Groeps expositie rondom het thema STRIJD door derdejaars fotografiestudenten van de Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten. De expositie loopt van 13 tot 22 januari 2012 en is te vinden in Creatief Warenhuis Hoop aan de Grote Markt (10-13) in Den Haag.

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An impressions of what’s yet to come of the work by Evelien Jaspers.

STRUGGLE PART V: REINIER VAN DER LINGEN

‘Versus’ is an organization consisting of Dutch photography students (the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague), creating a parallel group exhibition with CAFA(the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing) about various subjects concerning the theme: ‘struggle’. Versus is neither a plead for pessimism nor of a cynical nature but rather a celebration of opposites in the grand scheme of life. Versus’ aim is to address some of these experiences, by means of visual transcript.

In order to understand and to some extend partake in the process leading to this visual presentation, Versus reports about their process in a weekly column, which will indirectly function as a forum on their weblog: www.expoversus.tumblr.com

Each column features a different student and an aspect of his or her motivation, progress and personal working method. This week’s column is inspired by the process and research of Reinier van de Lingen, and the result of prepared interviews and insight lead by fellow photography student Timothy Zwitser.

There is something contradictive about an illness like cancer, being that; it’s frightening and impossible to comprehend at the same time. Not only because we don’t have a cure yet, but also because it’s always close by. Every year millions of people die and the numbers of cancer cases are on the rise as the population grows. The percentage of cancer survivors is slim in comparison. Yet Reinier van der Lingen’s wife managed to fight off a bad case of breast cancer only three years ago. My somewhat romantic and naive pre-conception of the ‘cancer survivor’ scenario used to be similar to my childhood dreams of being a sailor or pilot. I thought that being a cancer survivor one would seize the day and feel reborn, as if love was smiling through all things again. 

Reinier hopes his project- about a woman (mother of two, one of whom she just gave birth to) with cancer -will help him heal the wounds of the past.  It’s a tragic paradox: to be given a second chance and finding a newfound purpose to life and living.  Yet, on the other hand there’s the constant vigilance; something you can’t just switch off, because of the constant reminders. For example; not only cancer survivors, but also people with the cancer gen, are not accepted as clients at most -if not all– insurance companies.
It’s difficult for both Reinier and his wife to process such a profound period in their shared lives, as the aftermath seems relentless. “People don’t realise how hard it is on the partner also, you feel so damn powerless, all you can do is stand by and offer assistance. I was running all over the place, yet I felt useless. My wife will never stop being a cancer patient, and I will never stop worrying about her.”

As his project develops, he has befriended the woman and her family. “I strongly relate to both the woman and her boyfriend. That’s part of the reason why they trust me so much, and give me a lot of freedom to photograph a very vulnerable period in their lives.” Added to the stark equilibrium is the fact that the mother just gave birth to her second son. He feels he has a certain responsibility, not only to himself, but also to the family -who put their trust in him – to tell the story right. On the other hand, he fully utilizes the granted freedom and trust to produce as many photographs as possible. “I am not only there to take photographs but also because I want to know how they are doing. I have a nervous trigger finger; I need to produce a lot of photographs to progress to the next stage of my project.” Reinier’s process depends on the time and freedom he has to observe. “Most of the process happens up here, in my head.”  The selection process takes place on the computer. When he’s editing his photo story he makes A5 format prints and relocates the pieces of the puzzle, till they fit the storyboard. “My wife’s encouragements see me through the difficult parts of the subject. It’s something we share and talk about every week, and maybe it helps us both in the process of accepting our past.”


Reinier van der Lingen’s project will be on display:

-January 13th
-Opening Event 
-Exhibition ‘’Versus’’

At Creatief Warenhuis Hoop,Grote Markt 10-13, The Hague.

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STRUGGLE PART IV: JIKKE DE GRUIJTER

‘Versus’ is an organization consisting of Dutch photography students (the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague), creating a parallel group exhibition with CAFA(the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing) about various subjects concerning the theme: ‘struggle’. Versus is neither a plead for pessimism nor of a cynical nature but rather a celebration of opposites in the grand scheme of life. Versus’ aim is to address some of these experiences, by means of visual transcript.

In order to understand and to some extend partake in the process leading to this visual presentation, Versus reports about their process in a weekly column, which will indirectly function as a forum on their weblog:www.expoversus.tumblr.com

Each column features a different student and an aspect of his or her motivation, progress and personal working method. This week’s column is inspired by the process and research of Jikke de Gruijter and the result of prepared interviews and insight lead by fellow photography student Timothy Zwitser.

Everyone knows there’s something special about a father and daughter relationship. This particular story shows the process of re-establishing such a profound bond. Jikke’s father is a proud man with a heart the size of mount Kilimanjaro. Someone who’d provide comical relief, even when it wasn’t necessary: a man who lost his lower body function when Jikke was only 7 years old. “When he was hospitalized, I used to ask my mother if daddy would pick me up from school to take me out to lunch, like he used to do before the accident.” Jikke was afraid that her father would not return. We can only imagine how hard it must be, for such a young girl, to have to miss your father and vice versa, especially a father so involved and considerate. 

When her father returned, after a long period of revalidation, everything changed for the both of them. Jikke’s father went through a time of re-adjustment. He had to find a way to deal with his handicap, whilst his daughter was having a hard time accepting the change in their relationship. ’He wasn’t the man I used to remember from before the accident, It felt like a rift was growing between us, I was sad and sometimes angry about it. I just found it difficult to accept that he couldn’t do the things he used to. I guess I needed to close a difficult chapter as much as he did.” There in lies the beauty of her project. It’s about respect, love, honesty but most of all closure. Jikke’s intentions are clear, she is laying all the cards on the table, telling her dad that it’s okay to be vulnerable and to show weakness if needed. “Every segment in the movie shows how resourceful and clever he has become, and how well he deals with his condition, emotionally.”

