is a research-based photographer from The Hague working on 'framing the climate' with Museon Den Haag supported by Subsidieregeling Makers Den Haag,working on 'Blauwdruk', with support of MIAP and Mondriaan fonds.
In the Mien Ruys gardens (Dedemsvaart, April 1 - October 31, 2022), Louisiana is taking over the 'Wiekend'-space an exhibition and meeting space to iconize Dutch biodiversity and highlight on the hand its decline but on the other hand it's outstanding beauty. Whilst showing The Butterfly Defect, a photographic project on the disappearance of the Alcon Blue butterfly, she also organizes cyanotype workshops using local flowers and plants from the Mien Ruys garden. Part of the exhibition is a special new work in collaboration with Jan Dirk Adams on the celebration of flowers in the form of a table and series of prints.> Click on photo to continue
At the Future of Nature exhibition at Wageningen University all participants of the Future of Nature collectives are combined in a group show. This collective was formed by MIAP and active over a period of two years. At the exhibition Louisiana's project The Butterfly Defect is shown.
Collaborative project with Museon, The Hague
Climate change, a problem often too big to understand, but quite real. How can we make a subject like this tangible? Climate change affects more than we might think. Objects filled with stories from the archives of the Museon will function as a conversation starter to talk about climate change. From masks of the Inuits from Greenland, a culture that has to shift all their habits and tradition because of the sea level rising, to dead coral of affected areas in the sea by global warming. All have a story to tell. And although a simple object might seem dusty and dull, we'll bring back the magic and richness these objects deserve.> Click on photo to continue
During the Beeld & Beleving festival (Bergeijk, August 1 - Sept 1, 2021), I have taken over the Diamond Greenhouse at the local Mien Ruys garden as an exhibition and meeting space to iconize biodiversity and highlight its decline in the Netherlands for the past years. Whilst showing The Butterfly Defect, a photographic project on the disappearance of the Alcon Blue butterfly, in the greenhouse I have organized cyanotype workshops using local flowers and plants from the Mien Ruys garden. > Click on photo to continue
Easy to overlook, due to it’s size, but whenever you see them, pressed in your memory due to it’s magical blue color. Zigzagging they leave a trace in front of you, before quickly disappearing. The Alcon Blue. 30 years ago all the wet moors in the Netherlands were covered with them. A beautiful sight and with that an icon for our biodiversity. Slowly, the Alcon Blue is turning into a forgotten icon, disappearing from our collective memory. With this project, I'm trying to recreate an image of this very special butterfly and bring it back in order to understand the preciousness of our biodiversity in times of the continuing upswing of climate change.> Click on photo to continue
With the support of MIAP Foundation, I got to be one of the artists from the 'Future of Nature' collective. On the occasion, this video is part of a series of artist portraits made by MIAP Foundation. I'll take you along a day of working on my project The Butterfly Defect, and show you the beginning of this poetic campaign.
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During Queensday 2021 a Queensday fleamarket was organized at Hgtomi Rosa. Participating artists were asked to design a blanket the way they like. This could contain artworks or objects from home, referring to the functions of Queensday (now Kingsday) as a sales fleamarket. My contribution focussed on collected objects from nature that I hold close.
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Lecture night by ZEFIR7 at Stroom Den Haag
Lecture night focusses on women artists working with themes related to science. How does the world of science overlap with the world of arts? And how do you use your inspirations and transfer them in books? Together with Marijn van der Leeuw and Suzette Bousema, Louisiana talks about her proces and discoveries and gives you insight into her work.
In the video 'Here we weigh more, there we jump higher', I am investigating the difference in gravity throughout the Netherlands. Being inspired by the Bouguer gravity anomaly, I put signs on the locations in the Netherlands with an abnormal amount of gravity. The signs stay here until the gravity changes again. In collaboration with the TNO I am continuing this project.> Click on photo to continue
In the project 'Here we weigh more, there we jump higher', I am investigating the flexibility of a constant force; gravity. Of the four fundamental forces of nature, gravity is the one we're most intimate, yet least understood. Being inspired by the fluidity of the force I created an installation in which I research both the actual differences in the percentage of gravity in The Netherlands, and imagine what a world with fluid forces could look like. > Click on photo to continue
collaboration: Lighthouse Texel/Birdwatch DelftThe arctic tern is the organism that travels the biggest distance of all each year. In his whole life this is just as much as three times up and down to the moon. This bird is a symbol for its ultimate connection with the earth. How fascinating is it, that they navigate by the use of the earth's magnetic field, the position of the sun and the location of the stars. We as humans used to navigate by nature, but now are replacing it by new technological methods like the TomTom or Maps. By becoming more dependent on technology and less on nature, the world seems to become more disenchanted. Can we go back to how we used to navigate in the same way as this bird, in a time where we are being lead by technology? What is it like to rediscover this connection by investigating the mind of the arctic tern? > Click on photo to continue
Measuring has been a method used that goes way back in history. It's how humankind tries to make sense of the grotesqueness of nature. We objectify nature, so we can measure it, test it and study it. With the ultimate goal of unravelling its secrets. By investigating nature like the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt, I am questioning the measurement system used in the always changing landscape.> Click on photo to continue
For the past few years, multiple space organizations have been working on the question if life could have been created by a meteorite impact. Therefore, scientists are busy unravelling the formula of creating life. With me, one big question arose: Did we fall from the sky? > Click on photo to continue
In 1967 the Sir Isaac Newton telescope was build in the former Royal Observatory in Herstmonceux, East Sussex. Due to a lack of light and ability to see the stars, the telescope was removed in 1990. The ones still there are astronomy hobbyists. I visited the observatory again, fascinated by the half shaped globes and the space enthousiast atmosphere there, I let the hobbyists pose with their ‘instruction planets’. A tribute to what it once was, but hiding spot for what it now is. > Click on photo to continue
Every day about 20 destruction animals arrive at animal crematory Haaglanden. The destruction animals consist out of pets as well as wild animals. Being saved in large containers by the crematory, they await being picked up by a company to be part of a big group cremation. As these animals don't get the attention and love the personal cremations get, I got to portray their loved side as a last memoir for the already forgotten animal. > Click on photo to continue
When my grandfather passed away, he donated his body to science. I never really knew where he went, but by investigating possible scenarios I ended up at the crematory and just when I thought this would be his final destination; it wasn't. This is a project about what remains of us after we die; is the end really the end? > Click on photo to continue