Power - PhMuseum

Power

Jesper Boot

2019 - Ongoing

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

What does power look like? In Power, Jesper Boot researches the carefully constructed political image of the leaders of today, both international and local. He depicts facial expressions, movements, hands signs and uniforms of politicians, using only cheaply made copyshop backgrounds and his own living room as a decor. At first glance, the photo’s look like a trustworthy image of a politician, speaking at a conference or walking to an important meeting. When you take a closer look, you see tape around the edges or the salt bags that hold up the European union flags. He constructs images that look familiar, and then deconstructs them if it turns out that they show not a trusted politician, but his own family.

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  • Selection of ties (hallway)

  • Dad speaking (balcony)

  • Mom at the World Economic Forum (living room)

  • Behind the World Economic Forum microphone (living room)

  • Mom and dad agreeing after long negotiations (garden house)

  • Dad leaving after long negotiations (parking garage)

  • Dad leaving after long negotiations (street)

  • Mom getting swarmed by the press (kitchen)

  • Flags after the photo op (kitchen)

  • Dad removing tie after a speech (bedroom)

  • Portrait (living room)

  • Mom and dad at a photo op (kitchen)

  • Empty Dutch office of the Prime minister (living room)

  • Dad calling from the Oval Office (living room)

  • Official state portrait (kitchen)

  • Mom and dad at the final presidential debate (living room)

  • Family portrait (kitchen)

  • Mom at the final presidential debate (living room)

  • Dad speaking from the Oval Office (living room)

  • Dad speaking from the Oval Office (living room)


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