As a somewhat controversial photographer, Gioia de Bruijn (1986) makes intimate but aesthetic reports, leaving out the voyeurism. Seeing her raw images of naked friends or even her family snapshots, is like being amongst friends, experiencing the silence of nature or smelling the rot of a carcass.
De Bruijn’s work reminds us of the snapshot aesthetic of Nan Goldin but also of the modernist photographer Berenice Abbot and her energetically framed black and white compositions of New York skyscrapers in the 1930s. Through high angle compositions the artist immerses us in a micro world where the passing of time is altered and the intensity of sound is different. In her sequences that carry the subject ‘Transit headspace’ and ‘America’ De Bruijn sews together a floating experience between ‘getting high’; ‘sexual realism’ and ‘towers that present the epitome of todays modern capitals with their seemingly endless glazing walls’.
Gioia de Bruijn graduated with honours from the Camberwell College of Arts in London.