Sylvia de Swaan is a Romanian born photographer who has lived and worked in Mexico, Europe and the United States. She engages in long term exploratory projects that are informed by a range of themes, including transience, loss, individual and collective memory and identity; the state of the world and the region where she lives. She’s interested in the construction of narrative and how meaning is created through juxtaposition and editing.

© Sylvia de Swaan, The New York Times, "Bush Says..." Amtrak to NYC" - 2003

De Swaan has been awarded grants, residencies and fellowships from Art Matters, The Aaron Siskind Foundation, CEC/ArtsLink (X3), Light Work, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art; Austrian Ministry of Culture, Constance Saltonstall Foundation, Anderson Ranch Art Center, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

© Sylvia de Swaan, The Sunday Times, "women in the Military," - Miami, Fl - 2007

Her photographs have been exhibited in the United States and abroad at Art in General, NYC; Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY; “The Art of Caring”, New Orleans Museum of Arts; Cankarjev dom, Ljulbljana, Slovenia: Format Festival 2009, Derby, UK; and In Transition, Cultural Identity in an Age of Transnational Flux, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

© Sylvia de Swaan, Muere Capo, Mexico, D.F, - 2009

Along with her personal practice Sylvia has had a multitude of involvements in the arts – among them, as long-term director of an international studio program; a visiting instructor at the University of Mexico and Hamilton College; independent curator; art consultant and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and others.

She is currently working on a twenty-year retrospective entitled “Intersecting Narratives” to be presented at the Picker Gallery at Colgate University, October 2011.

See Sylvia’s work for 365 Days of Print HERE

To see more of Sylvia’s personal work please visit: http://socialdocumentary.net/exhibit/Sylvia_de_Swaan/1155

 
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Sylvia de Swaan

Sylvia de Swaan is a Romanian born photographer who has lived and worked in Mexico, Europe and the United States. She engages in long term exploratory projects that are informed by themes transience, loss, individual, collective memory and identity, the state of the world and the neighborhood where she lives. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from numerous organizations, among them, Aaron Siskind Foundation, CEC/ArtsLink , Light Work, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art; Austrian Ministry of Culture, Anderson Ranch Art Center, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited internationally.

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