Sanne De Wilde is a photographer exploring the role genetics play in people’s lives and how this shapes and affects communities. She graduated with a Master in the Fine Arts at KASK in Ghent (BE) in 2012.
She has won many awards including the Photo Academy Award 2012, International Photography Award Emergentes DST in 2013, 16ème Prix National Photographie Ouverte, NuWork Award for Photographic Excellence and the Nikon Press Award for most promising young photographer.
She has been internationally published and has exhibited at Voies OFF, Tribeca Film Festival, Circulations, Lagos Photo, Lodz Fotofestiwal, IDFA, STAM and EYE.
About the book:
In the project “Land of Ibeji” photographers Sanne De Wilde and Bénédicte Kurzen investigate the mythology of twins in Nigeria, where the rate of natural twin births is higher than anywhere else in the world. As sacred beings, twins’ magical and spiritual powers are celebrated with mythical fervour, but also condemned as unnatural.
‘Ibeji’, meaning ‘double birth’ and ‘the inseparable two’ in Yoruba, stands for the ultimate harmony between two people.
They played with the concept of doubling to create an imaginative photographic story, using double exposures, mirror reflections and colour filters. Through these pictorial processes, the two artists produced inventive double portraits, while also working together as twin-like co-authors.