Julie van der Vaart took the theory of panspermia as her starting point, which says that life on earth originated by contamination from outside. This made her look at the human as an alien, something ”strange” that must be investigated. Julie’s images serve as evidence for this strange form of life and are presented as a collection of traces.
After graduating from the Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Visual Arts she studied fine art at the Academy of Pekka Halonen and the Muurla Institute in Finland experimenting with different materials and techniques. Currently she is studying photography at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. She uses staged photography to explore themes such as relationships and femininity in our society.
“I think I would have lived in one house with my entire family. We would do things together and help each other when needed. Animals and humans would live next to each other. Comfortable atmospheres, music and eating together would be important. What would it be like if this happened in the future?”