Dana Lixenberg : Imperial Courts, 1993–2015-Dana Lixenberg’s life’s work – a long-term project without parallel
-Residents of the ‘projects’ portrayed in all their human dignity
-The controversy surrounding the deaths of Eric Garner (2014), Michael Brown (2014), Freddie Gray (2015) and others has pushed the United States’ race relations problems back into the spotlight, making this project more relevant than ever
“After twenty-two years I have reached a point where I just can’t imagine not being here, not having Imperial Courts in my life, not knowing the people I’ve met here over the years,” says Dana Lixenberg (Amsterdam, 1964) of the project she began in 1993 and which, after more than two decades, has lost none of its impact. Imperial Courts is a housing project in Watts, a district of Los Angel...
Dana Lixenberg - Set Amsterdam
In Set Amsterdam, Dana Lixenberg portrays the city in a series of landscapes and interiors. These photographs depict Amsterdam as a kind of film set, fashioned by its current and former residents. The absence of people in the images turns the viewer's gaze to the space itself and to the myriad details which define these environments. In Set Amsterdam only traces of human activity hint at inhabitants and at lives fully lived.
Lixenberg was inspired to create these photographs after being commissioned to create actors' portraits for the eight-part television series A'dam - E.v.a. (Amsterdam and many others). This series, written by Robert Alberdingk Thijm and directed by Norbert ter Hall, broadcast from 6 March 2011 on Dutch television, examines individual lives in the city of Amsterdam. Her work on the ...