• A Gentle Decompression

    The twelve-part photo series A Gentle Decompression is the result of a two-year visual research into mental health. In these series, Thissen relates to themes such as memory, care, vulnerability, friendship, nostalgia and trauma. 'Mental health is a central theme in my life and as I discovered, also in my work. Within this series I have tried to investigate what makes this theme complex, avoided, emancipatory and vital. This project was made possible thanks to the generous support from the Mondriaan Fund and Stroomversneller Arnhem. For this series, Thissen collaborated with Joris Suk (costume design) Marloes Dadswell (garment development) Zhizhong Keene (graphic design) Baba Pokomasse and Suzie Jean (tattoo).