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Documentary Photography and Video

Curaçao, an island of its own


The writer Frank Marinus Arion has best described the purpose of these photographs in his foreword to the book: “The sole criterion that the artist appears to have employed is the impression that the behaviors she photographed have made on her. She seems to have hoped that her original impressions would communicate themselves naturally to her public.

In these pictures I often gained impressions that ‘did something’ for me and imbued a kind of familiarity with the environment in which these originated. Here I can enjoy them all the more because I know the background so well. And so much so because Ariëns often reinforces my own impressions: various aspects which I have always considered unique are also seen as such by her”.

The photographs were published by Waanders and the exhibition was during the Fotofestival Naarden in 2001.