Judith Quax



My photography is driven by a fascination for the concept of identity and how identity is constantly evolving. How do people adapt to a nomadic and transnational life? How do they relate to their changing environment? How do they deal with the tension between the memory of the homeland and the reality of the new life in another country?



Judith Quax
Photographer & Visual Artist
Amsterdam & Dakar 

2005 Photo Academy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1998 Communications (specialisation ‘culture and identity’), University of Nijmegen (NL)
1998 Cultural Sociology, University of Amsterdam (NL)

2023 Rites des Passages ~ Prologue, OH Galery, Dakar, Senegal (December 2023)
2022 Djiguene Diambaar, Dakar Biennale, Senegal
2022 Voyage à Dakar, De Balie Amsterdam
2021 TOUKI – Voyage à Dakar, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
2021 Voyage à Dakar, Amsterdam Museum
2021 Voyage à Dakar, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam
2019 Voyage à Dakar, (solo) Regards sur Cours, Dakar, Senegal
2018 Voyage à Dakar, Photoville, New York
2017 Soil in my Pocket, (solo) installation icw Ellert Haitjema, EYE Filminstitute, Amsterdam
2016 There’s something about my family, Fotodok, Utrecht (NL)
2015 Presence in Absence, Cape Town photo biennale, South Africa
2014 Points of Departure, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University, UK
2014 Presence in Absence, (solo) Dakar Biennale, Senegal
2013 When you don’t exist, Lampedusa Filmfestival, Italy
2013 Presence in Absence, (solo) CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam
2012 Absence, Raw Material Company / Koyo Kouoh, Dakar, Senegal
2012 Fela Kuti’s legacy, LagosPhoto festival, Lagos, Nigeria
2012 Immigration Clandestine, Dak’art Biennale, French institute, Senegal
2011 Immigration Clandestine, LagosPhoto festival, Lagos, Nigeria
2011 Ndeupe, African Studies Centre, Leiden (NL)
2010 Ndeupe, Noorderlicht Photofestival, (main exhibition), Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (NL)

Publications & Nominations
2021 TOUKI – Voyage à Dakar selected for Best Dutch Book Designs 
2020 TOUKI – Voyage à Dakar, book publication, by Lecturis
2014 Presence in Absence, book publication, by Lecturis
2013 Presence in Absence, nomination Dutch Doc Award
2012 Absence, interview with Koyo Kouoh in Africultures Blog
2012 Felabration, GUP Magazine (NL)
2011 Clothing, in Südlink magazine (Germany)
2011 Islam in Senegal, publication by Africa Study Centre, Leiden
2010 Immigration Clandestine, in NKA Journal for Contemporary African Art #25,
by Salah M. Hassan / Okwui Enwezor (a.o.)

Grants & Projects
2020 Mondriaan Fund: book publication grant for TOUKI – Voyage à Dakar
2020 Stichting Stokroos, project grant for Voyage à Dakar
2019 Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK): artistic development grant
2018 Mondriaan Fund: project grant for Voyage à Dakar at Photoville New York
2016-2019 Mondriaan Fund: Stipendium Program for Established Artists
2016 Stichting Stokroos, project grant for Schaduwbeelden icw Ellert Haitjema
2015 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds: project grant Voyage à Dakar
2015 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds: project grant Schaduwbeelden
2014 Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK): artistic development grant
2014 Dutch Embassy in Dakar, Presence in Absence
2013 Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK): interventions in the public space
2013 Sem Presser Archive: interventions in the public space (a.o.)