Series: 'Bit player'
Self-portrait from the series 'Bit Player' in which Henriette van Gasteren is portraying her relatives, friends and acquaintances in her stories. In these self-portraits, others play the leading role while Henriette plays a supporting role. The self-portraits are about them, their jobs, their hobbies, their environment and the life they lead. She uses a camera, tripod and remote control.
A circle of friends can tell who we are. In this new series ‘Bit player’, it is the circle of friends who adds an additional dimension to the stories that Henriette brings to life. It’s all about identity. Are we born with it or are we a product of our environment, of society, of our family, friends and enemies? It’s also a question about freedom. Are we ever truly free or do we (automatically) adapt?