Dutch-Kurdish artist and filmmaker Veysi  (b.1975, Turkey) received the award for Best Graduate Student of the St. Joost Academy of Fine Arts in the Netherlands in 1999. He currently works and lives in Amsterdam.

Media conglomerate Liberty Global (Ziggo, UPC, Unitymedia, Virgin Media..) exhibits his work DEEP LOOK via mediabox Horizon in Holland, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, Ireland, Austria, Romania and Czech Republic.

Veysi was born with congenital hearing loss and spent the first four years of his life not speaking. His condition triggered missing out on linguistic feeling – essentially that formed in the first two years of one’s alife; and yet, it was compensated by Veysi enjoying what he calls “a greater visual acuity”. From the moment he started wearing hearing aids, he became fascinated by the effect of sound on body and spirit.

Living in opposite worlds (West, East; deaf, hearing), Veysi has developed a particular view on reality. Films are his medium to reach out to people and have them experience – through cinematographic means – inner rest and contemplation.

Inspiration DEEP LOOK

“The older we get, the faster time seems to fly. Time proves to be very transient. We live our lives only once, some people we see only once. This inspired me to take a better look at people, to look deep into them.”

Based on his original idea from 2005, Veysi has been making slowmotion portraits since 2010, from his 94 years old grandmother in the Kurdish area of Turkey to the Uruguayan architect of villas. The portraits, shot from 100 to 2000 fps, are a visual documentation of his life.

By dramatically slowing down these portraits he shows us more of their subjects, while also heightening our sense of time’s fleeting nature. Watching this extremely slow-paced imagery also slows the viewer’s own internal sense of time. In this state people can make better choices and are more energized to take care of people and the environment.

He had no plan when he began shooting DEEP LOOK. All he wanted was to shoot ordinary people and explore the possibilities of the slow motion technique step by step. He knew of no films that used this technique to guide him through his exploration of portraiture.

Photo by Arjan van den Berg / Mammal Inc.

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