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Jelle Havermans (1994)

I live in Amsterdam and I am currently enrolled in the Lens Based Master Programme at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Besides that, I work as an art teacher and I am an activist for emancipation.

With my current work, I reflect on film and it’s role in society. It’s mainly questioning and exposing the traditional morals and stereotypical (gender) roles that are portrayed in cinema throughout history. Through art, I investigate my own obsessions and desires, which are mainly rooted in horror and the macabre. 

Through photography and moving images I comment and reflect on my own fascinations as well as the way images influence our society. Through my work, I’m reflecting on constructs in the male dominated world of cinema, which has a inconceivable impact on the way we construct our own realities. Important in my artistic process is the element of creation. For me, there is a charm in the process of creating set pieces and a certain ambience, despite having almost no budget or sufficient tools. I often need to be creative in order to make an image that fits into a certain construct. I like to work with inexperienced models and low budget materials; it helps me to immerse myself into the role of an amateur filmmaker; I have to be a set and costume designer, writer, director and cameraman at the same time. The goal of my work is to explore my inner obsessions. To reflect upon the value and influence of (moving) images in a personal and societal context. 

Besides my work as a visual artist, I am a feminist writer. My articles were published in large newspapers and (online) magazines like De Volkskrant, Het Parool and NRC’s Mindshakes. With my writing I express my viewpoint on societal  issues from a feminist perspective. If you’d like to read some of these (Dutch) articles, you can visit this page.

All photographs, artworks and written copy on this website is the copyrighted property of Jelle Havermans unless stated otherwise.