HAUNT 34, 2020
Inkjet print on photo rag paper

HAUNT (2020) is a photography installation of ninety-nine pictures taken by Cheryl Schurgers within nine weeks of self-isolation in her home in Amsterdam and published on @cherylschurgers since the start of the project.

During the first COVID-19 Lockdown between March and May 2020 she avoided all social contacts to experience complete solitude for an uncertain time. The intimate setting of her private surrounding intensified the solitary process of being both the photographer and the subject of her works.

Captivated by the concept of ‘room-travel’ from the 1794 book Voyage Autour de Ma Chambre (A Journey Around my Room) by Frenchman Xavier de Maistre, she took a journey through her distinctive apartment that is more workspace than living space.

HAUNT refers to an animal’s nest, one’s territory, but at the same time the haunted feeling of no distraction from your body and thoughts during isolation. The installation is a rhythm of images taken in different situations within the intimacy of the apartment and shows the repetitive state of mind that Schurgers experienced when she stayed indoors for a long time. The longer she was alone, the more the fiction she wanted to create became her reality. HAUNT is her One Room Movie that exists in still images only.

As museums and galleries remained closed, the intention was to give viewers who were staying indoors access to new work. The pictures of HAUNT have been consistently posted to her Instagram feed throughout 2020 and this method will still continue into 2021.

New images of HAUNT are first shown on @cherylschurgers and afterwards published here.