Beyond the Body . A perception of appearance and identity
We live in a time when the distinction between masculine and feminine is more and more subtle. If at first we believed that the difference was merely physical, we have now realized that also attitudes, habits and emotions are completely mixed between men and females. Sometimes men are more fragile and women are sometimes stronger than men and even more cynical.
Everything is interchangeable, it is hard to investigate themselves and understand our true nature, it is liberating to see that maybe after work or during the day, one could also remove the mask and return to being itself through a performance.
Imme van der Haak constantly strives to question and challenge our perception of what is ‘normal’, focusing on the everyday, which we might take for granted. Her work focuses on altering the human form by affecting its figure with just one simple intervention. Photos of the human body are printed onto translucent silk which will create the possibility of physically layering different body’s, ages, generations and identities.
In a dance performance, the moving body manipulates the fabric so the body and the silk become one, distorting our perception or revealing a completely new physical form. The movement then brings this to life. Beyond the body brings into being an ambiguous image that intrigues, astonishes or sometimes even disturbs.