Teun Vonk

Teun Vonk is a photographer and video artist.

In his work Teun Vonk observes how a group affects an individual. He explores different groups, ranging from teams to clubs to communities. Both during his working process and in the visual result, the continuous interaction between the group and the individual, as well as the interaction between the visual director and the subject, play an influential role. Vonk records his subjects noticeably neutral. His objective is not so much to portray but rather to conduct a visual analysis. In this visual analysis, the camera and the eventual framing of images are his instruments. As images in motion, the individual body and that of the group are taken into account as dynamic studies of form. They abstract real behavior and function as mirrors to our minds. The result is a layered combination of an abstract imagery that indirectly represents, and a figurative portrayal that directly depicts. This, in sum, constitutes a rise of individual identification, both physically and playful, while simultaneously analytic and intriguing.

More: www.teunvonk.nl

Bio from CTM 2018

Today in 2017, we can go days on end without being reminded of our bodies themselves, the primary function of which seems to be the transport of our head from one interface to another. In his work, photographer and video artist Teun Vonk creates works that directly feature and interact with his own body and the bodies of his viewers. In Vonk’s earlier works, mechanical installations served as a means through which to instigate a physical interaction, and these interactions were then documented and passively viewed. In his newer work, the provocative constructions themselves are now the primary focus of installations, thereby giving visitors the chance to undergo a constructed physical experience first-hand. Vonk’s work is a subtle, focused reminder of what the body is and what it is capable of.

Vonk earned a Bachelor’s in photography from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (NL) and MBOs in photography and multimedia graphics from schools in Den Bosch and Eindhoven. He has received grants from CBK Rotterdam and the Mondriaan Fund. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions at Fondation Cartier in Paris, STRP Biënnale in Eindhoven, and Ars Electronica 2016 in Austria, among many other venues & events, and participated in residencies at the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai (2015) and the VHDG/SRV Mobile residency in Leeuwarden, NL (2014). 

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