Interiors of the Social Brain
The constructed photographs and installations of visual artist and neuropsychologist Janneke van Leeuwen explore how the social and physical world merge into complex psychological states inside our minds. Through their fragmented and distorted perspectives, these abstract interiors of the social brain aim to challenge our understanding of reality.
In 2010, Janneke van Leeuwen’s work was selected by the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the traveling world exhibition ‘reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today’, and her photography has since then been exhibited internationally, amongst others at the Azzedine Alaïa Gallery in Paris, Just Madrid Artfair, in Madrid, Spain, Aperture Foundation in New York, Art Basel Miami Beach, United States, Beers Gallery and Art:I:Curate in London, UK and the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China.
In 2020 Janneke van Leeuwen got awarded an interdisciplinary PhD in visual art and social neuroscience. Her research, which combined artistic and neuroscientific methods to investigate relationships between visual imagination and the social brain, took place between the Wellcome Collection and UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology in London, in collaboration with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.