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Cuny Janssen
HC, 27 x 22 cm., o.pp.
Snoeck 2010

"Amami-Oshima is an island at the southernmost tip of Japan. At the invitation of a Japanese organization, photographer Cuny Janssen (Nijmegen, 1975) went there in 2007 in order to portray the children, the landscape and wilderness of this subtropical island. During a second stay in 2008, she completed this project. In the exhibition, portraits of children are alternated with images of the island Amami. In her portraits, the uninhibited nature of a gaze and the naturalness of a stance or gesture show us what makes a child a child, regardless of his or her specific origins. Also in her portrayals of landscape, Janssen is not concerned with the topographical highlights but with universal forces in nature. With her photographs she attempts to arrive at that vital essence. Her work is an ode to life itself." (


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