Mimicry – GiesenLeenders is photographers duo Maurits Giesen & Ilse Leenders
GiesenLeenders is photographers duo Maurits Giesen (1975) & Ilse Leenders (1979).
Having worked together on joint photographic projects since we completed our studies at the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2001. We (Maurits Giesen and Ilse Leenders) try to combine inventiveness with technical expertise. We state that ‘each series has its own particular question’ although the thread running through our work is a cutting edge concern with pushing the technical, aesthetic and narrative boundaries of the medium.
The photographic projects are conceptual in approach but also have their own distinctive presence. The authority of our work lies in the meticulous care with which we construct and ‘direct’ each shot. We acknowledge the subliminal impact of different genres, from film noir to pulp fiction and graphic novels, but create convincing scenes that invite suspension of disbelief. These considered images often focus on anonymous fictional characters (always ourselves in disguise), although more recently our imaginary narratives have been inspired by specific locations, in particular the streets of Paris and the Western coast of the US.