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Self portrait Daantje Bons 2018
Irreverent. Pretty. Uncomfortable. Cute. Raw. Sexual. Clever. Girly. Powerful. Intimate.
So many of the terms that can be used to describe the work of Daantje Bons seem contradictory, but make total sense when you see her images.
The playful subversiveness and pleasing aesthetics of Daantje Bons’ fine art photography draw the eye, but the inherent contradictions make these images resonate and linger in the mind. Their conceptual strength are no doubt a result of her extensive technical training, first at the SISA art academy in Antwerp and later at the prestigious AKV-St Joost art academy in Breda. Her work is contemporary feminist, in the sense that she reimagines femininity on her own terms, with humor and a sense of provocation.
The world has taken notice. Bons was selected as a “New Dutch Photography Talent 2016” (initiated by GUP Magazine) alongside a publication in the “NEW 2016” book and a group exhibition at the 5 & 33 gallery in Amsterdam. Other recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition with the series “Gender Playground” at Gallery Nizhny Tagil, Russia (2017), a group exhibition “Power Mouth” in collaboration with Refinery29 and Make-up brand NARS at Protein Studio in London (2017), and the group exhibition “Nasty Woman” in The Black and White Building in London (2017).
Her work is prominently featured in Holland’s largest newspapers De Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad. Internationally, her work has been published in outlets such as “The Huffington Post”, “IGNANT”, “I-D Magazine”, VOGUE ITALIA, Kurier, FRAME Magazine and “Refinery29”.
Daantje Bons’ images are like an angry middle finger in the middle of a field of daisies and buttercups. They are what would happen if one of art history’s countless classic nude female forms got behind the camera herself, and turned out to be just as clever an artist. They are a delightful new vision of what can happen when women become their own muse.
Another passion of Daantje is to collaborate with like-minded magazines, brands, journalists, companies and organizations.
Working together with different disciplines make a great way of creating unique views. Therefore Daantje will be very happy to get in touch with you or your company to inspire some more!
Daantje Bons is located in The Netherlands but is always available to travel
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