Borders of Nothingness
Imperfection | Impermanence | minute traces left behind | a memory | in the mind of me as a traveler | in the mind of you reading this description | that’s what wabi-sabi is all about | these delicate traces | this faint evidence | at the borders of nothingness
Who we are is often determined by our social environment and (family) history. How we build our self-esteem, often determines how we look to the outside world and how we react to the other . For Margaret, she often feels like a spectator of a play; looking from the outside in to what happens, how and why the other and she interact like they do. In her work, Margaret is exploring these relationships with her (analog) camera, trying to bridge the personal and universal. The way she photographs is purely intuitive; her images present an open and honest reflection of her own inner emotions at a certain time, space and interaction.
Borders of Nothingness:
In the infinite flow of everything, people come and go in our lives. While the presence of some can be so subtle that we hardly register when it begins or ends, with others it’s far clearer: they enter, or leave, with a bang.
In her delicate and powerful series of black and white images, Dutch photographer Margaret Lansink dwells in the emotional state of transition between knowing and not knowing another person. In reaction to her daughter’s decision to suspend contact with her, Lansink uses the camera to feel out the sense of severing a connection. She photographs landscapes and nude women, often rendered mysterious or unreadable, seemingly asking: is this the moment you were gone?
Borders of Nothingness raises heavy questions regarding the presence and absence of others in our lives, engaging with our sense of loss as well as the everyday miracle of making the acquaintance of another.