Lana Mesic (b. 1987, Croatia) is a documentary photographer that explores the realm of the invisible. Her work centres on the exploration of photography as a construct and the boundaries between reality and illusion. Since receiving her Masters in Photography at the St. Joost Academy of Arts and Design in Breda in 2012, Mesic has been nominated for the Dutch Doc Award and the ING New Talent Photography Award. In 2014 she was accepted for a residency at FAAP in Sao Paolo, Brazil, where she has been preparing work for the last six months.
After about a year of not having a steady home I decided to move to Rotterdam. Every time you live in a new city it feels kind of like a first date, it is exciting, you don’t know what will happen and what will await you. It is also a little bit awkward and because of this you are sharp, you take careful steps. Unless alcohol is involved.
An element of fear is involved. Because what if the city you are on this date with will harm you? What is it hiding? Will it protect me?
To confront my fear I went in search of strong men. Traditionally men are seen as the protectors and yet at the same time as a woman I can feel intimidated by them walking along unknown streets.
In my series I encountered strong men and by photographing them the power roles switched, my fear melted and my date with this new city is slowly turning into a great love affair.
De jury: meest verrassende beelden
“Wat een mysterieus beeld, het is net een schilderij”.
“Heroisch, die stadse bosman”.
“Je vraagt je af wat die man daar doet en waar is het? Waar kan je nu midden in de stad zo’n oerkoe treffen?”