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Imperial Courts, 1993-2015 (Selection)

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Dana Lixenberg has the ability to capture her subjects in profound moments of temporal being; in doing so, she engages in analytical scrutiny without imposing judgement. The artist’s subtle and sophisticated feel for color and her sensitivity for capturing the finest indications and details of human expression are striking in each of her portraits. This is evidenced in her extensive project Imperial Courts, 1993-2015, which tracks the changing shape of a small, underserved community in Watts, Los Angeles, through a combination of video, a web documentary, audio recordings, and a series of 393 black and white photographs made with a large format camera. Jeffersonville, Indiana (2005) shows a collection of landscapes and portraits of the small town’s homeless population, and The Last Days of Shishmaref (2008) documents an Inupiaq community on an eroding island of the coast of Alaska. Furthermore, she has had an extensive editorial practice working for publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vibe and Newsweek. The power of her work arises in the intimacy and the absence of social stereotyping.

Dana Lixenberg (1964, Amsterdam, NL) is a Dutch artist living and working in Amsterdam (NL) and New York (US). She studied photography at the London College of Printing from 1984 to 1986, and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam from 1987 until 1989. The series Imperial Courts 1993–2015, her most extensive body of work to date, was awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize in 2017.
Lixenberg has exhibited at Fotohof, Salzburg (AT); Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam (NL); Danziger Gallery, New York, NY (US); Het HEM, Zaandam (NL); TENT, Rotterdam (NL); Mai Manó Ház, Budapest (HU); Belfast Exposed, Belfast (UK); Aperture Foundation, New York, NY (US); Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (NL); Centre Photographique, Rouen (FR); MMK, Frankfurt (DE); The Photographers’ Gallery, London (UK); Busan Biennale (KR); Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (NL); De Kunsthal, Rotterdam (NL); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL); FOAM, Amsterdam (NL); Frans Halsmuseum De Hallen, Haarlem (NL); and LACP, Los Angeles, CA (US) among others.

Lixenberg’s video installation Imperial Courts (2015) is currently on view at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL).

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Imperial Courts 1993-2015 at Fotohof Salzburg

FOTOHOF is showing the groundbreaking work Imperial Courts, 1993−2015 by Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg, its first such presentation in Austria. The project, featuring …


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Artist: Dana Lixenberg Authors: Rob Kenner and Kevin Powell Publisher: Patta, Amsterdam and Roma Publications, Amsterdam Concept: Linda van Deursen, Dana Lixenberg, Marietta de Vries Design: Mevis & van Deursen ISBN: 9789492811325

Imperial Courts

Imperial Courts tracks the changing shape of a small, inner-city community from South Central Los Angeles through a combination of video, a web documentary, audio recordings, and a series of 393 black and white photographs made with …

Dana Lixenberg – Set Amsterdam

Artist: Dana Lixenberg Year: 2011 Publisher: Roma Publications, Amsterdam (NL) Author: Jurriaan Benschop Design: Roger Willems Paperback: 72 pages Size: 24 x 24 cm ISBN: 9789077459591

The Last Days of Shishmaref – Dana Lixenberg

Artist: Dana Lixenberg Year: 2009 Publisher: Episode Publishers; First Edition edition Author: Dana Lixenberg Design: Mevis & Van Deursen Paperback: 208 pages Size: 23 x 17 cm ISBN: 9789059731103

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Artist: Dana Lixenberg Year: 2001 Publisher: Artimo Author: George Pitts Design: Mevis & Van Deursen Hardcover: 90 pages Size: 30 x 22.5 cm ISBN: 9789075380354