Jeroen Eisinga (NL, º1966)

Sehnsucht, 2002 16mm-film overgezet op HD-video, zwart-wit, zonder geluid, 8min, 47 sec

Sehnsucht is a German noun translated as “longing”, “yearning”, or “craving”, or in a wider sense a type of “intensely missing”. However, Sehnsucht is difficult to translate adequately and describes a deep emotional state. A dead zebra lies on a black and white checkered floor and appears to breathe. Seen from four different angles the decomposition of the zebra is filmed in stop-motion until nothing remains but an empty skin.

Springtime, 2010-2011 35mm-film overgezet op HD-video, zwart-wit, zonder geluid, 19 min, 5 sec

I was covered with 150000 bees and I was stung thirty times. I did not feel any pain. Except towards the end when I was stung in my eyelids. I felt resistance up to a certain moment, but after a while I let it go and surrendered to the experience. I think I must have entered a state of trance at some point. I started to feel completely empty inside and entered a state of complete freedom. Towards the end I only heard the beating of my heart and my own breathing.

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