Escape Beyond ( 2015, ongoing ) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
I´m going out but I´m taking you with me, this is not going to be a walk, this is going to be an escape beyond. You will make your magic, I only have to follow you, you will bring me to places that look normal, you will make me stop at a certain spot: "I don´t know why I´m stoping here, I don´t know what´s the point". Then I will look, and look, there is something strange, nature starts to talk to me, everything starts to change around, there is something beneath that surface, and that one, and that one.
Now I´m here with you, and so the door starts to open, the trees become people, and the birds become feelings, and the sky is speaking very loud. The people around me draw strange figures together, the figures speak about their bonds, and about mine. Their faces disappear and they become characters of dreams, I see a thousand stories from my dreams now being told in front of my eyes, now they are not dreams anymore. The secrets of my soul are being revealed, my fears, and my scars, everything is out. I only have to follow you, and obediently click when you ask me too.
Ana Santana __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Is a fine-art photographer originally from Spain. She is based in Amsterdam (NL) since 2005 where she finished her MSc in Psychology Research at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, in her final thesis she compared the expression and experience of Anger across cultures. She has continued working and living cross-culturally ever since. Her photographs tell the story of her own life, but she takes them in the void between her and the other, this void is the place where she escapes. In there she feels connected with everything and everyone, and spacetime somehow disappears.
In 2016 Ana was selected as one of the best Dutch emerging photographers by Gup magazine and featured in the book NEW 2016 which is available in museums and bookstores worldwide.
In 2019 Ana´s work is being featured in the book FRESH EYES - New European Photography which was launched this last summer, first at the art fair PhotoBasel and later at the festival Voies Off - Arles.
Upcoming : Rotterdam Photo - February 2020