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LILITH

Henritte van Gasteren

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am Henritte van Gasteren (Sevenum, 1964), using the artist name Lilith. Besides
being a mother of three children I am a storyteller with a passion for photography. Since
2006 my self-portraits have been telling my stories. My recurring themes have been
women, vulnerability, identity, female archetypes, gender bending and of course life itself. But above all freedom and equality.

How did you get interested in photography?

As a child I dreamt about becoming a dancer: show ballet, classical ballet. Ive been
brought up in a very strict religious way and my parents wouldnt let me. They were
convinced the world of dance, of arts, is a dangerous one. It was hard for me to deal
with, because I was told I was talented and I loved to dance. As I grew older I managed
to live with this tough decision, because I understood my parents loved me that much
and therefore tried to protect me for all possible dangers. I also was fond of writing
and drawing, an alternative way to express myself.

In 2005 I started writing stories, which I published on internet. A good friend of mine
gave me a 2nd hand webcam. Then I found out I could tell stories with my face and
body as well. I never knew that before. I started creating illustrations (self-portraits) for
my stories using that webcam. From then on slowly my way of story-telling changed.
Body language suits me better than written words and nowadays my self-portraits are
telling my stories. Sometimes I write a little poem to illustrate a self-portrait, but its the
opposite now.

Thanks to photography I feel Ive become a dancer after all, since I am telling stories
using body language like a dancer does.

Have any artist/photographer inspired your art?

Life is my inspiration. My work is from a 1st person perspective but my story is not
only about me. Its about women. Its about people fighting for their identity. Being a
woman is not always easy in a world dominated by men. Being gay neither is, despite
being a man. Being black in a world dominated by white people isnt easy as well. And
so on. I recognize the struggle. Its also my intention to support the underdog with
performances falling somewhere between the real and apparent, my alter egos holding up a dead sharp mirror in front of women and men calling out societys ancient
convictions.I do admire Anton Corbijn, Guy Bourdin, Ellen von Unwerth, Helmut Newton for example.

Could you please tell us anything about your technique


and creating process?

I photograph using a Nikon D800 or D700, a tripod, Hhnel remote control. Sometimes
I use one studio light but prefer natural light.ve created humorous, ironic self-portraits
around my own home.

A house shows who we are and over 5 years I shared my home with my audience.
Every corner of the room appears in my photography. In 2012 the time for change had
come. For my latest series of self-portraits home owners unknown to me have offered
their houses as sets. After I contacted the newspapers dozens of house owners offered
their homes for my new self-portraits. I visited the houses, often without the presence
of the owner, their faith in me shown by giving me their house keys and carte blanche
to use the rooms as I wished. This series is called A house is not a home.

In both my life and my work I communicate with the things discovered around me so
in these new and strange sites the artistic possibilities explode with sometimes surprising results. My photography changed but still remained unmistakably Lilith

Describe your ideal photographic situation


I have to be alone.

How much preparation do you put into taking a photography?

Since I am telling my story through my self-portraits I photograph myself how I feel that
day. It all has to do with emotions. I cannot make plans days in advance. When I enter
those strangers houses with a small basket filled with random props I am completely
blanc. I start to communicate with the environment, with the people who arent present
at that very moment. The thing that really surprised me is that even though those house
owners arent present, they still influence my work by the first impression I got from
them. (Most of the time I paid one visit to them to introduce myself.) That fact made
me wonder about freedom. Are we ever completely free or are we always taking account of others, of society and its rules, (un)knowingly?

Whats your useable-to-unusable ratio when you review


images from a shoot?

That varies a lot. Sometimes the first shot during light measuring is usable and sometimes I need 30 or even 200 photos. It depends on what I am doing. I always need just
one photo of a certain situation.

What quick advice do you have for someone who wants


to improve his or her photography skills?

Just follow your intuition, listen to your heart and be sincere in what you intend to show
the world. Stick to yourself. Being faithful to oneself makes you stronger and is a guarantee for honest work. Its all about emotions, the photography itself comes secondly.

From time to time many photographers find themselves


in a creative rut or uninspired to shoot. Does this ever
happen to you and if so how do you overcome these
phases?

Since I am a mother of three children theres never enough time to photograph. That
keeps me eager. So when I have a little time on my own I just start photographing.
Luckily I am always inspired. There is so much going on in this world, in my life.

What future plans do you have? What projects would


you like to accomplish?

I am still working on my project A house is not a home- self-portraits in strangers


houses.

A house shows who we are. But so does a circle of acquaintances, family members
and good friends. Thats why I recently started shooting self-portraits together with
all those people in my life. One or two persons in a self-portrait with me. They are
the most important person in every single picture and I am the bit player.

I am also working on a series called Intrauterine. Self-portraits with my Nokia cell


phone in the tub. I like to take a bath, back to the womb that encircled me. Back to
the fetal stage where I could completely be myself. It was safe.

