Friday, 13 November 2009

Marjolijn Dijkman

Marjolijn Dijkman

Neither Nor, 2009

30 photographs in collaboration with Fatos Ustek

15 photographs selected from Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Neither Nor, 2009 is a photo-dialogue between myself and Marjolijn Dijkman that has taken place in the duration of my stay in Skopje. Everyday I have e-mailed a picture I have made in Skopje to Marjolijn and she has made a response from her gigantic image archive. Before I have travelled to Skopje we have agreed on only making an image ping-pong, which gradually and unexpectedly started to host short texts / verbal personal projections. We decided to keep the texts under the pictures and started to write for each picture. Additionally, the image responses from Dijkman is from another project that she has initiated in 2005: ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum is an ongoing worldwide investigation and an attempt to rethink existing representations of the world; presents traces and effects of human interventions in our surroundings. This work consists of an ever-expanding series of gestures photographed worldwide since 2005 and categorised in approx. 120 categories. The images can be taken anywhere; they all emphasise that people, regardless of their geographical location, have similar ways of organising and designing their daily environment. Examples of these gestures are found in the way that elements are adapted, concealed, censored, directed, demonstrated, mirrored, constructed, and so on.’ Hence Neither Nor is a duo-investigation of spaces, gestures, meaning that is reflected on a series of 16 pieces and composed of 32 images, half from Macedonia half from all over the world.

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