Sylvia de Swaan

Sylvia de Swaan

Central New York, NY, United States

About Sylvia de Swaan

I'm a Romanian born photographer who immigrated to the United States at age ten. I have lived and worked in Mexico Europe and the United States.

My photographs are about a range of themes that include personal history, individual and collective memory and identity, the state of the world and the neighborhood where I live. Im interested in the construction of narrative and how meaning is created through juxtaposition and editing.

My work has been exhibited and published in the United States, Mexico, Holland, Germany, UK, Russia, Romania and Slovenia


2013 Project Support Grant, Society for Photographic Education
94/00/06New York Foundation for the Arts photography fellowship2005Kirkland Endowment, Hamilton College, Project grant2001Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO., Visiting Artist2000Knstlerhaus, Austrian Ministry of Culture, Vienna, Austria, residency1999Bemis Center for Contemporary Art , Omaha, NE, residencyAaron Siskind Foundation, fellowship93/95 /99 Arts Link - project /travel grant 1995Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA, residency1990/94Light Work , Syracuse, NY, ResidencyArt Matters Inc. - fellowshipSELECTED EXHIBITIONS2008 In Transition, Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow and Ekaterinburg, Russia2007 Signs of Life, Cazenovia College, Cazenoiva, NY2005 Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, one person CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, one person2004Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI, Sites of Memory and Honor, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Holland, Un-staged, , curated by Charlie Citron, Periferic Biennal , Iasi, Romania , curated by Stephanie Benzaquen, 2000Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH Women in Documentary Photography, 1999 Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NEHouston Center for Photography Remembrance: The Eternal Past, curator, Jean Caslin, 1998Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C, .Developing Illusions, Philip Brookman, 1998The Clement Gallery, U. of Toledo, Toledo, OH., one person1996Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute. Utica, NY, one personCankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia, one person1995Art in General, New York City, three photographers SELECTED PRINTShots 98, December 2007Private 32, Italy, Spring 2006Exit, Madrid, Spain, Issue 19, Fall 2005B&W Magazine, Vol 7, issue 38, August, 2005Photography 8th Edition, London, Stone, Upton, Prentice-Hall, NJ 2004Tools of Her Ministry: The Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan, Folk Art Museum, NYC Camera Austria, Graz, Austria, Issues #74, May 2001Fotografija, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Fall 1999 ,


Future Shows:


2011 -Transcultural Identities, curated by Cynthi Farnell, Georgia State University, Atlanta , GA
- Intersecting Narratives, Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
2009 - In Transition: Cultural Identity in an age of Transnational Flux Centers for Contemporary Art, Moscow and Yekaterinburg