Graduate student in Photography at AKV|St. Joost Breda (NL). Diploma expected in 2015.
Studies on western visual mediation of fear, anxiety and violence.
Janneke and Her Fear (2014)Stills from a 1:40 minute video, diptych.
By also using myself as a way of engaging into the confrontation, I search for the edginess that comes with stereotyping and fear. Because I include our search for ‘Janneke’s possible attacker’ the ambiguity arises within the kindliness of coloured men willing to re-enact the ‘attack’ Janneke is most afraid of.
While trying to experience the city of São Paulo myself, I was extremely influenced by the prejudice of it being a violent, unsafe and dangerous city. This prejudice was created by the media that had coloured my view of this city, even without having ever been there before. I have tried to reflect on this by playing with the notions of realism and fiction, which often play an important part in mediating between the horrible and us.
/ Part 1 [chapter 1] Something Rotten in the Air, Let’s Play (2014)
crossing experience lasts, the bigger the chance of it turning into disgust. On this turning point we begin to long back to safety, to develop a new longing for boundary crossing again from there. In my work I want to interpret this paradox between safety and transgression, between wanting to see the horror and loathing it. By the use of iconic images which have a strong ethical tension, and by changing these into a slow moving film, I point to the “obscene secrets” as they are called by Žižek. I confront the spectator with his contradictory longing for wanting and not wanting to experience the excess and the amorality. I force the viewer into a position in which he questions his ambiguous experience. How do we deal with the flight from our safe existence? Why do we invade this repulsive world of images? What does this escape mean?
Stills from a 5:18 minute video.
Lucas Directs His Fear (2014)
Stills from a 2:07 minute video.
I notice the perfection, the beauty and the safety of our almost utopic western society ever more shining through my surroundings. Not only in for example our refined products and plastic surgery, but also in our over-estheticized culture of images in which perfect men, women and landscapes appear. This infallibility has become self-evident and I want to observe this phenomenon critically. Do we ever feel something intense when we look at an image or do we simply accept it? When do we sincerely experience something the way we can experience a purification?
The philosopher Slavoi Žižek arguments that the fact that our social environment is impregnated with perfection makes us yearn for an antithesis: we enjoy watching horrible images and we bungeejump to cross the boundaries of our safety. By that confrontation with fear we feel that we are alive! But, the longer this boundary
Installation View, three 2:00 minute synchronised looping videos.
/ On Mediation (2014 -)
In this video Lucas (30) directs two actors who act-out his fear of stabbing someone to death. By doing this, a link is being made from his powerful physical position, in which he can cut someone with a knife, to the powerful position we have in the visual world, in which we can watch someone stabbing a person with a knife. In both worlds there is a difference in moral and ethical borders. Which withhold us from doing and which withhold us from looking?
/ Between Pleasure and Abhorrence (2013)
Installation View, group show São Paulo (excerpt).
Installation View, graduation show AKV|St. Joost, Breda.
/ Performing Fear (2014 -) concept
In my video works I research the way violent visual culture influences feelings of unsafety, fear and distrust in our Western society. I notice myself avoiding certain situations, people and places that had been negatively present in the news. As a maker I try to investigate this field of ‘fear’ which is becoming more and more common in our culture, with journalism, economics and politics selling it to us. I ask myself: how does visual culture mediate our experience of death, atrocity and violence? I search for ways of visualising this mediation.
By having actors, amateurs and civilians ‘re-enact’ fears that didn’t actually took place, I reflect on the way we interpret the images we see. It seems that these are
Within the environment of the theatre, I proposed the issue of personating ‘fear’ by means of acting. In this setting I asked actors and non-actors to re-enact violent fears that had been sent to me by other people, in order to investigate the perception of the violent image referring to film and media. What is the best way to portray anxiety and violence?
Installation View, group show São Paulo.
Film stills from the centrepiece.
often associated with prejudices and references to Hollywood and contemporary media. By letting process and discussion be part of the work too, I try to reach my spectator on a meta-level and evoke a self-questioning reaction towards his/her own dealing with media.
The work takes shape in a series in video, often presented in various combinations together. Each video tries to grasp a different aspect of the influences of media, either by zooming in on one specific medium or a specific audience. Together, the videos construct a diverse but coherent view on the topic.
Installation View On Mediation.
When thinking about the most naive conception of violence, I think about that of children. They receive the images through visual culture, which is the factor I removed in this video. When the remaining consists out of the source, which is someone that has done something horrible, and the receivers, which are the children, a friction occurs that for me touches upon the ambiguity of the role of gruesome visual culture that affects also the most innocent parts of our society.
What Do Death and Violence Look Like? (2014)
Stills from a 1:51 minute video.
Stills from a 1:54 minute video.
/ Curriculum Vitae
2013 - 2015, MA Photography, AKV|St. Joost, Breda (NL)
2008 - 2013, BA Photography, AKV|St. Joost, Breda (NL)
2012, Workshop Art Criticism, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (NL)
2012, Course Essay Writing, Schrijversvakschool, Amsterdam (NL)
2012, Minor Art and Politics, AKV|St. Joost, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)
2012, Internship, Galerie Pennings, Eindhoven (NL)
2014, Co-founder of cultural clubhouse ‘Het BAD’, Breda (NL)
2014, Volunteer Child Education Project, Photography Festival BredaPhoto, Breda (NL)
2012, Volunteer Child Education Project, Photography Festival BredaPhoto, Breda (NL)
2014, Exposition ‘Um Momento Presente’ with MA Photography, São Paolo, Brazil
2013, Graduation exposition, AKV|St. Joost, Breda (NL)
2012, Personal Review on the work of Deniz Buga, RijksakademieOPEN, in Dutch