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Suzanne Banning was born in 1973 in Hengelo, Overijssel, The Netherlands.  In 1998 she graduated from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Academy of Art) in Arnhem, The Netherlands with a BFA in photography and printmaking.  She lives and works in Houston, Texas since 2000.

Banning's award-winning work is very experimental.  She does predominantly self-portraits in which she impersonates someone else; like in the "La Belle Dame Sans Merci” series, the "Pele, Goddess of the Volcano” series and most recently her “Lolita” series.  Among other things, she explores the unlimited possibilities of using her camera in combination with movement.  A crucial element in her process is her habit of fueling herself by listening to her favorite music (Tori Amos, Bjork, Alanis Morissette among others) while shooting pictures.  She dances, sings and bathes herself in waves of sound that take her to her creative source.  Or as noted art critic and Professor of Art History W. Jackson Rushing III states in an essay about Banning’s work: “…she distills and presents to her audience what another Dutch artist, Willem De Kooning, called “frozen glimpses” of singular moments where cognition and pure sensation commingle and the self sings its private, unfettered song of desire.” 

Banning's work has been featured in many exhibitions in Houston, elsewhere in the US and internationally.  Jurors and curators who have selected her photos for exhibitions include: Dan Cameron, Andrea Karnes, Gus & Sharon Kopriva, Dominic Molon, Marysol Nieves (who awarded her First Prize in a national exhibition.), James Rondeau, Jackson Rushing and Clint Willour.  Bannings work is in the permanent collection of the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi.  Recently curator Gus Kopriva included her work in “Amistad; Texas Art in Peru”, that opened at the Museo de la Nación in Lima, Peru and subsequently traveled to the new Modern Art Museum in Trujillo, Peru.  During the upcoming Fotofest (Spring 2008) Banning’s work will be part of no less than three group shows; a small group exhibit at “New Gallery – Thom Andriola” featuring David Levinthal among others.  Another show will be held at “Texas Collaborative Arts Nauhaus Gallery”; the other two artists will be Allison Hunter and Elinor Carucci. The third show is a big group show at the Meridian. 

This page was last updated on 12/10/07.

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