Jannemarein Renout

Visual artist Jannemarein Renout challenges the medium of photography by creating her own devices. She invented a technique of generating photographic images with altered flatbed scanners – from which its light source is switched off – and therefore reacts to daylight. This technique has been contributed as a ‘renograph’ in FOAM Magazine #49 – following Man Ray’s photogrammic rayograph.

In her on-going project, SCAN_2400, Jannemarein is concerned with making the invisible visible. Light, motion, and time form the palet for creating her works of art. The renographical device translates daylight into different colors and patterns: visualizations without intention or composition. The constellations take shape independently from the artist’s hand, yet within a very recognizable and authentic style. It is a visual language which origin is outside the realm of meaning. Renout’s ultimate goal is to keep her influence as a maker of the image to a minimum. She grants the medium agency of a sort that questions the artist’s authority.

The work of Jannemarein Renout offers a dialogue between coincidence and influence, revolving around the critical moment in the process of creation: the instance the scan is made. While her early practices are characterized by an interest in the weather’s play with light, she has now added three more methods into her research: consistently scanning at specific moments of the day, the use of multiple scanners at the same time, and the use of different types or brands of scanners. Whereas she started in 2014 with one scanner, she now has an astonishing collection of 38.

The ongoing art project Looking Is Touching shows Jannemarein’s photographic and painterly investigation into her father’s identity. A few years ago her father questioned his identity and captured his search for himself in dozens of photos. The subjects vary from self-portraits and his daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, to objects that he collected over the years. This immense photo archive is an inexhaustible source for both Jannemarein’s quest and that of her father. In addition to the personal images, she shows enlarged short letters and notes that he has written. His incipient dementia becomes visible between the lines.

• Exhibitions at Galerie Bart: approche Paris 2023 • photo basel 2023 • Between Here and There 2022BIG ART 2022Unseen 2021Looking is Touching solo exhibition 2021 • Fresh Eyes Photo Fair 2020 • The Great Photography Special 2020 • Virtual Photo Basel 2020 • Unseen 2019.


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Photographer Jannemarein Renout, born in 1969, currently lives and works in her hometown Monnickendam. In 2014 she graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam with a Bachelor of Fine Arts specialized in Photography. In 2021 she obtained a cum laude Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen. Her artistic practice consists not only of the act of photography, moreover of the invention and use of new photographic and printing techniques.

Jannemarein has been exhibiting her work since 2013, in solo and group exhibitions, internationally, both in galleries and museums. Among these occasions are exhibitions at Museum Kranenburgh (NL), Chetvert Art Space in Sint Petersburg RU, Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Dutch Design Week Eindhoven, NL. The collaboration between Galerie Bart and Jannemarein Renout dates back to 2014 and resulted in multiple exhibitions and fair participations, such as several editions of Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam, Positions Berlin DE, PAN Amsterdam and Fresh Eyes Photo Fair. Her photographs are part of the art collections of Delta Lloyd, NN Group, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and of several private collectors.

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2021 •
Metropolis M Nummer 4 EINDEXAMENS 2021 Jannemarein Renout by Agnes Winter.

2019 •
Unseen Magazine #7 Jannemarein Renout editorial.

2018 •
18.01 Foam Magazine #49 Jannemarein Renout by Taco Hidde Bakker.

2017 •
23.10 Innovation Origins Jannemarein Renout: Pareltje #10 van DDW by Milan Lenters.
09.06 We Like Art! De lyrische buitenlucht scans van Jannemarein Renout editorial.

2016 •
01.09 X-Knowledge JP Front Cover editorial.
14.04 Tubelight Vernieuwende fotografie? by Justa van den Bulk.
01.03 De Witte Raaf Quickscan NL#2 by Steven Humblet.
01.03 Frame Magazine #109 Jannemarein Renout editorial.
26.02 Metropolis M Waarom houden jonge fotografen niet van fotografie? by Domeniek Ruyters.
01.02 NRC De nieuwe fotografie ziet er niet uit als fotografie by Sandra Smets.

2015 •
20.06 de Volkskrant Kenmerkende rechte lijnen en de lage horizon editorial.
03.06 Pf Abstracte lichtkunst dankzij ‘doodgewoon’ scanapparaat by Naomi Heidinga.
31.05 New Dawn Paper SCAN2400 – Jannemarein Renout editorial.
03.03 Textilia Claudia Sträter gaat special samenwerking aan by Tessa Bentvelsen.

2014 •
16.09 de Volkskrant Ontwikkelbaar by Merel Bem.
14.09 AVROTROS Kunstuur season 9 episode 24 television appearance.

Jannemarein Renout