Irminia Lentjes


Irminia Lentjes (1963) has a master's degree in Journalism, worked for 20 years as a researcher for Dutch Television and graduated in 2017 at Fotoacademie Amsterdam. Her work has been shown in exhibitions such as Fotofestival Naarden (solo) and New Dutch Photography Talent 2018. She was shortlisted for Unseen Photo Festival Dummy Award for her book 'Peacocks don’t die', presented at Polycopies during Paris Photo with 'My name Sue, how do you do? ‘, and awarded for The Dark Room Pitch for her ongoing project ‘(not) meant to be’. Her work is always based on a feeling of displacement. It is leading in the approach to her work. This displacement manifests itself in many forms. It’s about loneliness, restlessness, melancholy, a longing for what never has been. It's about freedom, about longing for other worlds. It’s about wonder and admiration. Her focus on displacement comes partly from the fact that she did not grow up with her family. Born in a family of Indonesian repatriates, she was 'one too many’. While her mother flew back to Indonesia, she was brought to Hedel. In this small village in the province of Brabant she grew up as the only child of a childless couple, the only coloured child in the small village. It was not a perfect fit. The work often finds its origin in current events, she is averse to a distant and objectifying attitude towards her subjects.

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