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EXPO | Claire Felicie DISTANT SKY

EXPO | Claire Felicie DISTANT SKY

Distant Sky is the first retrospective exhibition of Claire Felicie. Her oeuvre has always been characterized by loss.

"At an early age I lose my mother. People I am attached to disappear without saying goodbye. It determines my life. The process of loss is the common thread in my work. Loss of loved ones, of illusions and dreams, of innocence and open-mindedness. How do we deal with life-changing, radical events? For me photography is the way to follow the ongoing process of loss and give it meaning."

Due to her experiences in life, Claire Felicie feels st…

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Distant Sky is the first retrospective exhibition of Claire Felicie. Her oeuvre has always been characterized by loss.

"At an early age I lose my mother. People I am attached to disappear without saying goodbye. It determines my life. The process of loss is the common thread in my work. Loss of loved ones, of illusions and dreams, of innocence and open-mindedness. How do we deal with life-changing, radical events? For me photography is the way to follow the ongoing process of loss and give it meaning."

Due to her experiences in life, Claire Felicie feels strongly connected to people who also have lost loved ones. She does not shrink from people who are confronted with death. She looked for marines before, during and after their mission in Afghanistan. That resulted in the impressive series 'Here Are The Young Men' (2009-2010). Then she looked for traumatized soldiers and that is where the series 'Only The Sky Remains Untouched' (2015-2016) comes from. She was highly appreciated for both series. In 2017 and again in 2018 she traveled to Kurdistan to meet Peshmerga women who are fighting for their country. The result is the series 'Daughters of the Sun'.

Nowadays, she works on the series 'Beauty from the Ashes', consisting of dark, blurry portraits of friends. "I want to express that death, symbolized by the dark – the "ashes"- belongs to life. By being aware of your own mortality, you will live more intensely and consciously."

As a contrast, she also shows early work from the series 'In the Forecourt'. By this series she expressed an atmosphere of dreams, illusions, innocence and open-mindedness. She shows pictures of children, her children, who enjoy childhood without worries. A youth that she herself had to miss.

"For me, photography is much more than registration of the moment. For me, it touches life itself. Photography freezes the moment, bringing the process of loss to a halt (for a moment). More than film, photography is therefore the medium that touches infinity."

Claire Felicie (Breda, 1966) is a self-taught photographer. She published several books, amongst others, Here Are The Young Men’ (2013) and ‘Only The Sky Remains Untouched’ (2016). She lives in Amsterdam.

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