Judith Quax

~ visual artist


My work 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?

Since 2006, I research and photograph migration from West Africa to Europe. My book Presence in Absence, is a poetic visual essay on migration, with a text essay by curator Salah M. Hassan:

“What distinguishes Quax’s photo-based series (…) is the intimacy she brings to her representation of the condition of this “temporary permanency.” Moreover, her focus on photographing the unseen becomes a mode of work in which the visible minimalism of her images speaks volumes about the horror of the invisible. It is the kind of work where the subject’s invisibility becomes a metaphor for its presence.”