Borders of Nothingness - On the Mend

In the infinite flow of everything, people come and go in our lives. While the presence of some can be so subtle that we hardly register when it begins or ends, with others it’s far clearer: they enter, or leave, with a bang.
In Borders of Nothingness, Dutch photographer Margaret Lansink (b. 1961) dwells in the transitional ambiguity of her adult daughter’s decision to suspend contact with her, photographing landscapes and nude women whose disappearing presence raises the same haunted question: is this the moment you were gone?
As time passed, Lansink and her daughter reconnected to investigate whether their break could be mended. Lansink then began to revisit and reinterpret Borders of Nothingness in a physical practice that mirrored their emotional efforts of healing. Working from the Japanese practice of repairing ceramics with gold leaf, she combines her images, severs them, and mends their breaks with gold leaf to put hope into the possibility of a bond that is stronger and more beautiful because it had once been broken.
February 2019 written by Katherine Oktober Matthews

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Borders of Nothingness

In the infinite flow of everything, people come and go in our lives.
While the presence of some can be so subtle that we hardly register when it begins or ends, with others it’s far clearer: they enter, or leave, with a bang.

In her delicate and powerful series of black and white images, Dutch photographer Margaret Lansink (b. 1961) dwells in the emotional state of transition between knowing and not knowing another person. In reaction to her daughter’s decision to suspend contact with her, Lansink uses the camera to feel out the sense of severing a connection. She photographs landscapes and nude women, often rendered mysterious or unreadable, seemingly asking: is this the moment you were gone?

Borders of Nothingness raises heavy questions regarding the presence and absence of others in our lives, engaging with our sense of loss as well as the everyday miracle of making the acquaintance of another.


(words by Katherine Oktober Matthews, feb. 2018)




                      Into the scape, untill 27th February 2018 exhibited at Cloud Gallery Amsterdam










 

Hesitation


Hesitation is about that universal feeling in an intimate human relationship of giving yourself emotionally to the other person. This series mirrors my own
inner feelings of deep fear when not having the control anymore. With no place to hide and no other way forward than to truly open up to this other person. Showing my bright as well as my dark side, my own good and bad. By doing so putting my trust completely in the other person; the scariest thing I have ever done.


The series shows my inner struggle, yet I want the spectator to experience it in his/her own way. To have my images invite him/her to go on his own journey or take his/her trip through memory lane. To fully realise that there is no other way to deeply connect to the other person than by opening up truly and completely.

Day after day I’m more confused
Yet I look for the light in the pouring rain
You know that’s a game that I hate to lose
I’m feelin’ the strain, ain’t it a shame
Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away

 
                 
               


                    

     


Fear no more

For as long as I can remember I had this feeling of being out of place. My presence didn’t truly matter. So I tried to be as cheerful and happy as I could be. Coloring my life for the outside world to over-compensate for my true inner feelings. Until ten years ago, when my physics surrendered and forced me into a confrontation with myself.

In “fear no more”, I have put aside my old habits. I have faced my deepest emotions. Picture by picture I broke down the fences of my fears. I dared to accept life and love. Photography became an essential necessity; via my images discovering who I really am.

Although the origin is personal, I strongly believe that there's a universal element to it as in today's society we all try to paint pretty pictures and thereby drift further and further away from our true selves.

