First Person # 1 ACPA Exhibition Space by Judith van IJken

First Person #1 Judith van IJken

First Person #1 is 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 Anamorphosis and 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.

Photographic portraits are central in Van IJken’s practice. However, it is not the photographic portrait as end result but rather the entire process of ‘making of a photographic portrait’ that is important, as well as the role of the photographer, sitter and camera.

Anamorphosis, a photographic research project about the ‘princess phenomenon’. Little girls were invited to come to Van IJken’s studio and imitate coloring pages of Disney princesses characters while wearing ‘princess dresses’. By re-photographing her own photographs, resulting in a series of close-ups, Van IJken is addressing her responsibility as maker, viewer, and parent. Ultimately she is raising the question: who is turning little girls into images?

Les Clichés sont conservés, work in progress Inspired by contemporary portrait culture, this project focuses on the question what it is like to be confronted with your own photographic image. Van IJken invites people to come to her studio, make photographic portraits together and create a visual response to the outcome.

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.


Lecture at ARC, What's this? at Studio Loos, October 1 2018, Den Haag by Judith van IJken

ARC, session October 1,#3 What's this? at Studio Loos

Artistic research projects presented this evening have in common the fact that they critically re-assess the media of art, using these very media as both tool and method. Judith Ijken’s artistic exploration of portrait-making seeks to understand today’s culture of liking, sharing and displaying of photographic portraits while Benjamin Schoonenberg considers film media in order to explicit the relation between time and the moving image. Sabin Garea, in turn, proposes a performative inquiry into purposelessness: what are we left with when the artwork is but the destruction of another artwork? Finally, Miguelángel Clerc rethinks the ontology of immersive sound environments through processes of decomposition. Looking inside out at their own practice they ask themselves: what is this? Respondent is Marijke Cobbenhagen, Designer of Dialogue at The Grey Space.

Relation to research: The evening is focussed on research wherein the media is used both as tool and as method.

Event 'Book Grasp', Saturday 15 September 13:00 Leiden by Judith van IJken

Expert Photobook Review and the Media Communications department of Webster Leiden Campus / Webster University USA present the event Book Grasp - an experiment in reviewing, acting and reacting upon photobooks.

Everyone is invited to take part in a one-day laboratory during which we will work on alternative ways of perceiving photography and photobooks with two invited experts from the fields of performance art and psychology. 

During the first part of the event, we will discuss how we SEE photobooks, carefully studying a number of recent publications selected by Expert Photobook Review. What narrative can we identify? How were these books produced? And how do we grasp a photobook on intellectual and verbal levels?

During the second part, we’ll try to switch the register of perception and find out how we EXPERIENCE photobooks with our bodies. A performance artist Marina Orlova and psychologist Catherine Schook will introduce exercises that will allow us to broaden our perspectives on interaction with photobooks. Through a group discussion, and who knows, maybe improvised performances, we will work out methods of ‘reading’ photobooks on multiple levels. 

The results of the Book Grasp experiment will be made available to a larger audience through the youtube channel of Expert Photobook Review.

Photobooks in focus:
Judith van IJken, Anamorphosis 
Laura Cnossen, Love, Klink
Lilia Luganskaia, Investigation of Love
Senta Simond, Rayon Vert
Virginie Rebetez, Malleus Maleficiarum 
and more!

Address: Living and Learning Center Gallery, Webster Leiden Campus, Galgewater, 1U, 2311 VZ Leiden.

Participation is free.

Book Grasp

Book Grasp

Exhibition Gallery Kunstliefde by Judith van IJken

The series 'Ik was je even vergeten' is part of a exhibition in gallery Kunstliefde curated by Luuk Huiskes for Gallery Kunstliefde. The exhibition is open til the 25th of September and contains great works by, amongst others, Hans van der Meer, Anouk Steketee, Rob Hornstra, Andrea Stultiëns, Niels and Poike Stomps. 

Gallery Kunstliefde, Nobelstraat 12, Utrecht,

Video 'Mondaymorning, Buitenveldert' on National Television Channel NPO Doc by Judith van IJken

The short video Mondaymorning, Buitenveldert is selected to be part of the theme week 'It will make me care less' and will be broadcast from 10 till 16th of May on NPO Doc

NPO Doc was formerly known as Holland Doc 24 .

The digital channel NPO Doc sends weekly documentaries from around a particular topic . Look at for more information. On the site there will also be more than 1,000 films and radio documentaries on demand in the radio and television archives .