Madelief Geus is an artist based in Haarlem, Netherlands. She studied at the Jewellery -Linking Bodies department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam.
During her study, Madelief investigated questions of identity and the variety of ways that it can manifest. A series of abandoned passport photographs ended up in the collection of Madelief Geus.
It was the start of her interest in the borders of identity ownership. How big and important is our identity and what if your identity travels the world to be found by someone else? Who is the owner of the represented identity on the picture?
At the same time, the analogue amateur photograph brought to the fore the matter of materiality in the era of digitalization. The nostalgic, always giving satisfaction. And the turningpoint of us wanting to go back to the period things were simpel, analogue and private.