Borders of nothingness
Project info

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 this series of black and white images, Dutch photographer Margaret Lansink (b. 1961) 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.

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Artist statement:
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. In her work, Lansink explores these relationships, 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. Shot as self-portraits in the broadest sense of the word.
With this intuitive way of photography she invites the spectator to embark on a journey through his/her own intricate web of memories, emotions, expectations, fears and desires.
Therefore Margaret Lansink uses various camera’s, mostly analogue, to capture the different atmospheres of her inner emotions. By giving the images the freedom to act as an overflow from reality to dream.