Lewis Dérogène

The 5th Chelsea International Photography Competition

February 20 - February 27, 2024

Reception: Thursday, February 22, 2024, 6-8 PM

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Lewis Dérogène, also known as PhenomenaLewis, is a photographer and digital sculptress with Haitian roots. Influenced by personal experiences and cultural, political, and historical factors, her work beautifully captures the strength and empowerment of black women. Her creative process unfolds with an initial meditative phase and a deep dive into art books, particularly those spotlighting black artists and photographers. During photoshoots, fabric takes center stage, symbolizing the delicate strength of a black woman. Post-capture Lewis manipulates the images in Photoshop. Subsequently, layers of self-made digital sculptures and additional images come to life, adding complexity and depth to their creations—a testament to a distinctive blend of inspiration, mindfulness, and digital artistry. Drawing inspiration from renowned artists like Rembrandt, Aida Muluneh, and Muholi Zanele, Lewis Derogene's art defies categorization as it gracefully navigates classical, afro-futuristic, minimalistic, and surrealistic realms.

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Lewis Dérogène

The 5th Chelsea International Photography Competition

February 20 - February 27, 2024

Reception: Thursday, February 22, 2024, 6-8 PM

The Replacement of Pain (Self-Portrait)
The Replacement of Pain (Self-Portrait)

Photograph on fine art paper
40" x 32"

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Lewis Dérogène, also known as PhenomenaLewis, is a photographer and digital sculptress with Haitian roots. Influenced by personal experiences and cultural, political, and historical factors, her work beautifully captures the strength and empowerment of black women. Her creative process unfolds with an initial meditative phase and a deep dive into art books, particularly those spotlighting black artists and photographers. During photoshoots, fabric takes center stage, symbolizing the delicate strength of a black woman. Post-capture Lewis manipulates the images in Photoshop. Subsequently, layers of self-made digital sculptures and additional images come to life, adding complexity and depth to their creations—a testament to a distinctive blend of inspiration, mindfulness, and digital artistry. Drawing inspiration from renowned artists like Rembrandt, Aida Muluneh, and Muholi Zanele, Lewis Derogene's art defies categorization as it gracefully navigates classical, afro-futuristic, minimalistic, and surrealistic realms.

The Replacement of Pain (Self-Portrait)
The Replacement of Pain (Self-Portrait)
Liberation (Self-Portrait)
Liberation (Self-Portrait)
Acceptance (Self-Portrait)
Acceptance (Self-Portrait)
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The 5th Chelsea International Photography Competition | February 20 - February 27, 2024

The Infinity of Thoughts
50" x 50" - Acrylic on Canvas