Dana Lixenberg (born in Amsterdam, 1964) lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. She studied photography at the London College of Printing (1984–1986) and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (1987–1989). In 1993 she was awarded a project grant by the Fonds BKVB (The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture) for a series of portraits at the Imperial Courts Housing Project in Watts, Los Angeles. She soon received commissions from a wide variety of magazines such as the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Vrij Nederland and Vibe, among many others. Many of these collaborations continue to this date. All the while, Lixenberg continues working on long-term personal projects, mostly focused on individuals and communities on the margins of society. Current projects include a followup to the Imperial Courts series of 1993, which will culminate in a book and exhibition, and a portrait of life in Amsterdam composed solely of unpopulated still lifes, interiors and exteriors, now showing at FOAM museum, Amsterdam till May 29th. 2011. Lixenberg has been the recipient of several project and publication grants in the Netherlands. In 2001, her first book, united states, was published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Kunsthal, Rotterdam. Other solo museum exhibitions include The Last Days of Shishmaref at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam in 2008 and Jeffersonville, Indiana at De Hallen, Haarlem, the Netherlands in 2005. Her publications Jeffersonville, Indiana and The Last Days of Shishmaref were awarded Best Dutch Book Design in 2005 and 2008 respectively.
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