‘You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true’

Ioana is a visual artist and an independent curator living and working in The Netherlands. She has been exposed to art and culture early in life, enrolling at a young age in a special school where everybody was either playing an instrument or was taking art classes, preparing the students for a career in the Arts. Nevertheless she chose to become a scientist. She started to photograph in her twenties and developed an own view on the world

In a recent interview she stated ‘I want to emphasize how enormously blessed I feel to have photography in my life. I have to admit that I feel a strong alter ego in my art, on one hand aiming to raise awareness around the questionable belief of having achieved a high level of civilization in the Western world compared to the old cultures and to promote more humbleness and less superficiality. Other ongoing projects aim to touch upon speciesism and the way we humans have reduced other beings to being our slaves instead of living in harmony with each other, since there is no superiority of Humankind in my opinion. Along with that I love working with portraiture and fine art, still lives with a twist and from time to time with experimental photography’

The long-term activist series are in development and will most probably continue as an extensive photographic research meant to be her graduation project at the Photo Academy of Amsterdam. She is also fascinated by the Dutch Old Masters and early 20th century art movements, mostly using natural light in a studio which is not far from the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam, with the same light incidence and the rich northern light as the Dutch Master’s atelier…

Alongside her photography practice she is also an independent curator, combining the experience from different curatorial projects over the past years and the organizational skills that she developed during an international career in a non-artistic field. She is currently involved in an International Curatorial Master Program, aiming to finetune her skills and vision on a progressive way of curating photography and connecting the dots between art and the strong message that the visual material can convey