Since 2000 Janssen (b. 1975, NL) has travelled around the world to make portraits of children within their everyday environments, combining these with photographs of the landscape surrounding them. Capturing impulsive moments with a technical camera, makes Janssen's work seem impossible to create. Her photos create a profoundly expressive work about a city, region and their people. Resulting in series as India (2002), Macedonia (2004), Amami (2009), My Grandma was a Turtle (2010), Yoshino (2013) and BLU a series made during her visits to Naples in 2012 and 2013.
For her new series it’s the first time that Janssen worked in and around her own city, Amsterdam. We see portraits of children out of their daily situation, having new experiences while playing. Janssen is interested in these children’s experiences and specifically by what she calls its imprints that have a “Proustian” impact on their lives forever. The poetry of these moments are reflected in her photographs. Each child looks at us with an impressive and a specific gaze and we would almost forget that they are children. During Unseen 2017 Janssen will launch her new book ‘There was a Child went Forth’, published by Snoeck Verlag.
Janssen had solo exhibitions at the Photographers’ Gallery, London (2005), Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam (2010), De Pont Museum, Tilburg (2010), SK Stiftung, Cologne (2011) and the Kunstverein Heilbronn (2012), Love your Darlings (2015) andriesse eyck galerie, Amsterdam.