Anoek Steketee's (1974, Hoorn, The Netherlands) photographic and video work has a documentary starting point, but does not take a purely documentary approach. The camera is used not only to raise social issues, but also as a tool for the imagination. Never avoiding difficult socio–political topics, she is interested in the backgrounds, lifestyles, hopes and beliefs of individual, ordinary people, who are often presented as merely a link in a system. By playing with light and partially directing the subjects, alienating images emerge. With this approach the idea rises that behind the surface of the façade of the image, other realities exist. These layers, can be politically subversive, even the most innocent ones.Read More
The photographs and film recordings on the web- documentary do not take a purely documentary approach. Through Steketee's use of light, the illumination of their faces and coloured clothes, the pictures become very intense, bringing the surroundings in its logical darkness. The dusty sand floors with all it's different browns, provide the pensiveness of the listeners a luminous beauty. We come to feel the hearts of the listeners; the darkest and deepest emotions, a courageous grace, and dual feelings of sorrow and enlightenment.
Text courtesy FLATLAND.
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