Portrait
Servie Janssen, 1976, 16'51''

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Janssen's face is filmed up close. His eyes are not visible; only his mouth, chin and cheeks can be seen. Through a looking glass that he holds and moves in front of the camera lens, different parts of his face are enlarged. Because of the movement, distortion and scale, the circular image through the looking glass remains distinct. Every fragment of the face starts leading an independent life, like an organ without a body. Saliva, stubbles, hairs and even the tobacco that sticks to Janssen’s lip when he smokes a cigarette, become entities of their own; sometimes repulsive, sometimes beautiful. The artist explores the movements, structure and surface of his face in depth. Eventually the camera moves to the ear, the nose, forehead and in the end also the eyes It's still difficult to form a complete image, although every fragment of the face has been shown through the glass.

Netherlands Media Art Institute, Anna Hoetjes
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  • Date: 1976
  • Length: 16'51''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: poetry, body art, portrait, self-portrait
  • Keywords: artist, deconstruction, perception, representation