Kids wrestling, romping, playing
Printed photographs on paper, yarn, plaster
Photo: Robert Glas
Memories from Steiner school
Is this in or outside Paradise?
down [dAUn] → [nAUn]
stone [don] → [non]
beans [biz] → [minz]
Analogue photos presented as slideshow on a television screen, carpet from a former primary school, clay, oil pastel
Oilpastel on paper
Text about the works (2018)
I am looking for the moment when a child transcends his controlled and safe environment. Is this possible within the set frameworks of adults? How free and unlimited can a game between two people be?
The works I am showing are all based upon personal memories. Some memories from long ago, others more recent. By reviewing those memories, or certain elements, I play with its truthfulness and at the same time I try to understand and find its origin. Within these memories I stumble again and again upon the existence of the child. It is - of course - inevitable, and I have become a viewer of the child’s extremely important vulnerability. I would like to see this vulnerability considered more as a tool in our society.
I have used materials such as plasticine (you can touch the colored bow very gently), a piece of carpet I found in a former elementary school, photographs I found back in my own archive and modified stills from unknown video’s. One of the works is a slideshow consisting of photographs in which two young girls are posing. The photos have been made around the year 2002 and I recently rediscovered them. My friend and I used my grandmother’s clothes and played for model and photographer, but I can only vaguely remember the actual moment. There is a tension in trying your grandmother's clothes and showing them in front of a camera; this is where the nascent sexuality of a child becomes visible.