Biography and Artist Statement
Stefanie studied communication design, fine art, and photography at The Open Window School of Visual Communication, Pretoria (1999 – 2001). With a special interest in photography, she furthered her studies at the National College of Photography in Pretoria, where she graduated with a joint best portfolio award, (2004). After her studies, she started a commercial photography studio and was represented by Shine Photographers Johannesburg, (2005 – 2007). In 2008, Stefanie moved to the UK where she studied for a diploma in Transpersonal Integrative Psychotherapy at the Centre for Counseling and Psychotherapy Education in London, (2009 – 2013). This experience of an in-depth inquiry into the human psyche informs her work as a fine art photographer. In June 2015 Stefanie returned to South Africa. She has been a full-time artist since 2015. She participated in a number of group exhibitions in galleries and art festivals around South Africa. Stefanie’s work has been published in photographic journals and magazines both in print and online from around the world. Her work has been featured on numerous online galleries. Stefanie is an associated artist with the Dead Bunny Society, South Africa. She is a member of the See.Me artists community.
In a male-centric art world, Stefanie Langenhoven’s photography stems from her day-to-day, lived experiences, with the concept of womanhood at the core of her work. The way she represents the female body is unpolished and non-confining, challenging the patriarchy’s traditional feminine fantasy.
“I am curious about how self-image, body image and perceptions of the feminine self becomes distorted through what is being mirrored to us in a society that is so obsessed with the female image. I am hoping to touch on the intangible and allow the imagination to find space to not just see and be fed an image, idea or belief but be drawn into, feel and discover. My images represent in most part manifestations of emotional and feeling states, quietly making the invisible more visible. Throughout my work, I explore themes of death, fear, love transformation, gender, relationship, and dreams.”