Name- Rachel de Joode
Where are you from?- Born in The Netherlands (in Amersfoort), currently living and working in Berlin.
Your equipment- Mamiya 7 II, Canon Mark II, Canon 400D.
Influences and photographers you like- Claude Cahun, Taryn Simon, Jeff Wall, Olaf Breuning, Inez van Lamsweerde, Pieter Hugo, Spencer Tunick, Philippe Halsman, Thomas Demand, Leni Riefenstahl, Erwin Wurm (eventhough more than a photographer), NASA (hubble-telecope), ........ and many more...........
A little about you- I am a Dutch artist and photographer currently living and working in Berlin. I studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam from 1997 to 2000. In 2001, I received a grant from the Royal Dutch Art Foundation, and I was awarded third prize of the Gruner+Jahr “90 Jahre Bauhaus” competition in 2008. My work has been presented in various international art publications, such as VORN, Sleek and Domus Magazine. I have also contributed to several art books, including Tangible (Gestalten) and Sideways Art Book (Gestalten). Furthermore, I have exhibited in project spaces and galleries in both Amsterdam and Berlin.
My artistic intention is to decipher human existence in absurd and surreal ways, through portraits, mise en scenes and still life photography.
I seek to portray the otherworldliness in the most profane aspects of our world. My work is the building and photographing of installation scenes, which depict people and objects and their performative gesture. By photographing these ‘ready made’ moments, I intend to preserve a momentary reality.
Through exploring the balance between the mystical subconscious and the rational daily life, these tableaux vivants become slice-of-life Magical Realism.
Momentarily, I am studying animism. Furthermore I'm a strong believer that every human being should challenge the border of their personal freedom and one should drink a lot of grapefruit juice.
ALL PHOTOS BY RACHEL DE JOODE