..en wij ..wie zijn wij..
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In Toos Nijssen’s work the portrait is central, both in drawings and video recordings. In '..en wij ..wie zijn wij..' (..and we ..who are we..) Nijssen researches the question of identity. The included videos were recorded at a weekly market in Woensel, an Eindhoven neighbourhood. People from diverse cultural backgrounds live there. Each participant is seated silently in front of the camera for ten minutes, a meditative process during which they turn in on themselves and ‘arrive at home’ within. Throughout the session everyone’s mask disappears. Nijssen seeks here to create unaffected portraits of people from various cultural backgrounds to highlight that everyone is human, regardless of sex or culture.
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