To be updated in March 2017
Mathilde Evaline Jansen lives and works in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). After completing social studies, she studied Photography at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2005), mixed media at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague (2004) and graduated in Photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (2001-2006). In 2016 she completed the postgraduate studies Professional Artist in Class (art education). Mathilde took part in several residency programs and worked in the Czech Republic, Iran, Spain, England, Portugal and Tanzania. Dar es Salaam is a second home.
Jansen works in commission for several media, organizations, companies and individuals. Such as KPN, Eneco, Strukton, HP/De Tijd, metro news, NRC next and Samen Ondernemen. Her art and documentary photography works are exhibited internationally, including the cities of Amsterdam, Berlin and San Francisco.
Besides her artistic practice, Mathilde Jansen worked as a group leader in child and mental health care. She currently works as an art/photography workshop teacher at primary schools in Amsterdam-Noord, an upcoming district of Amsterdam with a mixture of high rise flats, typical Dutch houses and room for experimental initiatives.
Her artistic documentary and portrait photography illuminates people living in both modern and natural (rural) environments, and cross-relations between global economy (consumers) and natural resources (local inhabitants and international producers). Through an experimental and collaborative approach, Mathilde gives insights into new intercultural understanding, and social or fair trade. She works in an interventionist and at the same time non-judgmental way. And combines research, eye for detail, intuitive openness and interaction on location.
Whilst working with fragments or ‘stills’ of time and space, Jansen is on her way to becoming an artistic documentary filmmaker as well. To catch monumental moments and complex structures in moving images, in addition to photography. She’s inspired by Social Sculpture (a concept by artist Joseph Beuys); life is art, art is life. She portrays (seemingly) daily scenes of life, and lifts them to a higher plane. Thus there’s an interrelation between documentary photography, (mixed) media and contemporary art.
Over the past few years her projects have delved more into the psychology of individual and collective life stories. In the future Jansen plans to undertake a Master of Journalism. Mathilde increasingly situates her work on the borderline between (photo)journalism and art.
“The experience was an exciting one for me. It illustrated that writing was about risk – about risking everything. And that the value of the writing is not in what you publish but in its consequences. If you set out to describe reality, then the influence of the writing is upon reality.”