Arjen de Leeuw (Netherlands, 1972) is an Amsterdam based visual artist, mainly working in the field of video and sculpture. De Leeuw graduated from the Royal Academy of arts in The Hague. Parallel to his practice, he has designed theatre sets and costumes for several experimental theatre productions.
Featuring within fictional settings his film protagonists are challenged to deal with existential questions. They are forced to ask themselves how to position within these often absurd circumstances. Recurring elements in his work consist of the limitations of our western notion of freedom, fate and controllability, and the question if our (technological) progress brings us closer to the subliminal.
Eruptions (2008) 2 men are working in a control room, monitoring a volcano.With all their buttons and control panels they give the impression they can adjust and manage these natural forces. CAST Luc van Esch, Emanuel Muris
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