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This time we connected Janine van Oene to Jaya Pelupessy and Janine to Jaya. They answered each others questions about imposter syndrome and their all time favorite UNFAIR presentations.

If you would have superpowers what would it be and why?

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Send Putin into space. It’s time to go.

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Do you ever feel like an imposter and if so when?

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Sometimes! But not really. When I’m stuck I look a lot at other artists works, this offers me insights and a kind of space.
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Discovering and learning while experimenting is what I find most interesting about painting. Sometimes I try a completely different technique from another artist to break free from my own style. Also, I’m easily bored and like to try out new things, just for fun. So yes, sometimes I cheat a little and my work will inevitably be influenced by other artists. But for centuries artists influence each other, it is part of this weird profession.

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Do you work with music on and if so what do you listen to? I need some more studio tunes.

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Always! At the moment:

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In the morning, or actually all day and every day, I like to listen to Flo Dill on NTS.

 

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In the afternoon a playlist called AiAiAi by Rumi Kaul on Spotify

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In the evening I like to listen to Job Jobse for example.

Job Jobse · Job Jobse – Sunrise at the last ever Nachtdigital – Olganitz, August 2019
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Janine van Oene ‘Sensual Strokes #3’ (2021)

If you could have a meal with any artist from any time, what would the meal be, with who and why?

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That’s a hard one, so many people to choose from… For now I think I would like to share a meal with Sigmar Polke. His work, with it’s multidisciplinary approaches has always inspired me. I personally enjoy cooking very much and I think it would be great if we could cook a meal together. Not a set recipe but a simple leftover back of the fridge collaboration. Maybe we could have a psychedelic dessert afterwards and debate life together.

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When you are feeling slow and out of focus. What do you do, eat, watch, listen to, read or say to yourself to whip your own ass?

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I tend to let my ass be slow and out of focus once in a while. I came to terms with those unproductive studio days and usually (if the deadline allows it) let those days be as they are. I usually leave the studio behind me and spent time with my son, friends and loved ones. Have a nice dinner (with Sigmar ;) and have a beer in the sun.

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If a deadline doesn’t allow me to take these kind of days I usually procrastinate on my phone for a few hours, get frustrated that the day is slipping out of my hands and eventually go through my book collection to activate my brain again. If this doesn’t work I jump on my bike and have a bike ride through the park behind our house.

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Ps: playing this song on full volume in the studio is also a good move to get yourself motivated and feel like an action hero:

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Which previous presentation at Unfair still floats in your memory? By whom and why?

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Also to many to choose from… If I would have to pick one it will have to be my close friend Abel Minnée’s installation: ‘Privileged Instants and Any-Instants Whatevers an Ideal Synthesis of Studio Minnée’.

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In this installation he presented all the light sources he could find in his studio. From the tiny light source in his fridge to the lightbulb in the ceiling of his studio. In his meticulous installation, drenched in light, the objects are presented on white pedestals emphasizing the necessity of these object for photography. Showcasing a story on photography without presenting a single image. His work has a performative element in it and is highly conceptual. In the context of Unfair I think this works very well. Unfair isn’t your regular fair and in my opinion you should’t approach it as such. The boldest and less economically driven presentation, big or small have always caught my attention.

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Jaya Pelupessy ‘Manufactured Manual’ (2022)


These interviews are part of an ongoing series of short interviews between Unfair artists, originally published through our mailings. Check the overview to read the other interviews  or subscribe to our mailing list through the button below:

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