Experimental movie by Dutch designer, Asja Keeman shows how our relationship with nature causes geological harm
One of the best things about creativity is that it holds no boundaries. Unlike so many industries and genres, creativity gives the creator the opportunity to express themselves in thousands, millions or potentially billions of ways. This makes our role extremely satisfying and as creative hunters we are continually blown away by the interpretations we see on a daily basis. Our nosey nature and desire to look high and dig low paid huge dividends this week as Dutch graphic designer, Asja Keeman popped up on our radar.
Her work exists at the intersection of photography, research, politics and social issues. She uses analogies as a tool to talk about these situations in a more human aspect. By using analogies she hopes to make the topics easier to relate to and make them part of the spectator’s immediate world. She mainly works for cultural and publishing fields, both locally and internationally. Asja manages her time between commissioned projects and self-initiated projects but it was a self-initiated project called Ecology of Wounds that has use captivated from the second we saw it.
Asja commented “Ecology of Wounds is an experimental essay movie that shows how our asymmetrical relationship with nature causes geological harm. Drawing an analogy between nature and the human body, Asja Keeman compares a forest that has borne human destruction with an intimate account of pain caused by self-harm. Using the wound as a metaphor, she recounts how enduring pain inflicted through self-harm is a means of gaining control. With this work, Asja implies that similar mechanisms underlie the destructive relationship we have with nature.”
Image credit: Studio Asja Keeman.