Welcome to the official website of Janica Draisma
Janica Draisma is a multidisciplinary artist, screenwriter, director, photographer and performer. She is currently based in Amsterdam where she has her studio and also runs her production company Draft Foundation.
Janica was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and grew up in Lusaka, Zambia, after which she moved to the Netherlands. She studied visual arts, painting, filmmaking and scriptwriting, as well as acting, mime, various movement techniques and classical singing, thus mastering a broad area in the field of arts, which she comprises in her work, be it film, photography, multimedia or opera. Her work is highly international, reflecting exposure to and interest in different cultures.
Apart from Amsterdam, Janica lived and worked in Paris, London, Rome, Lisbon and Tokyo among others.
Her main interest is communication between people. How do we express our identity, what strategies do we develop in order to survive, how do we change or transform, how do we interact with each other and with the world, are issues Janica deals with in her work. In the end it is all about communication and dialogue.
Possessing the rare quality to unveil her subjects and making an inner world or personal universe visible, her work moves audiences and stimulates the spectator to view things in a different or new way.
CONSTELLATIONS – work in progress
Portrait of the successful designers duo Lieselot Elzinga and Miro Hämäläinen. (Analogue, 6×6 negative, color). This portrait is part of the series Constellations.
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts… (Shakespeare As you like it)
–Go to documentary
The Secret Room – Nominated
Dutch Film Festival 2020
On the edge of documentary and fiction, The Secret Room takes us on a journey into the universe of Odin Teatret, a unique theatre company founded in 1964 by the famous Italian director Eugenio Barba (1936) and based in an old farm in Holstebro, Denmark. How did this family-like group of people survive over fifty years, up to the present day, despite its members aging and dying?
What is the role of theatre in society? What is the difference between theatre and reality? When are we playing a role, when are we ourselves? How do we deal with the passage of time, the ephemerality of life?
And how do we deal with death?