Nr. 124 Invisible Men - Evry (Paris) 2009 from series 'Exactitudes', 2009, C print (c) Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek

Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek
*1961 in Rotterdam / *1965 in Rotterdam
live in the Netherlands

In Nr. 124 Invisible Men from the series Exactitudes, Versluis and Uyttenbroek register their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, providing an almost scientific, anthropological record of people’s attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element. We always belong to some sort of groups.