Of the dead, speak nothing but good

Photography: Aad Hoogendoorn

During the festival 'De Wereld van het Witte de Withkwartier' Daan Samson anticipated his own funeral. The artist looked foward inquisitively to the way in which people might speak of him after his death. Which place has Samson occupied within our society and the present-day art circuit?




The welfare artist drew up the balance by taking up position in a coffin on the festival grounds. He asked his relations to deliver bouquets and words of condolence. Festival-goers were given the opportunity to view the expressions of mourning. The artist himself experienced the true confrontation. Daan Samson perceived the way in which he will be publicly remembered. He wished to obtain a glimpse of the mood around his own final departure.

  • Commissioned by: Stichting Kunstblock
  • Photo portrait: Jeronimus van Pelt