The Blue Skies Project (2018)

The Blue Skies Project are two artworks in dialogue:

One Thousand and Seventy-eight Blue Skies (2018)
The Tracking of One Thousand and Seventy-eight Blue Skies (2018)
by Ruben Samama

The Blue Skies Project became part of the Victoria & Albert Museum permanent collection in 2022, thanks to a generous donation by Anne Carlier and Dirk Spillebeen. The two works are joined by connected works such as There is Nothing Here (2021), Zero (2021) and Two Hundred and Sixty-nine Steps, Looking up (2017), as well as independent platform initiatives in a combined long term effort.

The Blue Skies Project is curated by Monica Allende


Peel-apart instant film mounted on aluminium sandwich panel, wood. Datasheet
Installation dimensions variable (676 x 253 x 85 cm)
Generative audio piece with visual component, duration 4775 days


    • V&A Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
    • ICP International Center for Photography, New York City, US
    • FoMu FotoMuseum Antwerp, BE
    • Collection Vanmoerkerke, Ostend, BE

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