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Jennifer Niederhauser Schlup

Jennifer Niederhauser Schlup, lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland. She holds a Bachelor in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston and a Master in Art Direction from the University of Art and Design, Lausanne (Ecal). Her work has been shown in various exhibitions and publications, internationally. In 2014 she was a FOAM Talent as well as a Vfg nachwuchsförderpreis laureate and shortlisted for the Voies Off Prize and Vevey Image 2016. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Atelier Néerlandais — Paris, East Wing Gallery — Dubai, BEARSPACE gallery — London among others. She is among the 2015 recipients of the ProHelvetia Promotion of young talents in photography. She is also the Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of Adventice Editions (AE), which she co-founded in 2011. AE is an independent publishing house which releases annually the eponymous publication Adventice.

Artist statement

I am interested in photography as a modifier of our vision and conception of reality, as a means to question the viewer’s preconceptions about what he believes he is seeing. My images are subtle simulacra, which purpose is to generate new perceptions, where true and false take on another dimension. I use the photographic space as an unstable flow of information, which can be pulled in any number of directions, in order to confuse the visual experience - combining the connection between the real subject and the digital interventions that overlay them. The distinction between the virtual and actual (or embodied) experience collapses increasingly not simply as a perceived illusion, but rather as a kind of deep confusion, constantly vascillanting between real and virtual. Bringing together heterogeneous techniques and modes of representation, mixing «straight photographs» and heavily manipulated images, thus blurring the fine line between fact and fiction, my practice is an experiment on bringing forward the unfathomable and illusory qualities of the medium, while maintaining a narrative quality open to personal interpretation and the search for a certain truth.

Jennifer Niederhauser Schlup's work appears courtesy the artist.

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