Ilona Langbroek (1970)
Graduated with honors (May 2019) from the Fotoacademie in Amsterdam and based in Hilversum, The Netherlands.
“Silent Loss” is an ongoing project and is about the family history of Ilona Langbroek: an unprocessed past where loss plays the leading role – the loss of homeland and identity.
It is a poetic series with metaphorical images of memories and fantasies.
The stories of her grandparents from the Dutch East Indies have a contradictory character.
On the one hand they reflect a mythical country with warmth and beauty; on the other hand there is the unprocessed past of the war and the departure from home. The invisible influences from Indonesia seep through several generations. Four centuries of relations between the Netherlands and the former Dutch East Indies have left their mark.
Ilona Langbroek‘s photos exude an atmosphere of nostalgia and sadness, but also of poetry and beauty through which she creates her own story. By using contrast between light and dark, she creates a twilight zone that is a metaphor for remembering and forgetting the past.
2015 – 2019 Fotoacademie, Amsterdam (Graduated with honors)
1996 – 2000 Akademie Vogue, Amsterdam
Nominations & Awards
2019 Selected FRESH EYES, a book presenting the 100 greatest emerging
photographers in Europe
2018 Silver Award ,The Portrait Masters, international award - America
2020 Photo London Digital – Great Britain
2019 Expo FOS, Loods 6, Amsterdam – Netherlands
Fresh Eyes, Tbilisi Photo Festival, slidepresentation - Georgia
Fresh Eyes, Les Rencontres d’Arles, slidepresentation - France
Fresh Eyes, Photo Basel, Volkshaus Basel, slidepresentation - Schwitzerland
2017 Expo Het Oog, Fotoacademie, Amsterdam - Netherlands
Publications & Interviews
2019 Moesson Magazine, cover + interview + portfolio - Netherlands
Shutr Magazine, interview + portfolio - Netherlands
PF Magazine, interview + portfolio - Netherlands
Uncoated, platform Emerging Photo Talent - Germany
Kiekie Tabloid, interview – Netherlands
2019 Podium MH, Museum Hilversum, oral presentation – Netherlands
Photoplaza, Kasteel Woerden, oral presentation – Netherlands