Nemo JANTZEN (Netherlands 1974 - )


"In my mixed media body work of painted ceramics on wood, I try to capture and address these times of vigilance and voyeurism of hidden cameras and video surveillance that have become accepted in our society, creating awareness of this invasion of privacy for our own perverted need to know and watch everything. In the name of safety and control and fed by the media, this imagery has changed into entertainment and pleasure. Portraying public figures that became common good through the lens of a camera and a language of blurred and pixelated imagery, our eyes got too used over these last decades, thus I want to create photographic stills and scenes that can tell whole stories in one glance.
In these pieces, built up out of hand painted ceramic tiles which I use as building blocks which by themselves are nothing more than that but put together form pixelated shapes they merely suggest an image that our imagination transforms into flowing and complete figures. The missing details and shortage of information stimulates our imagination to fill in the blanks and create the excitement."
Intrigued by light and the mystery of darkness I play with focus creating a sense of depth and connecting the image and viewer through the inclusion of the optical vocabulary of cinematography and the allusion to the constraints of the instant polaroid. Thus bringing the question of the act of voyeurism and the deceiving and relevant nature of privacy."

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