Maarten van Maanen lives and works in Amsterdam. He makes portraits in the broadest sense of the word. His work is about identity and non-verbal communication. He is particularly interested in the discrepancy between appearance and underlying emotions. In ancient Greek ‘persona-lity’ has a dramatic sense: the ‘mask’. We carry it everywhere we go with us. Our daily presentation and who we ‘really’ are, is deeply entangled with each other and so the question arises: where does the ‘mask’ end and where does the ‘real’ begin?