N_O_W_H_E_R_E is am upcoming exhibition and book currently under development with Paradox.
Frank van der Salm’s work from the past three decades is a statement about an urbanized world that seems to be modelled after the images that result from it in photography, video, movies, games, news and entertainment. It results in a strong dystopian feeling; factual, sociological or topographical references are rare. In Van der Salm’s universe, buildings and urban areas are part of one global, imaginary city.
There are no people to be found in his images. They are hidden behind the façades of this imaginary place with no fixed dimensions. A place of timeless, almost antiseptic beauty. Its occupants remain anonymous, they seem to have been cut out of the picture, playing a role behind the scenes of this ruthless urban environment, if at all.
The installation developed separates the venue in two equal spaces. One part shows – in a weekly rotating schedule – a choice of original Van der Salm works under ultimate white-cube conditions. It emphasizes the physical nature of these works; their size, their surface. The arrangements will be made by a (human) curator.
The other part feels like an open urban space, with a 20-25m long wall at its far end, showing a continuously changing projection of images by Van der Salm, while not taking their original size into account. Here the images are combined
and recombined, cropped and blown up, based on an artificial intelligence algorithm, developed by AI researchers from the University of Amsterdam. Here, the computer will act as the tireless curator interpreting the oeuvre of Frank van der Salm.
During the design of the Bitter exhibition for Tropenmuseum I used the Unreal Engine as a tool to discuss the design with the team. Team members were able to navigate through the 3D model of the exhibition using their own computers. The advantage of Unreal Engine is that once setup there are norender times.
Tony’s Chocolonely and Paradox produced BITTER Chocolate Stories (traveling exhibition, website and a Book) to raise awareness about child labour in the cocoa industry.
BITTER Chocolate Stories combines portraits and interviews of 15 former child labourers and other actors in the industry. The traveling exhibition and the book provide an insight into the complexities of a product many of us take for granted.
I combined the roles of project management, exhibition design (with Kummer&Herrman) and production.
Exhibition Designer: Jeroen de Vries
Production: Tiago Rosado (Paradox)
Woman We Have Not Lost Yet tells the stories of those who lived through the crisis in Syria. On 26 April 2015, the radical Islamic opposition announced the ‘Great Attack’ on Aleppo. Young people from various ethnicities and religions, former participants of Art Camping, gathered in Le Pont gallery.
In this artistic and intellectual safe haven, created by photographer and organiser Issa Touma, they could find comfort in each other. The fighting lasted an entire week. Trapped and frightened, a group of women shared their hopes and fears. Dressed in their customary clothing – chosen by themselves and not by the authorities – they decided to hold a photography session, almost like a final message.
The portraits in Woman We Have Not Lost Yet are a moving and urgent cry for help. Extremism in Syria has many faces, which all have dark theories. While the women in these photographs are still alive, many others were killed before they had the opportunity to realise their dreams.
During the production of Borders Kills project for Paradox (Nikos Pilos photography) I made this Design for the Exhibition. Due to budget concerns and space limitations the designs was later on downscaled.
Design and production: Paradox(Tiago Rosado)
Portraits: Koos Breukel
Photography: Luuk Kramer
In September 2016, Amsterdam had the kick off of this European project with star photographer (and Amsterdam inhabitant) Koos Breukel and the Syrian photographer and festival organiser Issa Touma. During Unseen Photo Festival and Fair (2016), Koos Breukel installed his photo studio on 17 and 18 September at Felix Meritis. Issa Touma worked on 19 and 20 September in Spaarndammerbuurt. Portraits were printed and framed on site, resulting in a monumental portrait gallery at Felix Meritis and a small scale portrait gallery on the windows of Effe bij Moeder An in Spaarndammerbuurt, on view during the festival.
Exhibition design: Jeroen de Vries / Production: VEX
I was responsible for the traveling exhibition to the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta.
Exhibition WHERE WILL WE GO ? The human consequences of the rising sea level. A significant sea level rise is one of the major anticipated con sequences of climate change. This will cause some low-lying coastal areas to become completely submerged, while others will increasingly face short-lived high-water levels. These anticipated changes could have a major impact on the lives of coastal populations. The small island developing states (SIDS) will be especially vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise, and to changes in marine ecosystems, because of their major dependence on marine resources.
For the past two years the photo journalist Kadir van Lohuizen, with the support of Displacement Solutions, has been looking at the global consequences of rising sea levels caused by climate change and traveled to Bang ladesh, Fiji, Kiribati, Panama (Guna Yala islands), Papua New Guinea (the Cartaret atoll), the United Kingdom and the USA. The exhibition is designed to highlight both the immense complexities associated with internal and cross-border human displacement, as well as the specific human rights implications involved with such involuntary population movements. The material contains multimedia components, including stills, video, text and audio.