Dijkstra first photographed Almerisa—a Bosnian girl whose family had relocated to Amsterdam—as part of a project documenting children of refugees. She continued photographing her and made eight photographs over eleven years. The images maintain a consistent compositional format, showing an isolated figure seated in distinct interior settings, looking incrementally more modern as time passes. The pictures not only document Almerisa’s development from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood but also record her progression through cultural and geographic displacement.
Gallery label from Out of Time: A Contemporary View, August 30, 2006–April 9, 2007.