I think it’s quite exceptional for any photographer/filmmaker to shoot a lot of footage first and then process the results. “I personally like to evaluate what I’ve experienced with my father after I’ve had a session with him, before I sit down and revisit my footage. It helps me detach any emotional clutter that may distort the editing process as much as possible. ’’That’s part of the reason why Jikke feels she needs to show the material to as many people as possible; to reflect and verify what she knows and feels about her father is visible to a viewer. I was curious about a stack of still images I discovered amongst the documents she brought with her, from the material she had shot. Completely convinced that they would just be form studies, they turned out to be a kind of series of the time she spend filming her fathers activities. She kept these stills because she felt she had to reshoot the material. I guess it’s in the nature of the creature to be ever so obsessed with the perfect shot.

By shooting movie footage on a regular basis, she is able to analyze her father’s personality and rediscover some, if not most, of the characteristics she thought were lost after the dramatic events from their combined past. “I respect him now more then ever, the way he handles his constraints, his endless optimism, his goofy way of making me feel comfortable, his efforts to make everyone smile and laugh, but most of all the love I see between us.” As a fellow classmate, I feel privileged to write about this reborn father & daughter relationship. It’s a recognizable and moving tale of a deeply rooted bond that seems to get stronger with time: a rediscovery of long lost love and friendship. 

Movie premiere @Versus, January 13th.

Written by Timoty Zwitser. 

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Miao Xiao Chun visits KABK

Miao Xiaochun was born in 1964, Wuxi, Jiangsu province, China, and is an artist and photographer based in Beijing. Since 2011 he is the head master of the photography department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is best known for his digital photographs, often assembled panoramas, of modern Chinese cityscapes, which record technological development, painting an alien view of his homeland and envisioning a new dynastic era. His signature element is the presence of "He", a figure in ancient Chinese costume. Other works include computer graphics installations such as The Last Judgement in Cyberspace, a 3D monochrome reworking of Michelangelo's The Last Judgment from the Sistine Chapel replacing every figure with a virtual model of himself. He has shown work internationally in many exhibitions including Between Past and Future at Haus der Kultur der Welt in Berlin, City of Dreams at the Red Mansion Foundation in London, Sightseeing at SCA Galleries in Sydney and The Last Judgement in Cyberspace at Walsh Gallery in Chicago.  Also he exhibited in Museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

“Versus” is an organization consisting of Dutch photography students (the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague), creating a parallel group exhibition with CAFA (the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing) about various subjects concerning the theme: ‘struggle’. Versus is neither a plead for pessimism nor of a cynical nature but rather a celebration of opposites in the grand scheme of life. Versus’ aim is to address some of these experiences, by means of visual transcript.

In order to understand and to some extend partake in the process leading to this visual presentation, Versus reports about their process in a weekly column, which will indirectly function as a forum on their weblog: www.expoversus.tumblr.com

Each column features a different student and an aspect of his or her motivation, progress and personal working method. This week’s column is inspired by the process and research of
Marin Leus (www.marinanke.com), and the result of prepared interviews and insight lead by fellow photography student Timothy Zwitser.

There is an island of plastic, the size of South America, floating around somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. Many people don’t know of this phenomenon, but the available stock images show this cruel beauty of pollution and how it manifests itself. Within the grace of such hidden catastrophes lies the danger of overseeing the real problem behind it. This is the main inspiration for Marin’s work.

Marin Leus is in love with nature, she’s a vegan and somewhat of an idealist. All the ingredients of a naive modern day tree hugging hippie girl living in a shed with a variety of farm animals (preferably two of each, so they can procreate). Trust me; the opposite is true. I feel that this is how we tend to respond to people like Marin. We try to disregard those who possess strong moral values concerning nature and well-being to validate our own neglect when it comes to sustaining our natural habitat. “It’s easy to produce and consume products without noticing the bigger picture. We buy a bottle of water and generally we dispose of the packaging. Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand the oversight, but we don’t think about the unnecessary waste that we produce and where it ends up at after we dispose of it.” Marin wants to create an awareness of individual waste production in our households by showing the quantity of plastic packaging being wasted. She hopes that by doing this in a subtle manner, people will be inclined to look at these normalities through her eyes and might just be willing to adjust their behavior. 

At the very start of her project she tried living without producing garbage for as long as she could. Then she decided to collect her own garbage over a period of a week, but realized that personalising her waste production wouldn’t bring across the right message. After a while she tried so many ways to translate her subject matter, that she got lost in the magnitude of ideas and concepts. Something that isn’t unusual in the initial phase of photographic research. “In every case I was dealing with mass quantities of waste in the daily lives of people, and after collecting feedback, from a multitude of trained and untrained eyes, I realized that I should focus on plastic waste in particular, because it’s not an easily digestible material and more durable then a chewed on paper coffee cup for instance.’’Eventually the message has to be at least almost indisputable, so that any disregard or doubt of personal motives by the viewer is second to none. As illustrated earlier; the most important steps in the process of Marin’s work and research are the result of critical and constructive conversations. “Actually this interview is very helpful.’’ The last few weeks have been full of discoveries and revelations for Marin. She now knows where she is headed and how to translate her ideals into an environmental friendly photographic product. A project that speaks to a wide variety of viewers when the exhibition opens (January 13th).]

Written by Timothy Zwitser

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www.marinanke.com

Merijn tries so find an exhibition form for his work.