/ 2020 / Book /

ROOTING - becoming roots

  • Prize
    Silver in Book/People, Gold in Book/Fine Art, 2nd Place winner in Book
  • Company
    Cara Louwman Photography
  • Photographer
    Cara Louwman

Cara and Yuen Yee (two-sisters-in-law), a photographer and writer, embarked on a journey to investigate their relationship with their ancestors and how to bring their family histories into their own lives.

Cara and Yuen Yee are also family. That is why, next to their own way of bringing their roots to the lived present, they interpreted each other's work: Cara by photographing Yuen Yee's family photographs, and Yuen Yee by interpreting Cara's work through words. Through their bond, they give rise to the merging of families, the inoculation of roots, fortifying them.

Cara Louwman (The Netherlands, 1967) is a conceptual photographer, specialized in creating images that tells a story. Inspired by her personal memories and influenced by different cultures, like India and Austria where she has lived, she uses conceptual photography as a mean to stage an idea. Cara's photographs are characterized by the use of multiple layers. Sometimes literally, as in her photo collages. With the computer, she creates images which are other than a direct representation of what was in front of the lens. In short, her work can be characterized as painting with photography.

Awards In July 2017, Cara has completed her study 'Photographic Design' at the University of Applied Photography. Cara's photo's have won multiple awards at PX3 2017 (silver), IPA 2017 and 2019 (Honorable Mention) and MIFA 2018 (Honorable Mention). Further, her photographs have been exhibited at BredaPhoto Festival (September-October 2018), ZomerExpo in Museum De Fundatie (May-August 2017), Loods6 (July 2017) and former concentration camp Amersfoort (from April 2015 onwards).