Teun Vonk (1986) is a photographer and video artist. In his work he observes how a group affects an individual. He explores different groups, ranging from teams to clubs to communities. Both during his process of developing and in the visual result, the continuous balance of influence between the group and the individual, the visual director and the subject, are at stake.
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 opening up analytically and poetically.
Vonk’s work consists of video-installations, generally at full scale, such that there is a true relationship between the depicted stage and the exhibition space. This allows for the human-sized material of his research to become a visual reality and to reinforce a more intense identification between the viewer and the displayed individuals within the framework of the study.
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