Curator Selection / 2020 / /
The first month in Isolation
Sylvia de Swaan
Sylvia de Swaan
These are tense times, but there have been others in the trajectory of my life. I don’t mind being alone, but being in voluntary isolation has brought back memories, and has also led me to explore areas of my house that I rarely go to, like my attic - an ill kept space that could do with a sweeping and a view from the window that I’d never seen in that way before. It also brought to mind the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the hidden attic where she wrote her diary and spent the last years of her young life.
I’m a fine art and documentary photographer who works on several long term projects concurrently. I’m a traveler, explorer and seeker. Having been displaced from my original culture at an early age I feel both out of place and at home anywhere I go. My work deals with transience, loss, memory, identity, displacement, rootedness, and the layers of history coexist in the present. I’m interested in the construction of narrative and how meaning is created and altered through juxtaposition and editing.
Awards My photographic works have earned me grants, residencies and fellowships from a variety of sources, including Art Matters, The Aaron Siskind Foundation, CEC/ArtsLink travel grants, Light Work, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art; Austrian Ministry of Culture, Constance Saltonstall Foundation, Anderson Ranch Art Center, four fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (1994, 1998/2008/2016) and the Creative Artists Project Grant by the Society for Photographic Education. My work have been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally.