The Artist Talkshow – 6 – What is different?

The Artist Talk Show - What is different?
Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Artist Talk Show is a weekly talk show in which photographers, scientists, journalists and other guests discuss the theme of BredaPhoto 2020: ‘the best of times, the worst of times’. Each week, one topic will be discussed, using the work of photographers who exhibit at BredaPhoto 2020.

Jonas van der Haegen

Soraya Zaman

Laurence Rasti

Lisa Peters

Moderator Lisa Peters (1991) is a journalist and moderator. She writes about gender, emancipation and inequality. Her work has also appeared in De Groene Amsterdammer, de Volkskrant and Het Parool. She previously studied Liberal Arts & Sciences at University College in Utrecht and Gender Studies at SOAS in London.

Jonas van der Haegen is a queer artist whose work functions as a visual research in the artist’s personal life and interests which touch on subjects like sexuality, identity and relationships. His work questions how we approach gender and sexuality in the 21st century in the frame of freedom or the influence of the internet. The series ‘Love, fuck & pray’ was made in 2018 – 2019 in collaboration with the LGBTQIAP+ center in Tokyo and Osaka in Japan. This work is a visual research about gay sexuality and the male body in Tokyo.

Australian photographer Soraya Zaman lives and works as a fashion photographer in New York, after a career in real estate. Zaman chooses to define herself gender neutral and uses the third person plural in English: they/their. Her work therefore focuses mainly on everything that has to do with gender identity and sexuality. Inclusivity is an important theme, which is also increasingly reflected in Zaman’s commercial assignment work.

The Swiss photographer with Iranian parents Laurence Rasti went to Turkey to photograph Iranian gay refugees in the Turkish city of Denizli. In poetic images she portrays men and women not as victims of political oppression, but rather documents their current situation. Rasti searches for her subjects in her own mixed cultural background. Identity is central to her projects. Her project ‘In Iran there are no Homosexuals’, which is shown at BredaPhoto, has been exhibited worldwide and has been successfully published in book form. She lives and works in Geneva.

Visual stories in photobooks goes BredaPhoto

As part of Forhanna’s mission to promote the documentary photography genre, FORHANNA has partnered with curator Marc Prüst

to develop a comprehensive series of webinars that provide photographers the tools they need to professionalise their projects and visual narratives.

This series of webinars centres on the photobook as a narrative medium.


Visual stories in photobooks goes BredaPhoto: in this special edition of the webinar series Marc will look at several projects in the China Imagined exhibition

at BredaPhoto Festival and examine how projects are different in the book format compared to the exhibition for. Besides that the webinar offers inspiration to the makers,

it’s valuable to help a wider audience to recognize and appreciate good narrative forms.


Webinar - 4 - A Sacred Space Oddity
Wednesday October 7, 2020

The webinars on the Wednesdays are part of the International Talent Program from BredaPhoto 2020 and for everyone to participate.
The International Talent Program includes the Academy Project in which 10 Art Academies from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Finland participate. Each Academy presents itself with a video during one of the webinars.  In addition, there is the Support Program. For this program there is a shortlist of 9 candidates, of which 3 will be chosen on the 24th of October. During each webinar 2 pitches of the candidates will be shown.

Mohamed Somji

Tanya Habjouqa

Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

In this Webinar, we will be exploring the BredaPhoto exhibited trilogy series Sacred Space Oddity by artist Tanya Habjouqa and Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian,  Professor at the Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, moderated by Mohamed Somji, Associate Curator of BredaPhoto.

Joining Habjouqa, Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian will discuss and unpack the underlining thematics present in the series, and go deeper into both the thematic representation of Palestine but underlying power structures of occupation…from the bio-political, geo-political and necropolitical methods of othering and control.

The Sacred Space Oddity is an elegiac meditation on the interaction of the physical and psychological space encompassed in the loaded phrase “Holy Land”. Habjouqa engages a diverse cast of characters, modulating between realist and surrealist aesthetics deployed against the backdrop of daily events in the lives of Palestinians and Israelis. She challenges the simplifying mythologies that emerge in regions of conflict; both about “the other side” and which populations tell themselves about who they are and who they seek to be. The characters featured are metaphorical co-authors; their understandings of the land embedded within the imagery in a participatory excavation of their experience and socio-political imaginaries.

Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian– a Palestinian feminist, is the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Global Chair in Law- Queen Mary University of London.   Her research focuses on trauma, state crimes and criminology, surveillance, gender violence, law and society and genocide studies.  She studies the crime of femicide and other forms of gendered based violence, violence against children in conflict ridden areas, crimes of abuse of power in settler colonial contexts, surveillance, securitization and social control.  As a resident of the old city of Jerusalem, Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a prominent local activist.  She engages in direct actions and critical dialogue to end the inscription of power over children’s lives, spaces of death, and women’s birthing bodies and lives.

Tanya Habjouqa is a Jordanian-Texan visual artist, educator, and a member of NOOR Images. Habjouqa’s approach to visual storytelling fuses a mordant sense of irony with unstinting, forensic interrogations of the implications of geopolitical conflict on human lives. Trained in anthropology and journalism (MA: Global Media, SOAS, London), Her work on Palestine-Israel has been cited as a powerful investigation of the cross-currents of politics, economics, religion, and cultural production.
She is a mentor in the acclaimed Arab Photography Documentary Programme,  a co-editor of the Jadaliyya Photography Page and cofounder of Ruwa. Habjouqa is in the permanent collections of the MFA Boston, Institut du Monde Arabe, and Carnegie Museum of Art, and is represented by East Wing Gallery.

The Artist Talk Show - China Imagined
Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Artist Talk Show is a weekly talk show in which photographers, scientists, journalists and other guests discuss the theme of BredaPhoto 2020: ‘the best of times, the worst of times’. Each week, one topic will be discussed, using the work of photographers who exhibit at BredaPhoto 2020.

moderator: Christine de Baan, ROAM Foundation

He Yining

Ruben Lundgren

Xu Xiaoxiao

China Imagined is one of the highlights of BredaPhoto 2020 and in this Artist Talk Show both curators Ruben Lundgren and He Yining will look back on how they composed this exhibition. Photographer Xiaoxiao Xu will reflect on her work that is part of the exhibition ‘China Imagined’.

The exhibition China Imagined gives an insight into contemporary Chinese photography. In China today, people enjoy the conveniences provided by science and technology for their personal lives. Intelligent payment, the share economy and artificial intelligence created a growing middle class and a booming economy. This new reality, however, comes with problems such as surveillance and privacy disclosure. At the same time, behind the deterioration of the living environment lay the fruits of 30 years of tree planting and behind the lack of resources lies the exploration of clean energy. In times of strong polarization it seems harder to accept that progress and backwardness sometimes coexist.

Curator and writer He Yining graduated from the London College of Communication. For over a decade she has been working independently specializing in photographic and visual art. Her practice is principally focused on the way in which photography is able to freely straddle the boundaries of fine art, responding to and raising questions about contemporary, historical and social issues through interdisciplinary means. These curatorial projects have been held in museums, galleries and other institutes in both China and Europe. Among her most recognized projects are “Photography in the British Classroom” (2016), “The Port and the Image” (2017) and “Abode of Anamneis” (2019)

Beijing based photographer and curator Ruben Lundgren graduated from the University of the Arts Utrecht in 2005 and moved to China soon after where he finished his master’s degree at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He made name within the conceptual photography duo WassinkLundgren with publications as “Empty Bottles” (2007) and “Tokyo” (2010). FOAM showed a retrospect of their works in 2013. The projects often develop from small observations or humorous twists from everyday life combining a social antenna with the interest how the photography medium can deform reality. He now works as a photographer for Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant and as an independent curator of Chinese photography. Together with Martin Parr he co-edited “The Chinese Photobook” (2015) and with Timothy Prus he published “MeNu” (2018) a tasty collection of Chinese vernacular food photography.

Photographer Xu Xiaoxiao was born in southeastern Qingtian near Wenzhou and immigrated to the Netherlands when she was 14. Spending half her life in the Netherlands changed her view on China. Her identity cannot be defined straightforwardly anymore, she is both an insider and an outsider. By photographing locations, people and objects that arouse confusing and alienating feelings, she manages to find a balance between her origins and her present life. She graduated from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam in 2009 and has worked on personal projects since then. In 2016 she published “Aeronautics in the Backyard”, a project that won numerous prestigious book awards over the last couple of years.

Moderator today is Christine de Baan,  curator, editor, strategic advisor and sometimes moderator in the field of art, architecture, urbanism and design. She  has a company, DEBAAN, and is the artistic director of ROAM foundation which initiates  cultural projects  aimed at a more sustainable and equitable future.
She has  a special connection with China. Between 2004 and 2016 she used to travel frequently to China for various work-related purposes. In 2006, she curated the exhibition China Contemporary | Visual Culture for the Netherlands Photo Museum, which was also aimed at conveying a sense of daily life in China at that time.