Ilse Oosterkamp (1973 Hardenberg Netherlands), graduated Cum Laude in December 2015 from the Photo Academy Amsterdam, after having been a passionate school teacher for years. Her work is about perfection versus imperfection, age-old ideals, unconscious prejudices and our beauty culture.
She is immensely fascinated by being ‘different’ and the possibilities and impossibilities of the body. This fascination increased with the birth of her son who has multiple disabilities. Because of him, she got a different view on the body and man.
By omission, cutting off and leading and misleading the viewer her pictures get their own signature. The resulting images show the essence, the images are sometimes moving the viewer, sometimes confusing the viewer.
The book ‘IV’ is an artist’s book about my son who was 4 years old at the time. He is not able to stand by himself because of his handicap and needs therefore help from his environment. In the book you see him surrounded by his father and his sister who support him with great care in this.