What inspired you to that and what does that tell about you?
In my work I research my own identity and how my gender has an impact on that. And what I mostly found, was that certain ways of behaving or the way I was perceived where not based on me as a person but on my gender first. This made me feel captivated in a way to truly express myself the way I wanted. Once I noticed that my identity was shaped by this, it made me very aware which lead to photographing myself in an intuitive way. Because a lot of the feelings and thoughts I have are subconscious and I don’t always know how I feel about a subject or about myself I try to release those thoughts by locking myself in my studio and aiming the camera on myself without a specific plan. So a lot of the photographs I make are also a personal diary.
In some interviews you can read, your pictures are sometimes disturbing people. I don’t feel that. Do you understand where that comes from and how to deal with it?
Yes, I think people who find my works disturbing are very used to certain “boxes”. I think my work sometimes can make people feel uncomfortable because it challenge their views on fixed patterns. This could be scary, especially in todays world where a lot of people are afraid to lose their identity and beliefs. Things are shifting and somehow people think when there is more freedom created on one side it is taken from the other side. I always try to connect with people that have an emotion with my work because it mostly is about someones personal story and not about my work. I find it interesting to understand another mind, even when it is not open-minded at first because I believe there lies another pain or history beneath it, which by showing compassion and understanding can bring us more together.
Container Love’s mission is to highlight the beauty in diversity, to change points of view, and stand up for more tolerance with the help of pictures and basses. Which part reminds you of yourself?
All of the above! For sure, this is also why I felt this is a good collaboration. It is so important to create a more open-minded world where everyone can feel free to live the way the want.
Where do you think does the current gender discourse take us? Will the world be a better one in 100 years? Thank you for the interview, Daantje.
I think there will always be boundaries to push because as humans we evolve and sometimes don’t see or understand (yet) how we have created boundaries ourselves or certain beliefs. I do think we are capable of accepting one another more, when we listen to each other. By creating awareness like Container Love does I really think we will be better. Because what is there not to love?
Thank you for the very nice questions Chris!
Best last words ever. Thank you very much for the interview and lots of love to Utrecht.