Un/Locked – Collage Series

Full project coming soon…

Un/Locked is a series of 7 portraits, showing a diverse range of kids and how each of them experienced a year in lockdown. Based on a series of interviews and a photoshoot, I created paper artworks based on my interpretation of the kid’s answers.
The collage series was featured in the magazine Hooligans on the 1 year anniversary of the start of Lockdown, and one of the 7 portraits even made the front cover.

On March 23rd 2020, in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Government announced the first National lockdown in the UK.
A year later – Un/Locked is a multidisciplinary project that explores the experiences of children throughout the pandemic. We selected a diverse group of kids who offered dynamic answers about how lockdown has impacted they lives, identity and personal growth.

We interviewed and photographed these children, and then I created bespoke paper/photo collages which represent each child’s answers. Each child had a very personal story, which I tried to capture both in composition, use of colour and symbolism. The medium of paper collage beautifully demonstrates the balance between loss and growth, physically representing the layers, cuts, rips and tears in our lives – in order to grow.

The paper-collages are all cut by hand, both the paper elements as well as the printed photographs were cut, folded, glued and shaped to create a 3D effect (nothing is done digitally!) The final artworks were all lit and photographed/ recorded to create the video cinemagraphs!

Paper Collage: @annemarieke.kloosterhof 
Art Direction: @hannahcoates_ad 
Photography: @mallys_photography 
Video: @harrygrindrod 
Stylist: @beckyseager 
HMUA: @sachonmakeup 

See the full paper portraits series, the BTS videos and work-in-progress photos below.

Work in progress photos can be found on my instagram: @annemarieke.kloosterhof

If you would like to feature this series please contact me or Hannah Coates (AD) via email and we will send you the full press pack.

By Annemarieke Kloosterhof. All rights reserved.