Patta Q&A: DANA LIXENBERG

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We had a short chat with our friend and collaborator Dana Lixenberg to get up to speed about her work and daily activities.

Who are you, and where are you from?
Dana Lixenberg, born and raised in Amsterdam

What keeps you occupied on a daily basis?
Family, friends, endlessly observing life around me... Photography... Trying to get through the day in one piece, hopefully a little wiser at the end of each day.

What promted you to collaborate with Patta on the signature shirt project?
Guillaume brought the idea to me a couple of years ago. I like what Patta does and was charmed by the idea of seeing my work used in a different context.

What was your first photo camera and what do you currently shoot with?
First camera: A Nikon FM 2. Since 1993 I shoot all my work with the same large format field camera, a Wista with a standard 150mm lens.

What is is your favourite graphic at the moment and why? (art,
photography, videos)

I've been living in a bit of a cocoon the past 8 months while preparing my book and show (Imperial Courts, 1993-2015) so I've been a bit out of touch with what's going on, but I loved catching the Antonioni exhibition at EYE and seeing L'Eclisse again. Antonioni's films are a big inspiration to me.

Which music artists are you currently listening to and would you
recommend others?

While working on my book and show I've been obsessively listening to old-school hip-hop, the music that marked the first period I spent in imperial Courts: Dr. Dre, Too $hort, The Notorious B.I.G., Lady of Rage, Geto Boys, etc. Recently I discovered Reinbert de Leeuw's delicately slow version of Satie. Perfect for a quiet moment...

What is your favourite travel destination?
Where I haven't been yet, anywhere, though at this moment I'm inclined to say Imperial Courts, Los Angeles!

Why do you choose to capture the vulnerability of humans?
Vulnerability is synonymous with the human condition. It's what binds us all together. Hard to avoid when making portraits.

Is shooting celebrities different for you than shooting say, a
homeless family in Indiana?

The conditions are certainly different but the way I look at a person and what I project on a person is the same across the spectrum. But of course there is a difference in a sense of relevance, urgency. I feel compelled photographing homeless people in Jeffersonville, Indiana (which I did over seven years) whereas celebrities have presented themselves to me through assignments. I never pursued celebrities, but I've certainly enjoyed meeting the many cultural icons I've had a chance to meet over the years.

You can check out Dana's amazing "Imperial Courts, 1993-2015" Exhibition at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam until March 6, 2016. Our collaboration with Dana is available for purchase HERE.

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