The works of Margaret Lansink (*1961, NL) have been awarded the Grand Prize of Hariban Award 2019, and have been shortlisted for Gomma Grant 2018. In 2018 her work was shortlisted for Fotofilmic18 and Athens Photofestival and was part of Reclaim Photography Festival in Wolverhampton UK. Lansink participates in exhibitions, residencies and competitions in Holland and abroad. Her work has been shown in LA, Paris, Antwerp, New York, Tokyo, Kyoto, Tbilisi, Vancouver, Amsterdam etc. In 2016 she has been rewarded with an AIR with the Kaunas Gallery in Lithuania and in 2017 with Shiro Oni Studio in Japan; both for her on-going project The Kindness of One. In 2019 she has been rewarded with an AIR at Benrido Atelier Kyoto for winning the Hariban Award 2019 with her series Borders of Nothingness - On the Mend. Margaret Lansink has published eight books (4 of them handmade by herself). ‘The Kindness of One’ has been awarded with Best Dutch Book Designs 2019 and is part of the collection of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Bookstore. Her books ‘Borders of Nothingness - On the Mend’ as well as ‘The Kindness on One’ are part of the collection of Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Margaret is member of FemmesPHOTOgraphes Paris.
Lansink’s work is created around a strong signature of aesthetic, poetic and slightly minimalistic images yet all able to convey a powerful emotional message. This is substantiated by her usage of intuitive photography, creating imagery that presents an open and honest reflection of her emotions, doubts, reflections or struggles in life. Shot as ‘self-portraits’ in the broadest sense of the concept, they reveal her inner emotions at a certain time, space and interaction. With this uniquely recognisable style, her approachable images gently invite the viewer to embark on a journey through his/her own intricate web of memories, emotions, expectations, fears and/or desires. In this way her images build an overflow from the physical to the metaphorical and vice versa.