Visual Artist & independent researcher on photography and memory
NEYDE LANTYER is a Brazilian multimedia artist, an independent researcher on photography and memory and a restorer of vintage negatives living in Amsterdam-NL.
Having feminism as background, her artwork explores a variety of themes related to personal experiences such as relationships, immigration and belonging, contemplating the wide range of the photographic image as recollection, documentation and symbol of mass culture. She is interested in expanding the possibilities of the medium in relation to other media’s and techniques such as collages, text, objects and video.
NEYDE LANTYER teaches contemporary photography throughout courses, workshops and lectures in both countries. She is also a cultural manager and a project developer who takes active role in art organizations and cultural enterprises in Holland and Brazil. Recently, she has created the online platform Fotografia & Cultura (in Portugues) and presents the program “Talks on Photography" at Teatro Munganga, Amsterdam.
Born in Queimadas-BA, Brazil, she attended Universidade Católica do Salvador-BA e Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil (Salvador da Bahia, for 300 years the colonial capital of Brazil, is the core of the Afro-Brazilian culture and the biggest black city outside Africa in the whole world).
POLITIC ATIVISM AND FEMINISM
(1979-85) Moved to Salvador to attend university during the last years of the military dictatorship and immersed herself in the activism for democracy, amnesty and free elections; as a young activist, collaborated with the foundation of the Brazilian workers party (Partido dos Trabalhadores);
(1980-84) The activism led to women’s issues and feminism - her graduation research and essay, developed with women from Salvador’s peripheral communities, was inspired by Simone de Beauvoir ‘s “The Second Sex”;
(1988-1997) Worked with women’s sexuality, sexual freedom X gender oppression as part of a human resources program, creating seminars about existential issues such as “the Heart”, “The Retirement” and “the Death” .
(1990-93) Studied visual arts at Universidade Federal da Bahia where begun her first experiments with photography; decided to leave the university and search for an independent formation on photography;
(1994-97)Had her first solo exhibition at Museum Casa do Benin (1994), presenting a long series of portraits experimenting with mixed media such as collage and drawings on photography; created the course “Linguagem Fotografica” em Salvador (1996) ;
(1997-09) Moved to Amsterdam-NL and attended several courses at Amsterdam Institute of Photography and De Moor (1998) ; had her first solo exhibition in Europe at WM Gallery (2002); studied “Histories and Theories of Photography at Universiteit van Leiden (2008-09).
(2004-2012) Worked for 8 years with Dutch restorer and conservator Michiel Kort, a major specialist in recovering vintage negatives; learned to restore and to conserve photography, glass plate’s negatives and a variety of old printing techniques;
IMMIGRATION, MUSIC, CINEMA
(2005-2006) Became chairwoman and artistic director of the cultural bi-national foundation A Hora do Brasil, relating directly with issues of immigration within the Brazilian community in the Netherlands. (2006-2013) Went from chair to artistic director and, along seven years in charge, developed several innovative artistic/cultural projects such as the music festival Brazilian Summer Sessions at Bimhuis, together with dancer and choreographer Claudia Trajano. The festival offered a new vision on Brazilian Music abroad, presenting concerts and jam-sessions plus music documentaries and talks; collaborated for 3 years with the film festival World Cinema Amsterdam, creating a film (musical) documentary program, again with Claudia Trajano.
MEMORY AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
Inspired by the experience with photo restoration and conservation, became interested in family and vernacular photography and began an independent artistic research on memory and photography (in progress since 2009). Her “Trilogy”, a body of work built on family photography, love and abandonment and the image of women in vernacular photography along the last century, became a major interest in her artistic practice.