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Bianca Kahn

Aram Tanis was born in Seoul, but spent his formative years in The Netherlands, where he lived in a predominantly white neighborhood and attended schools that lacked diversity. As a person of Asian descent, he stood out among his parents, relatives, peers, and the media figures he observed. During his adolescence, he actively sought individuals who shared his identity but was disappointed to find a dearth of role models. Consequently, he has always been acutely aware of his distinctiveness.

As a result of his experiences, Aram Tanis' photographic work centers around themes of “Isolation” and “Anonymity”. By capturing urban landscapes, people, animals, and mundane objects, he aims to depict the impersonal nature of contemporary urban surroundings and the feeling of detachment experienced by its inhabitants.


With In The Shadow We Bloom, created in South Korea, Tanis endeavors to establish an identity by portraying a sense of alienation. In his quest for "belonging to", he meticulously dissects the city, striving to comprehend every aspect of it. His photographs deliberately capture the disparity between beauty and crudeness, richness and poverty, and tradition and modernity. They are not only a reflection of his own indeterminacy, but also of the cities themselves.

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