Claire Felicie, ‘Marked - Jeffrey, age 23 before, during and after his deployment to Afghanistan’, 2009-2010, Amstel Gallery

The series “Here are the young men” (The Netherlands – Afghanistan, 2009-2010) show photos of Dutch marines deployed to Afghanistan. These marines are young boys, full of excitement and expectations who are being sent to a war zone. There they are confronted with pain, sadness and death. Will something appear on their faces of these experiences? To find an answer to this question Claire Felicie photographed the marines of the 13th infantry company of the Royal Dutch Marine Corps, before, during and after their deployment in Uruzgan.

The series ‘Here are the young men’ is divided in three subseries:
‘Marked‘: black and white triptychs of marines before, during and after their tour of duty to Afghanistan.
‘Armoured‘: black and white diptychs of marines back from patrol and photos of their good luck charms.
‘Committed‘: color photos of marines on nightly patrols and on their base Combat Outpost Tabar in Uruzgan, Afghanistan.

Signature: seperate

2014 - solo exhibition Amstel Gallery Amsterdam - NL
2014 - Context Art Miami - USA
2014 - (e)merge art fair Washington DC - USA
2013- Fotofestival Naarden - NL
2013 Fotovever Paris - FR
2011 Melkweg Gallery Amsterdam - NL

PHOTOBOOK: Here are the young men -self published
Foreignpolicy Magazine
Telegraaf newspaper
East city Art Magazine
Vanity fair

The Artist / Amstel Gallery

About Claire Felicie

Dutch, b. 1966, Breda, Netherlands, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands