About the artist
Toos Nijssen is a multimedia artist. She has worked as an illustrator, installation artist, sculptor, photographer and video maker on various reports since 1992. Her work has been included in various collections including Van Bommel van Dam in Venlo and in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. Always fascinated by hands, as well as faces, Toos makes series and portraits.
Since 1995 she has been working on an archive consisting of video portraits of people sitting in front of the camera in silence for five to 60 minutes, in a specially equipped studio. She now has a total of around 1500 portraits saved to her archive. It forms the basis of her work, from illustrations to installations. The video portraits do not stand alone, but form an installation, together with other techniques. The projects are often developed on commission and are based on a specific theme or location. They are often social projects, such as this one in which Vitalis residents are filmed, but also residents from neighbourhoods that are going to be renovated or demolished. The themes ‘home’, ‘origin’ or ‘emancipation’ are always behind her projects.