LISA VAN CASAND – b.1990
Based in The Hague
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2012-2017 – Bachelor of Arts, documentary photography, Royal Academy of arts (KABK), The Hague
2015 – Internship Gert Jan Kocken
2015 – Internship Anoek Steketee
2009-2010 – Propaedeutic diploma, fine arts, University of the Arts (HKU), Utrecht
2017 Fotofestival Schiedam, Schiedam
2017 Art The Hague, The Hague
2017 Artist Talk, Recyclart, Brussels
2017 Hoogtij #50, The Hague
2017 Het Nutshuis, MATTER, The Hague
2017 Royal Academy of Art, Graduation festival, The Hague
2016 Pand P, ‘Fluorescent Signals’, solo exhibition, Eindhoven
2015 Art-Deli, ‘Nacht’, group exhibition, Amsterdam
2015 Dutch Design Week, Collaboration-0/limbo, group exhibition, Eindhoven
2015 Art-Deli meets Unseen, group exhibition, Amsterdam
2015 De Fotoclub, ‘Zomerzucht’, group exhibition, Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven
2015 Endless Possibilities, group exhibition, Raamweg, The Hague
2014 BredaPhoto, ‘Songs from the heart’, group exhibition, Chasséveld, Breda
2013 ‘(On)begrensd’, group exhibition, Spuitunnel, The Hague
2017 British Journal of Photography, Ones to Watch
2017 Mister Motley, ‘Graduation special, Lisa van Casand’
2017 See all this kunstmagazine, No. 6, zomer 2017, ‘Vijf veelbelovende kunststudenten’
2017 British Journal of Photography, ‘#BJP 7860: Ones to Watch’
2017 De Correspondent, ‘Het hele leven bestaat uit stress (en onze genen zijn niet up to date)’
2016 Interview, Vice x New Dawn, ‘Lisa van Casand fotografeert intelligente planten en intrigerende mensen’
2015 Subbaculta, ‘The anniversary issue – membershipcard’
2015 Froot, ‘Nieuwe hollandse meesters’
2014 Modern Art Loppersom, MALcollection
2014 Catalog, BredaPhoto, ‘Songs from the heart’
2017 Life Framer Monthly Competition – Winner
2017 HEDEN Start Award
2017 Royal Academy Bachelor Department Award: Photography
2014 BredaPhoto, Academy prize
Written by Sophie Wright
About The Mushroom Club
For The Mushroom Club, Lisa van Casand focused on a Cold War-era former Nato HQ on the Dutch-Belgian border, from which all official documentation had been destroyed.
For Lisa van Casand, photography provides carte blanche to investigate places and people she would otherwise not have access. Her projects often revolve around waarheidsvinding, a peculiarly Dutch term best – if imprecisely – translated as ‘truth-finding’, an interest she attributes to her upbringing.
“I grew up with people around me that had quite a variety of strong beliefs,” says the 26-year-old from Eindhoven. “Which is not necessarily a bad thing in itself but it did confuse me at a young age – how people could believe so strongly in opposite things?”
Though interested in the idea of photography as evidence and document, it was the fallacy of the tools we use to order reality, and the limitations of seeing, that she often reflects on in her research-led projects. “I am drawn to things that are shrouded in mystery. The bigger the impossibility of reaching the object of investigation, the better,”says the final-year student at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
Clarity and knowledge are not the desired outcomes of her research: it’s the ambiguity of the journey that counts. The subjective act of producing and interpreting information is a red thread through all of her work, which often takes enigmatic historical events or scientific ideas as its starting point.
For The Mushroom Club, van Casand focused her attention on a Cold War-era former Nato headquarters inside a hill on the Dutch-Belgian border. All official documentation and evidence of the underground network of tunnels had been destroyed, so she set herself the task of patching together an impression of the base by interpreting the fragments of information available.
Van Casand chose not to photograph the site as it exists now, conscious that the end point would be to merely linger on what is no longer there. Instead she treated the material she gathered as “building blocks” for an imagined contemporary document that found its form across several different elements. From a 3D-reconstruction of the mountain’s golf course, to a book bringing together conflicting accounts from former employees into a seemingly cohesive narrative, her rendering of the former Nato HQ embraces the inaccuracies of documentation and the subjective vision underlying these processes.
In leaving the information inconclusive, van Casand relies on the viewer to piece together some of the puzzle. “I am searching for ways to give the viewer a more active role in viewing the work, by ensuring that the work is not complete without them,” she explains. “In this way, the final image is the mental image in the mind of the viewer.”
For her next project she plans to push the role of the viewer even further, exploring our individual responses to colour by seeing if it’s possible to create a work “that everyone will see differently”.
Written by Katerina Stathopoulou
About Fluorescent Signals
I was immediately pulled towards Lisa’s image. It’s beautifully structured, and the vivid reds and oranges of the leaf tips are foreign and striking. It’s a tactile, physical image and my first thought was that the fiery colors were heat prints left from human touch – a comment on our heavy-handed relationship with nature. I feel like it plays with the long and familiar tradition of still life photography (and painting) of plants and flowers, but with a bold and contemporary spin.
From reading the statement, I understand that it’s the result of stressing the plant with external elements (drought, hot water, chlorine…) and then capturing the infrared energy released, normally imperceptible to the human eye. It’s a considered way of depicting that fragility – how our actions as humans can damage our environment in ways that are often invisible. Warning signs hidden and so easy to overlook. There’s a subtle irony at play too – how that damage manifests itself in something so beautiful.
It’s an experimental image, borne of investigation and process, and that’s to be admired.