of the couple’s relationship and of their love, ranging from their holiday pictures and snippets of daily life, all to be assessed by an anonymous immigration officer. But do several pictures of two people duly justify love? And if not, how many more images would it take to do so? This photo series questions if it is possible to depict an emotional bond with photography.
The photographic medium in Investigation of Love is clearly employed as an attempt to encounter love through its evidence. The collection of 514 personal objects, photographed in a clean, cataloged environment is obviously presented as ‘proof’. It includes a set of dessert forks purchased at the Texel flea market, postcards, the furniture which the couple has purchased together, books which they recommended to each other, and even their dog.