ACPA Exhibition Space, Leiden University, P.J. Veth building, Nonnensteeg 1-3. Open on weekdays 10AM- 5PM till September 9th
First Person #1is an exhibition of two photographic projects by Judith van IJken, photographer, lecturer and PhD candidate at ACPA, Leiden University. The two projects, the finalized project Anamorphosisand the work in progress Les Clichés sont conservés, offer insight into Van IJken’s practice. Images and texts documenting the research process are displayed on two tables. They do not only show how the projects have developed but also, for instance, what was said during a photographic session.
Artistic Research Van IJken’s research at ACPA, titled First Person, is a social, cultural and artistic analysis of the situation of the making a photographic portrait.
Photographic portraits have become omnipresent: they inhabit our private realm, public life and, due to social media, the space in between. Photographic portraits relate to ideas of individual identity. They intend to capture, reject or define our identity or even act as avatars in online situations. Van IJken’s research First person looks at contemporary individual identity through the prism of making a photographic portrait. It creates insights in the construction of photographic portraits and, more importantly, contributes to understanding of contemporary individual identity.