Margaret Lansink

Margaret Lansink (b. 1961, West Graftdijk, NL) is a fine art photographer who graduated from the PhotoAcademy Amsterdam in 2012. She studied at LeMasterclass Paris in 2016 and participated at the Masterclass of Smedsby Atelier, also in Paris, in 2019. The works of Lansink have been awarded the Hariban Award 2019 and Head On 2020. Lansink participates in group exhibitions, residencies and competitions in the Netherlands and abroad. Her work has been shown in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden, Den Helder, Antwerp, Arles, UK, New York, Vancouver, Japan, Tbilisi, Kaunas and Barcelona. In 2016 she has been rewarded with an AIR with the Kaunas Gallery in Lithuania (November 2016) and with Shiro Oni Studio in Japan (August 2017); both for her project The Kindness of One (Best Dutch Book Designs 2019).

Margaret Lansink uses photography to bridge the personal and universal. Who we are is often determined by our social environment and (family) history. How we build our self-esteem, often determines how we look to the outside world and how we react to the other. In her work, Lansink explores these relationships. The way she photographs is purely intuitive; her images present an open and honest reflection of her own inner emotions at a certain time, space and interaction. Shot as self-portraits in the broadest sense of the word.

With this intuitive way of photography, she invites the spectator to embark on a journey through their own intricate web of memories, emotions, expectations, fears and desires. Margaret uses analogue cameras to capture the different atmospheres of her inner emotions. Giving the images the freedom to act as an overflow from reality to dream and vice versa. More and more she experiments with her images, with paint, gold leaf, charcoal as well as with liquid light in the darkroom.

Concept of Ma is a series made at the Lake Kussharo – home grounds for the Ainu people, an indigenous tribe of Japan. Moved by the naked beauty of the local landscape, the photographer connected to the natively Japanese concept of ‘Ma’. ‘Ma’ is commonly described as a pause in time, an interval or emptiness in space. In this series of images of still Japanese nature, Lansink explores if a pause entails emptiness or if space holds a promise of growth.

body maps is a visual interpretation of the ambivalence between hiding, accepting, and fighting the stereotypes around women’s age. This series is showing compassion for women in their later stages of life. When aging and the visible traces of life are evident. In this series, Lansink interconnects these very feminine images with a close-up of traces from Mother Nature where human intervention has left a deep impact. Contemplating if we better not intervene with these natural processes of aging but instead show respect and embrace its outcome.

Borders of Nothingness – On the Mend is Lansink’s award-winning series, an ode to the resilience of the human connection. It is about bridging the old with the new and, on a personal note, about the revival of the intimate mother-daughter relationship. Margaret Lansink dwells in the transitional ambiguity of her adult daughter’s decision to suspend contact with her, photographing landscapes and nude women. She ripped the images apart and rearranged them in collages of new memories. These collages she reworked with gold leaf following the philosophy of Kintsugi, a Japanese art form in which broken ceramic pieces are reconnected together with the use of gold. Not to hide the ‘scars’, but to symbolize the power of healing.

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