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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 Cara's photographs have won several awards, including category winner for her series ROOTING at Siena Creative Photo Award 2020, Book Photographer of the Year 2020 for her book ROOTING at MIFA Moscow International Photo Awards, gold and silver for her book ROOTING at PX3 Prix de la Photography Paris 2020, silver for her book ROOTING at Tokyo Foto Awards 2020, gold and first place for her series Wonder Room at TIFA Tokyo International Foto Awards 2019 and silver for her series MOOD at PX3 Prix de la Photography Paris 2018.

Further, her photographs have been exhibited at 'I wonder if you can' in Sienna (2020), Moscow International Foto Awards in Moscow and Simferopol (2020-2021), GUP NEW Dutch Photography Talent in Amsterdam (2020), Atlas of Humanity in Galerie Joseph le Marais in Paris (2019), Anima Mundi Festival during Venice Art Biennale (2019), BredaPhoto Festival (2018), ZomerExpo in Museum de Fundatie (2017) and Kamp Amersfoort (from April 2015 onwards).