A life-size statue is made of a Dutch citizen without his or her knowledge. Maybe it’s you. A random person is selected and portrayed in detail, and then exhibited. Nabeeld/Afterimage is not just about being watched, the invasion of privacy, or the ease with which anyone’s information can be accessed, but mostly about how that data can subsequently be used and processed.
With Nabeeld/Afterimage, the images of a person are not impersonally stored digitally; instead they are translated into a unique three-dimensional representation of clay that has been made with time, craftsmanship, and great attention to detail. To create an image of someone is to have a form of power over the other, but to manually create an image of a person requires the artist’s time, talents, and dedication. By bringing back the physical aspect, the personal commitment, and the intimacy to this process, Anno Dijkstra demonstrates the absurdity of our relationship with our image within social media.