ONLINE DOSSIER: LIZA MAY POST
Post Liza May. “Attempt” 1996, accessed 11/04/2021, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/post-attempt-l02706.
»Human behavior and its psychological dimensions constitute the focus of Liza May Post’s films and photographic works. Post examines attitudes, movements, actions and encapsulates her observations in extremely stylized scenes: photographic and cinematographic settings — somewhere between a period piece, science fiction and a thriller in terms of atmosphere — in which the characters submit to strange, irrational choreographies.«
Post Liza May. “Attempt I” 1996, accessed 11/04/2021, https://photography-now.com/exhibition/73757.
Post Liza May. “Trying” 1998, accessed 11/04/2021, https://atelierwg.nl/liza-may-post.
»In her photos and films, Liza May Post (Amsterdam, 1965) shows human situations that have been staged. The distance the viewer experiences with regard to the image, raises the scene to a somewhat abstract and in any case humane level. What we see seems at first sight to be clear but then the viewer is not so sure. Nothing is really fixed, the people in her work are constantly in transition.«
»Under behandelt strukturelle Ausgrenzung als ein soziales Phänomen, das im Inneren jedes Individuums einen Widerhall findet, und die Künstlerin beschreibt ihre Figuren auch als Projektionen eines inneren Zustandes. Damit bezieht sie sich auf den Jungschen Schatten, der die Summe aller Qualitäten meint, die wir in unserem individuellen und kollektiven Unbewußten zu unterdrücken und zu verbergen suchen.«
»Her focus is on highly-stylised photography and film work, through which she attempts to capture the essence of human postures and movement.
Post devotes her time to exploring the coercion that people experience as a result of their surroundings along with their inability to resist this pressure. She takes the impotence of humans and distils it, as it were, into scenes that have been radically simplified; the characters in her work are anonymous 'interim figures', devoid of personal characteristics. They are positioned in such a way as to obscure the viewer's gaze, with faces turned away or hidden beneath or behind garments. All the while they perform a strange, irrational choreography, contorted and frozen in their positions, alone and isolated, and unable to come into contact with each other. They appear to be lost, wandering and caught up in an autistic universe.
Her film work contains no escalating build-up of tension or any dramatic developments, her intent is rather to elicit a certain atmosphere. She implies more than she says, and her works live and move and find their being in the logic of dreams rather than the rational. Liza May Post personally describes her own work as sublimated images from the stories that live in her head. She doesn't really care whether the viewer is able to reconstruct those stories, it is “the point”, the essence and the atmosphere that she is seeking to convey, all condensed into a single image. The result is often a comical or ridiculous fusion of movements and situations; however, more often than not what prevails is a feeling of oppression and a bitter aftertaste.
On a scale that barely skims the surface, her works represent psychological disorders, psychological breaks and the mind's collapse. Despair and madness are recurring elements in this oppressive oeuvre.«
»Liza May Post is a Dutch artist and photographer who specializes in depicting the psychological dimensions behind human behavior, with a particular focus on the nuances of human existence and the resulting anguish.«