The arrest of Geert Jan Jansen in 1994 shook the art world. The police seized over 1600 works signed by Picasso, Appel, Matisse, Chagall and others. Jansen had forged hundreds of works over the years and claimed to possess originals as well. Although numerous forgeries were in circulation, many collectors and institutions took their claims to court only in response to pressure from the police. Others continued to insist that the works in their possession were authentic and their assertions were actually confirmed in some cases by the forged artists themselves. Bart Baele and Yves Degryse of the BERLIN collective create complex multimedia docu-video performances. In ›True Copy‹, they let Jansen speak for himself. Who is to blame – the forger or the art business, whose greed it was that ultimately turned the forgeries into originals? ›True Copy‹ is a parable about the relativity of truth: where does truth stand when falsehood is more convenient; what is reality when fiction sounds more convincing?
Concept, direction: BERLIN (Bart Baele, Yves Degryse) With: Geert Jan Jansen Video: BERLIN, Geert De Vleesschauwer, Jessica Ridderhof, Dirk Bosmans Video editing: BERLIN, Geert De Vleesschauwer, Fien Leysen Set design: Manu Siebens, Ina Peeters, BERLIN Light design:Barbara De Wit Technical coordination: Manu Siebens, Geert De Vleesschauwer Music composition, mixing: Peter Van Laerhoven Piano: Govaart Haché Cello: Katelijn Van Kerckhoven Live mixing: Arnold Bastiaanse Technical coordination: Manu Siebens, Geert De Vleesschauwer Technical assistance: Rex Tee Sound recordings: Bas De Caluwé, Maarten Moesen Light design:Barbara De Wit Production management: Celeste Driesen, Jessica Ridderhof Business management: Kurt Lannoye Administration: Jane Seynaeve Distribution: Eveline Martens Communication: Sam Loncke Production: BERLIN Co-production: Brighton Festival, le CENTQUATRE (Paris), C-TAKT (Limburg), deSingel (Antwerp), Theaterfestival Boulevard (Den Bosch), Het Zuidelijk Toneel (Tilburg), PACT Zollverein (Essen) Supported by: Flemish Community, Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government - Podiumfonds Thanks to:Saskia Verreycken, Diana Boro, Geert Jan Jansen BERLIN is ›creative associate‹ in deSingel (Antwerp) and ›artiste associé‹ in le CENTQUATRE (Paris).