Interlude: A Temporary Interruption of the Ordinary World
In 2013 Annegien van Doorn lived and worked for two months in a former pumping station, a residency of the Mondriaan Funds in The Netherlands. The pumping station is situated in the dunes and is surrounded by typical Dutch countryside.
“At first, a feeling of freedom overwhelmed me. The physical space in and around the Pompgemaal created a lot of space in my head. Suddenly there was so much time and so much was possible that I almost drowned in my own ideas. At the same time, living in a village near the coast unexpectedly brought back many memories of my childhood in Zeeland. Nothing ever happened in the village where I grew up, but there was plenty of space for us to create your own worlds. I realised that it was there that I had learned to work with whatever was at hand and where my fascination for rough-and-ready interventions, often created without conscious artistic intent, came from.
To investigate the archetypal Dutch and familiar landscape around Den Helder, I took to wandering about the area on a daily basis. To make sense of all my thoughts, I began to apply strict rules to my actions and in this way created my own playground. I analysed everyday situations I encountered and collected materials and objects that caught my attention. I then relocated them to engender a new perception of the world. That’s how new and out-of-the-ordinary realities arose in Den Helder, framed and fixed in time and space.”
The banal, the obvious, the common and the ordinary fascinate me. In the book “In Passing” I focus on seemingly meaningless situations. By isolating and manipulating these situations, small events transform into the monumental and the familiar becomes something extraordinary. So to speak, I play with reality in order to create a new perception of the real world.
These photographs are the inspiration for my photo, video and installation work. Therefor you can see colour photos of my exhibitions and other photographic projects spread throughout the book. In the same manner, you’ll find documentation photos of my exhibition “In Passing” as well as photographs from the book in this photo gallery.
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