The Kindness of One

Every moment contains multiple possibilities, though sometimes we cannot feel it. Small decisions, small gestures, and small actions ripple outwards from our bodies into the lives of others, collapsing the many possibilities into the determination of reality. With a casual and careless stroke, we can crush the spirit of another in passing without any awareness of having done so. Equally, we can unknowingly radiate to others the inspiration and joy to live another day. Our deepest acts of both cruelty and kindness may in fact be invisible to us.  
In The Kindness of One, photographer Margaret Lansink and poet Rene van Hulst contemplate the great potential within a single person’s act of kindness. The couple were inspired by events in 1940, during World War II, in which thousands of Jewish people were trapped in Kaunas, Lithuania between the advancing German troops and the Russian army taking over the Baltic states. On July 24th, the Dutch counsel in Kaunas, Jan Zwartendijk, took personal action and, even though he did not know the Jewish refugees, began to issue visas. In only two weeks, he issued 2,345 visas and saved the lives of more than 6,000 people. The Japanese counsel of Kaunas, Sugihara, likewise issued visas that enabled the people to travel through Russia and reach Japan by boat.
Compared to the scale of history, most days in modern life are banal, filled with administrative tasks like checking email, doing office work, and running household errands. Yet what is a visa but some small piece of administration?
In her black and white images, Lansink traces the feeling of everyday saviours like Zwartendijk through an intuitive view of Kaunas and Japan. She mixes scenes from ordinary daily life with shots of blurred confusion, and layered scenes with reflections that hold us apart from what we see. In his series of short poems, van Hulst muses on the potential of our human existence: we are all afraid and alone, together. In combination, the photographs and words dwell in the possibility of any given moment for a person to choose fear, apathy, and anger, or to choose compassion and kindness. Gently, they urge for kindness.
Katherine Oktober Matthews

photography: margaret lansink
poetry: rene van hulst


design: akiko wakabayashi
lithography: marc gijzen
production: drukkerij tielen, boxtel
publisher: kaunas photography gallery in cooperation with wewest

Margaret and Rene would like to thank the team of the Kaunas Photography Gallery for their energy and perseverance in making this book happen, especially Gintaras Cesonis for his belief in  the importance of our story. Furthermore the people of Shiro Oni Studio in Onishi Japan for our wonderful residence, especially Yoji Matsumura for his teaching  of the Japanese language and  the principles of Wabi Sabi.


Price: € 37,= excl. shipping

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The book can be shipped after the ‘Official Launch’ at Kaunas Photo Gallery Lithuania on October 20th







Especially for the exhibition at IBASHO Antwerp I’ve created a Japanese style handbound book 'Borders of Nothingness - On the Mend' printed on 120 um/ 45 gs Washi paper. A small paper collage, mended with 23 Kt. goldleaf, is mounted in the signed book. The book comes in an edition of 50 copies and will be released during the vernissage.
Very happy and honored that Victoria & Albert Museum London has acquired this book for their special collections.


Special Edition:
Borders of Nothingness - On the Mend                    
Handmade book on Ise Washi 45 gs / 120 um paper. Handmade  / 23 spreads - 30 images & 1 collage 14x15 cm Signed & numbered 50 copies /  also available at IBASHO Antwerp
Size: 15 cm x 20 cm Year: 2019

€ 125,= incl. Kizuki Washi paper collage & 23 Kt. Goldleaf

only 1 book left, which can be purchased at Ibasho Gallery

  



Borders of Nothingness
Leporello in black giftbox: 32 BW images
First edition - Handmade  
Signed & numbered
25 copies /  


Size: 14,5 cm x 10 cm
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Book & Album 220 gsm
Year: 2018

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During Antwerp Art Weekend my series “Borders of Nothingness - On the Mend” will be exhibited at Ibasho Gallery in Antwerp.

The new handmade book on Japanese Washi Paper & covered with a collage and 23 Kt. goldleaf will be released at the opening.
Edition of only 50 pieces.
Price for this special edition: € 125,=.

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Fear no more
Book: 90 pages BW & 6 separate color prints
Limited first edition: 15 copies

size: 28 cm x 22 cm
Year: 2017
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Fear no more ARTIST BOOK
Book: 98 pages BW & 5 color pages

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    • Archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper
    • signed & numbered
    • with certificate of authenticity
    • edition of 10 + 3 AP

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    • Archival Pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper
    • signed & numbered
  • with certificate of authenticity
    • edition of 10 + 3 AP

    • Includes shipping costs inside Europe
    • Please contact me when you’re from outside Europe or if you want it framed.


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    • Archival Pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper
    • signed & numbered
  • with certificate of authenticity
    • edition of 10 + 3 AP

    • Includes shipping costs inside Europe
    • Please contact me when you’re from outside Europe or if you want it framed.


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