Jacquie Maria Wessels

photography

Garage Stills

For this ongoing project Wessels visits garages

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around the world - including Cambodia, Cuba, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and Russia - discovering different shapes, objects and textures in this environment that is so utterly new to her. In the unique interiors of the old car repair garages, she arranges her newly discovered materials in such a way as to create images reminiscent of a collage. All garages seem to have the same stereotypical elements. Only at second glance does the viewer discover small cultural differences that can be found in the details.

Wessels approaches this project from her background in documentary making while also drawing on the freedom to move or remove objects and to highlight her settings. Her photographs are deliberately not digitally manipulated. Wessels contructs her compositions solely with the objects she finds in the garages. In her still lifes, functional objects are transformed into an aesthetic composition and become almost abstract. The colour schemes in the resulting still life images are remarkable and often have a playful beauty.

The mechanics themselves do not feature in the images, but we feel their presence, the atmosphere and the hustle and bustle of their working environment in the moments she captures in these photographic stills.

Nowadays cars have become much more sophisticated and computers replace the work of the mechanics. As a result, modern car repair shops get automatized and cleaner, looking increasingly like laboratories instead of personal spaces with an organized chaos. The series 'Garage Stills' shows the intriguing appearance of the old manual labour garages that are slowly vanashing.

Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography Amsterdam, has recently acquired some works of this series for the collection of the museum.

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Cityscapes

In Paramaribo, the main city of Suriname,

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Jacquie Maria Wessels photographed city scenes, dominated by the typically Surinamese wall paintings: hand-painted advertisements containing hyper-realistic depictions of tools, soup cans, oatmeal, hot dogs and other products, along with exhortations like ‘Do your best in school’...

The analogue photographed series 'Cityscapes' is published in the Photo Book ‘Cityscapes + Birdmen’ by Voetnoot publishers

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The Birdman

Between 2006 and 2009 Jacquie Maria Wessels

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made portraits, in Suriname and the Netherlands, of many macho Surinamese men who are obsessed with their little songbirds. Stereotypical male attributes such as clothing, cars and motorcycles play an important role in this lifestyle but in the photographs by Jacquie Maria Wessels the men also reveal another side of themselves.

The ‘caged bird’ is the leading actor in songbird contests. In this ‘most popular sport in Suriname’ men from all segments of the population come together amiably, in peaceful combat over which bird sings the best and who wins the first prize.

After the independence of Suriname in 1975 this pastime came to the Netherlands along with the Surinamese people. Both in Suriname and the Netherlands the contests are held very early on Sunday mornings:  in Paramaribo on Independence Square, over to the Suriname River, and in the Netherlands on lawns in parks, especially designated for this, in Amsterdam, The Hague and other cities.

The analogue on 6x6 series 'The Birdman' is published in the Photo Book ‘Cityscapes + Birdmen’ by Voetnoot Publishers in Antwerp Belgium and internationally by Idea Books. ISBN 978-90-78068-662 The Book won two final awards in the international book awards (USA) in 2011.

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Living Spaces

In ‘Living Spaces’ Jacquie Maria Wessels

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portrayed inhabitants inside their houses. Subsequently she mounted the exterior and surroundings of their houses around these portraits. It resulted in a spatial experience of the way of life of the inhabitants.

Wessels chose different lifestyles for this project. She started the project in the Netherlands with a grant from the Province of Noord-Holland and decided to continue the project abroad in order to portray more diverse living spaces from various cultures.

This series have been exhibited amongst others at the Dutch Photo Festival in Naarden, the main exhibition ‘Sense of Space’ at the Noorderlicht Photo Festival in Groningen and at the Pride Photo Award Exhibition in Amsterdam.

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Brazil

Family at home

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Memory Master

This series represents the memory of places

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you might have been. Mostly the memory is not clear with precise detail. It can work as an afterimage, vague sometimes with patches...

The subjects in these photo works are mostly landscapes. Wessels made them with an analogue 35mm camera during her travels but also in the neighbourhood where she lives.

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Street Portraits U.S.

--‘Eating in Publice Places’, was shot in 

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Amsterdam and focuses on the social context of eating. Not the eating itself is here important, but the diversity and interacting of people while they are eating.

‘Amsterdam Eating’ is an idea of Wessels and was commissioned in 1994 by Amsterdam’s Fonds voor de Kunst and Municipal Archives of Amsterdam. This work has been exposed and published in several ways (i.e. Amsterdam’s Historisch Museum, as a weekly supplement in the nationwide Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and in the book ´Dutch Eyes’, A critical history of photography in the Netherlands(2007).

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Amsterdam

‘Eating in Public Places’, was shot in 

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Amsterdam and focuses on the social context of eating. Not the eating itself is here important, but the diversity and interacting of people while they are eating.

‘Amsterdam Eating’ is an idea of Wessels and was commissioned in 1994 by Amsterdam’s Fonds voor de Kunst and Municipal Archives of Amsterdam. This series has been exposed and published in several ways i.e. Amsterdam’s Historisch Museum, as a weekly supplement in the nationwide Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and in the book ‘Dutch Eyes, A critical history of photography in the Netherlands'(2007).

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