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IntroductionNancy Lee – Fragmented Reality
The grid plays a central role in the photo collages of Dutch photographer Nancy Lee. It provides the image space with a clear structure, whilst also serving to fragment the reality being depicted. Visual chaos and optical harmony generate a surprising connection between audience and image. The viewer sees a rhythmic composition of tiny particles of reality brought together in a photographic symphony of urban simultaneity. Her images explore subjects such as traffic, market life, or pedestrians, structuring them according to certain characteristics. People carrying open umbrellas, for example, are transformed into an image of multiple abstract dots, or even raindrops. This cutting apart and re-stitching of reality is done to such an extent that even lorries are deliberately divided into multiple pieces, then floating as dashes of colour through the image space. As with a puzzle, the viewers can try to put the individual pieces together in their heads. More important, however, is the visual rhythm of each picture, through which emerges a unique atmosphere, or a musically inspired theme. Some of the images are like eclectic jazz improvisations, while others float harmonically as classical pieces of music. The abstract-aesthetic rearrangement of reality can be seen as representative of a globalised world. A world in which the homogeneity of the whole appears broken by the diversity of the individual parts, even though these individual parts are often similar or identical.
2000 - 2001 Studied photography at Panamerican Escola des Artes, Sao Paulo, Brasil 2002 – 2004 Studied photography at St. Joost Kunstacademie, Breda, Netherlands Lives in the NetherlandsAwards
2008 NBKS Voorjaar Individual Subsitie 2007 NBKS Voorjaar Individual Subsitie 2006 La Lanka kunstprijs, NominationExhibitions
2012 Solo Exposition Rythem, Galerie Penning, Eindhoven,Netherlands 2008 Grafische Atelier Den Bosch, Netherlands 2005 Stichting Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012 Fotos fever, Kunstbeurs Brussels,Belgium SBK Breda bei Breda Photos 2012, Netherlands Galerie Pennings, Eindhoven, Netherlands 2011 LUX Nijmegen, Netherlands 2010 Affordable Art Fair, Westergas Fabriek Amsterdam, presented by Foto100, Netherlands Arti 10, Den Haag, presented by Galerie Pennings, Eindhoven, Netherlands 2009 Woonsbeurs Rai Amsterdam, Galeire Bart Kunst in Huis, Netherlands City Limits, Galerie 48, Breda, Netherlands Galerie 23, Summer Exposition, Helmond, Netherlands Achemea Kunstcollectie exposition, Zeist, Netherlands 2008 Nederlandse Gasunie, Groningen, Netherlands Aa Kerk, Groningen, Niederlande BartKunstInHuis, Nijmegen, Netherlands 2007 Herry Pennings Estafetteprijs Expositie, Galerie Pennings, Eindhoven, Niederlande Lishui International Photographic Exhibition, China NBKS Salon X exposition, Breda, Netherlands ACF Amsterdam,Netherlands 2006 La Lanka gallery, Friesland, Netherlands Bartkunstinhuis Gallery, Nijmegen, Netherlands Project 073, Het Kruithuis, Den Bosch, Netherlands 2005 “In my 50’s”, SBK Gallery, Osdorp, Amsterdam, Netherlands The future of the Past, National Museum, Jakarta, Indonesien Understanding Independency, Gallery Foto Journalistic Antara, Jakarta, Indonesien Tribute the Lights Fantastic Annual Fine Art Photography Exhibition, Agora Gallery, Soho, New York, USA 2004 Lishui International Photographic Competition Exhibition, China Selected students exhibition, Amsterdam Centrum voor Fotografie, Amsterdam, Netherlands VIPS Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands 2003 10th International Photographic Art Festival, Peking, China Arles Art Festival, France