Hannah Moens, who was also selected for the 2021 exhibition Unknown Masterpieces at the Scharpoord arts centre in Knokke-Heist, says she discovered what she wants to do and who she wants to be while studying photography at Narafi in Brussels. Not only did she develop her technical skills there, but she also gained insights into herself. Since then, the young photographer took an internship with Jef Boes, who was part of the first edition of the International Photo Biennale Ostend and likes to alternate his photographic work with film. Moens, too, wants to move in that direction.
Behind the eternal smile of Hannah Moens lies a dark shadowland. It is a world of emotions, turmoil, stimuli, tears and loneliness. A world full of fear as well – fear of allowing people in, and letting go. A world she cannot put into words but which she can put into (black-and-white) images. And most important of all: a world in which she has since been able to make peace with her dark, melancholic side. Because in the end, we all cry.