Sylvia DeSwaan – Photography
Sylvia DeSwaan was born in Czernovitz, a city with a turbulent history over the centuries and a vast population of Germans and Jews. At the time when she was born the city was under the rule of the Kingdom of Romania, which was allied with Nazi Germany and cooperated with the deportation of the Jewish population. Sylvia and her family managed to escape. The city fell to the Ukraine after the war and all Germans were forcefully repatriated to Germany, which lay in ruins.
Sylvia spent many years as a child in refugee camps, which shaped her early views and the subjects she captures with her camera today. Replacement, transition, being corralled, traveling on endless train rides, Antonovs, trucks, over and over again – faded memories of old families and photos from happier days, all act as the dominant themes of Sylvia’s photographic work.
After many years living in Mexico, to which a part of the body of her work refers, she put down roots in Utica, but she continues restlessly to travel back to Mexico, Europe, Ukraine, Bukovina, and to Romania, looking for traces of the past and photographing places, objects, situations and people that resonate with her memories.
Sylvia DeSwaan has shown her work in Galleries and Museums all over the globe and was featured in numerous Photo Magazines.
The Other Side is happy to show Sylva DeSwaan’s work at our Gallery as a retrospective and celebration of her 80th birthday.
Director of the Art Program
The Other Side