Lens-based performance artist Kim Engelen
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Self-portraits
Selfies and Exlamations

Kim Engelen, Self-Portraits,  28 Jan 2016, HAPPY MOMENTS WHILE BEING SICK, Berlin/Germany
Kim Engelen, Self-Portraits, 2016, HAPPY MOMENTS WHILE BEING SICK

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The photographs (selfies) are titled in capitals. The title states something about my mental or physical condition. For example Kim Engelen, Self-Portraits, 2012, AFTER WATCHING ART.

The text-based part has quotes (exclamations) from people that state their un/rightfully opinion towards me, be it family, good friends, colleagues, Facebook 'friends' and complete strangers.

On my blog, I write about my works. I relate my work to information outside of myself (other artists, texts I have read, documentaries, movies, etc.) and ask myself questions regarding the works and slowly developed my work visually by doing so. For example, questions related to my Self-Portrait series can be: Why these series of multiple pictures? Why donít I choose one? Every new blog post, I add a text-block. For example:

Kim Engelen, ONGOING ART PROJECT: Self-portraits (text-based)  Benjamin Omar: “You are real.”

Blog with ongoing quotes (exclamations)>>

For now this work is only online and fragmentally visible. There was a booklet in development with series of photographs, caps titles, quotes, accompanied by text written on the "Self", relating from books/text I read during the development of the work.
For example mapping of the word "SELF" in the text Neoliberalism and the Vocationalization of Higher Education by Henry A. Giroux, 2010;
Self-interested
Self-restraint
Self-help
Self-critical
Self-definition
See draft of this layout>>


Some photographs in the series>>

Credits:    
Photographs   Kim Engelen [Self-Portraits]
Locations   Berlin/Germany, Kassel/Germany, Maasbracht/Netherlands, Malmö/Sweden, Copenhagen/Denmark
Thanks to   For the text-based part: All the people who expres their thoughts
Format   Photo's mostly iPhone
Starting date   February 18, 2012

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