I’m very excited to share that I have been nominated for The Berry Koedam Award by the Witte de With gallery in Rotterdam. The Berry Koedam Award is an award that uniquely centers on the influence that visual documentation has in the public’s experience of contemporary art. The winner will be announced this autumn.
The Rijksmuseum selected me as one of the jurors for the 12th annual photo competition Document Nederland Junior. A national photo competition for high school students. The master and inspiration photographer of this years competition is photographer Dustin Thierry. Dustin is a friend of mine and I adore his work. I’m excited that our paths now cross professionally and I’m looking forward to go through the submissions and select a winner with a team of professionals. Hans Rooseboom, curator photography of the Rijksmuseum & Dustin Thierry. The winner will be announced the beginning of July and will be honored with an exhibition in the museum and a payed assignment for the Rijksmuseum. The deadline to submit work is the 8th of June 2020. If you are a dutch high school student or you know anyone who might want to join you can find more information here.
The past week I travelled to Abu Dhabi for a collaboration project with local artist Hashel El Lamki. Hashel and I met in 2012 in Amsterdam, where we became instant friends and temporary roommates. After not seeing each other for 8 years we decided to work together on his new project. We intended to shoot the project in Los Angeles in oktober 2019 together with fellow artist & friend Brandon Simmoneau. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get a green light for American visa’s and decided to do the project in the United Arab Emirates. Home of El Lamki. Hashel and I worked together in his studio on the video installation screensaver that is part of his first solo exhibition The Cup and the sorcerer. The exhibition will open the first weekend of march at the Warehouse421 Gallery and is curated by Munira Al Sayegh. It will run until the end of summer and during Art Dubai 2020.
This was my first visit to the Gulf area and I will travel back for the exhibition opening in the beginning of march. The UAE has a lot of dualities and structures I find very interesting and I would like to learn more those in future (longer) visits. The best thing about traveling and collaborating abroad is meeting new people. Talented and kind people who planted seeds of inspiration and friendship in my heart and mind. I can’t wait to go back.