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Longing for Lamu
Longing for Lamu:
Lamu feels like her home in Africa for Dutch photographer Annelies Damen. The moment she put her feet on the Kenyan Archipelago 20 years ago, the poetic feel of the place triggered her creativity. Lamu has maintained much of the unspoiled Swahili culture for centuries, which inspires dreams of the past.
The slow pace of living, the surrounding Indian ocean, the Swahili architecture but above all the magical and poetic light shining on the intriguing women she meets in daily life, are the inspiration for this new series 'Longing for Lamu'.
Annelies Damen graduated from the Academy of Photography, Amsterdam in 2006, after transforming her career from business to fine art photography. Using this medium, Damen has skill fully and sensitively captured strong female imagery from a myriad of cultures, which both connect to complement their surrounding landscape creating a sort of sublime interaction in her work.
Damen’s photography has taken her across many continents; her favourite is Africa where she describes the magic, proud independence and sensuality of the women as the inspiration for her work. As an artist she demonstrates the symphony between the female form in natural settings creating a painterly meeting of shadows, shapes and lines that are steeped in organic beauty.
Damen has already exhibited worldwide, including shows in
New York, Paris, Mumbai and Amsterdam. Her work is widely collected and has been exhibited in various institutions including Sotheby’s, Noorderlicht, White Space, PhotoFever, Scope Art Miami and Gorcums Museum. Her work is currently represented by Rademakers Gallery in Amsterdam.
Awards Grand Prize Winner at See.Me 2020.
Two times Honourable mention + One time nominee in Fine art category at Black & White Spider Awards 2019
Two times Honourable mention at Black & White Spider Awards 2018
Two time Honourable mention at IPA Photography Awards 2017
SeeMe x Scope Final in Miami show finalist 2015