Photo ID, 2017

 

“We need a revolution in our minds, to rediscover the light we have inside, rediscover what it means to be a person and not a clone, not let our identities be defined by our color, our race or our religion.”

 

 

Rob Riemen, interviewed by Adriana Malvido in Laberinto,

cultural supplement to Milenio

(05/11/2016)

 

In today’s world, dominated by science and technology, identification methods have evolved to such a revolutionary extent that we seem to have been reduced to numbers and codes.  Day by day we are losing our capacity for astonishment at the greatness of the human being and its individuality.  This progress has been achieved at the cost of other equally important values, both moral and spiritual.

This series is an invitation to reflect on what there is, beyond DNA analysis and technological instruments, to measure, identify and “file” a person. To what extent have we lost our capacity to value the individuality of each human being?

 

Documentation

 

Unlike my consignment work, through these series I try to return a sense of self to each of my subjects.  I try to stand back, avoid being behind the camera directing, so I don’t become a mirror.  I leave my subjects face to face with themselves.