In her staged photographic series, Dutch visual artist Hanna Jansen (1992) investigates the human condition within present-day, Western society. Her work tends to reference well-known concepts in imagery that can either come from art history or commercial advertising. Her photographs aim to emphasize the vulnerability in her subjects and her work reflects on a variety of universal human experiences such as growing up and forming relationships. Her way of working results in intimate portraits of ‘real’ people within artificial or staged environments. The overly stylized and digitally altered nature of a dominant, commercial imagery meets the honest vulnerability of our shared human condition. This combination serves as a metaphor for a common conflict within our present-day lives.
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