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Dutch Art Photographer Henritte van


Gasteren (Sevenum, 1964), using the artist
name Lilith, is a storyteller with a passion
for photography. Since 2006 her self-portraits have been telling her stories. Her recurring themes have been women,
identity, female archetypes, gender bending and of course, life itself. But above all
freedom and equality.

Lilith creates humorous, ironic self portraits around her own


home. A house shows who we are and over 5 years Lilith
shared her home with her audience. Every corner of the
room appears in her extraordinary photography. A story in
images about women, vulnerability, eroticism and much
more.
In 2012 the time for change had come. For her latest series
of self-portraits home owners unknown to her have offered
their houses as sets. After she contacted the newspapers
dozens of house owners offered their homes for her new
self-portraits. Lilith visited the houses, often without the presence of the owner, their faith in her shown by giving her
their house keys and carte blanche to use the rooms as
she wished.
Lilith, in both her life and her work communicates with the
things discovered around her so in these new and strange
sites the artistic possibilities explode with sometimes surprising results. Her photography changed but still remained
unmistakably Lilith.

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Liliths work has received critical and public acclaim. She has won several national and
international photography awards, including in 2014 the public choice award as well as
the 2nd jury prize in AVROs national photo contest for self-portraits. Her work is included
in numerous private and public collections including museum those of the Van Bommel
van Dam (Venlo Netherlands), museum Ikob (Eupen Belgium), Limburgs Museum (Venlo
Netherlands), Generali Insurance Company (Diemen Netherlands), Atrium Hospital (Heerlen Netherlands), Eduard Planting Fine Art Photographs (Amsterdam Netherlands)
and the Torch Gallery (Amsterdam Netherlands). In 2013, a book was published providing an overview of her self-portraits from 2006 till 2013, entitled, A house is not a
home.

Lilith uses self-portraits to provide a commentary on the image of women today. Recurring themes in her work include identity, gender roles, freedom, equality, religion and
the positive and negative aspects of human experience. Her work is sometimes humorous, often sensual, frequently confrontational, and always original and insightful.
Her portraits, especially those of religious themes, have met with some controversy. Her
self-portrait Father, forgive me for. was removed from an exhibition held in a former
seminary in 2011. That portrait was later published on the front page of a national newspaper, Sp!ts, which deplored censorship and restraints placed on artistic expression.
In 2012, Lilith made a photo documentary about Risja, a young woman suffering from
Lyme disease. In an honest and realistic manner, the pictures capture Risja's beauty,
her power and bravery, but also her moments of pain and sorrow. The photos have been
compiled in a book (Risja, a story by Lilith- This is bugging me) which was released
with a traveling exhibition in 2012. The benefits from the sale of the book are being provided to a new foundation, Stichting TeekOnMe, which supports research in the field of
Lyme disease.
Liliths home has served as the backdrop for the majority of her photographs. In 2012,
for the series: A house is not a home, Lilith invited home owners throughout the Netherlands to open their homes to her to use as settings for a series of self-portraits. Dozens of people invited Lilith to use their homes. In these borrowed homes, she was able
to work, in complete privacy, to combine her portraiture with a vision of home in the houses of friends and strangers.
Lilith currently resides and works in the Netherlands. She has prepared a series of blackand-white portraits using a cell-phone for exhibition in 2015 (Intrauterine) and is preparing a series of new projects for release in 2015/2016.

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People are vulnerable. They can be


wounded, severely, and this is frightening. With globalization and the online
revolution, our whole world can be exposed to those with evil intentions. At
the same time, goodness and kindness
are spreading like never before.

To me as an artist, this innate vulnerability of mankind


represents the ultimate form of goodness. My art,
every single self-portrait, is a form of expedition, taken
one step at a time, to discover the very contours of this
inner vulnerability. In this way, through my photography, I am able to rediscover and rekindle my faith
in humanity.

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Self-portraits made with Nokia cell phone


in the tub.I like to take a bath, back to the
womb that encircled me. Back to the fetal
stage where I could completely be myself.
It was safe, when I did not know better. The
hot water cherished me.

Each unexpected thing which comes my way is a test


which I had not foreseen, despite my wandering thoughts
about the future. The reality is larger than my imagination,
but also far more cruel than my fears.
I put my head under water so I cannot breathe. Maybe I do
not want to breathe anymore; its so much to take in. The
fear, the sadness, the helplessness, it is all overwhelming,
it presses on my chest, it presses on my mind. Some days
it makes me feel so small and weak. A day later I start to
scratch and crawl and become big and strong again.
Yet again I dive underwater. Try to hold my breath for as
long as possible. Then the moment comes when I will be
reborn. I am no longer connected to an umbilical cord. I
need to breathe and live with my own strengths however
difficult this can be for me. If it really does not work for me
I take a bath. By myself, within the safe shelter of the
womb. With fluttering thoughts until I find the courage to be
born again. Until I have enough guts to live on only then
do I come out.

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