Jaap Scheeren

Jaap Scheeren (Nijmegen, 1979). Photographer, lives and works in Amsterdam. In his own works as well as in commissioned work he tries to stay on the narrow path of reliability. He is focussed on the estrangement and pretty environment and its inhabitants. He made three publicatieons, The Black Hole (i.c.w. Anouk Kruithof), Oma Toos, a Slovakian fairytale book called 3 Roses, 9 Ravens, 12 Months and together with Hans Gremmen a research into printing called Fake Flowers in Full Colour.


Artist Statement

The world is not ruled by order nor by logic. I show the dormant underworld beneath the varnish of everyday reality. I skim through books, the daily papers, internet.... taking notes of unusual facts, ridiculous titbits, derisory accomplishments and disconcerting discoveries made as if to pass unnoticed in the printed columns. From such starting points I will then build up the photographic image. But sometimes I find these eccentricities in front of me and there’s no need to execute these carefully schemed plans. I tell different stories at the same time and every story is related to the other because it’s related to me. My practice investigates the narrow links between reality and reliabilty, often with a focus on the strange relationship between beautifull environments and their inhabitants. I search for a plausible made world, one I can adjust to my view of it. An image on the verge of reality. Jaap Scheeren