Wendelien Daan (Eindhoven 1965) studied Fashion Design at ARTEZ-school of the Arts Arnhem (1983 - 1988).
She is based in Amsterdam.
The work of Wendelien Daan takes you into a world in which people and everyday objects can sometimes take peculiar form. A detachment can be felt, which at once captivates and makes one feel uneasy. It is the world in which seemingly familiar and everyday elements can sometimes evoke a feeling of alarm. The women in the photographs are all attractive, yet in one way or another they do not seem to want to present themselves to you as women of flesh and blood. They are very surreal. They seem to be continuously trying to withdraw from our world. This feeling is perhaps even reinforced by a certain kind of imperfection. Daan shows herself to be inspired by the interplay between light and darkness, since it is in the shadows that a multitude of exiting things can happen. However, Daan never pushes us towards a particular meaning, nor does she point out a 'truth'. We are allowed to make our own associations when looking at the visual 'keys' that she hands to us. It is the combination of all these elements, the love of storytelling, the quest for scope for the imagination and the absurd in combination with a clear visual language - recognized internationally as Durch - that makes the world of Wendelien Dann so personal.
Haprer's Bazaar Netherlands / Russia / Arabia, Vogue Paris / Nippon /Russia / Netherlands, Mirror Mirror, Financial Times Italy, Elle Netherlands, Linda, Fucking Young, Marie-Claire USA / Netherlands, Oyster, Surface, Wallpaper, Dutch, Jalouse, VIsionaire, V-man, Italian Amica, The Face, i-D, Citizen K
Hunkemöller, JoNoFui, Jupe by Jackie, Bugaboo / Diesel, Nike, Catherine Malandrino, Christofle, Missoni, Mauboussin, HEMA, DFF, Bijenkorf, Nationaal Ballet, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Mattijs van Bergen, Opportuno
2015 'Photo To Fashion' Nederlands Foto Museum, Rotterdam
2015 'Everything but Clothes' Museum Arnhem
2011 'Madreterr' Galleria del Cortile, Rome
2007 'Stil' Arnhem Fashion Biennale, CBKG, Arnhem
2007 'Dutch Fantasy' Institut Neerlandais, Paris
2007 'Emotion' Naarden Fotofestival, Naarden
2005 'All Dressed Up' Art Space Witzenhausen, Amsterdam
2005 'ZOOM; eyes on Dutch Fashion' Musee Galliera, Paris
2004 'Glossy' Musee de la Mode, Marseille
2004 'Beauty of Darkness' Reflex Modern Art Gallery, Amsterdam
2004 'Snippets' Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem
2002 'Fashion Photography Now' Span Galleries, Melbourne
2001 'Dutch Touch' Gallery il Cortile, Rome