Annaleen Louwes' (1959) keen interest in the ways in which
people survive in different circumstances and the impact that has
on body-language is shown in several photographic series. Louwes
investigates how she can approach her models in an observant but at
the same time personal way. This approach is demonstrated in her
Studies of Ko Moreau (2002) and her series of Rob
K.(2005/2007), both residents of Louwes's neighbourhood.
She followed both men with her camera for over a year, frequently
asking them to pose for her in her studio. Thanks to their
prolongued contact she was able to explore a wide range of
possibilities with regard to lighting, gesture, distance, colour
and black and white.In this series Louwes concentrated on a single
individual. In 2003 Louwes was an artist-in-residence at the
psychiatric hospital on the site of the Willem Arntzhoeve in Den
Dolder. During her stay there she photographed a group of ten
people at regular intervals. The resulting pictures, The Fifth
Season (2003) do not constitute a documentary but are rather a
series of images that give a picture of the specific world in
which they live. Jaap S. (2007) shows us photogrpahs of a
adolescent enclosed in his own environment.
Spring 2008 Annaleen Louwes was artist-in-residence in Albania.
There she entered the world of the women-prison Ali Demi in Tirana.
At the end period she made an exhibition (Burgu #325) and
organized the occasion for the women to be free for 2 hours and to
visit the show at the modern art Galeria Zeta.
Annaleen Louwes lives and works in Amsterdam.