Sylvia de Swaan

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Sylvia deSwaan is a Romanian-born photographer who takes beautifully melancholic pieces centering on memory and displacement – stretching beyond the boundaries of documentary photography by incorporating her personal history.

“Return” is an exploration of my personal history and a meditation on memory and war. It consists of a series of journeys through Eastern Europe to retrace routes my mother, sister, and I traversed as refugees at the end of World War II, eventually eventually arriving to my native city in Southern Ukraine where I’d last been as a small child.I’m interested in the construction of narrative and the cinematic juxtaposition of still images – using the voyage as a metaphor for a film, or a narrative thread that leads one through life.

Art Blog - Sylvia DeSwaan - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Sylvia DeSwaan - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Sylvia DeSwaan - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Sylvia DeSwaan - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Sylvia DeSwaan - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Sylvia DeSwaan - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Sylvia DeSwaan - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Sylvia DeSwaan - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Sylvia DeSwaan - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Sylvia DeSwaan - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Sylvia DeSwaan - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Sylvia DeSwaan - Empty Kingdom

http://sylviadeswaan.com/