Lidwien van de Ven (born 1963, lives and works in Rotterdam and Berlin) works in the realm of political and religious subjects. In her research she takes a rather journalistic approach, although the work itself is not photojournalistic as such. Van de Ven records that which is outside the frame of news stories. She investigates the frontier between reality and representation, image and language and the frontier of news and contemporary history. Since 2012 van de Ven has been capturing the complex dynamic between revolutionary impulses and counter-revolutionary resurgence in Egypt resulting in a new series of works
Van de Ven has won several awards for her photographic work and installations, currently working on a new project apart of this is on show in the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Van de Ven received the Dolf Henkes prize 2014. Her work was shown at Museum Reina Sofia (2014), Noorderlicht, (Groningen, 2013), The City that Doesn’t Exist, Images of Global Spaces, Ludwig Forum Aachen, (Germany, 2013) the Busan Biennale (South Korea, 2012), Comma 32, BloombergSPACE, London (2011), For Be(com)ing Dutch at the Van Abbemuseum (2008).Documenta 12 in Kassel (2007) Sydney Biennale, (2006) among others.
Since 2000 Cuny Janssen (born 1975, lives and works in Amsterdam) has travelled around the world to make portraits of children within their everyday environments, combining these with photographs of the landscape they are surrounded by. Janssen captures impulsive moments with technical camera, which makes it seem impossible. Her photos create a profoundly expressive work about a city, a region and their people. Resulting in series as India (2002), Macedonia (2004), Amami (2009), My Grandma was a Turtle (2010), Yoshino (2013) and BLU a series made during her visits to Naples in 2012 and 2013.
For her new series it’s the first time that Janssen worked in and around her own city, Amsterdam. We see portraits of children out of their daily situation, having new experiences while playing. Janssen is interested in these children’s experiences and specifically by what she calls its imprints that have a “Proustian” impact on their lives forever. The poetry of these moments are reflected in her photographs. Each child looks at us with an impressive and a specific gaze and we would almost forget that they are children.
Janssen had solo exhibitions at the Photographers’ Gallery, London (2005), Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam (2010), De Pont Museum, Tilburg (2010), SK Stiftung, Cologne (2011) and the Kunstverein Heilbronn (2012), Love your Darlings (2015) andriesse eyck galerie, Amsterdam.
Charlotte Dumas’ (born 1977, Lives and works in Amsterdam and New York) work focuses on series of animals in relation to humans. Horses working in forests for men at Arlington Cemetery to bring fallen soldiers to their last resting place. Rescue dogs who, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, searched day and night for survivors at the Pentagon and World Trade Center. Horses living in the wild, on the fringes of Nevada towns, or on small islands in Japan. Breeds that are almost extinct because they no longer serve any practical purpose. The notion that the state of humanity can be read and studied by the way we relate to animals is a vital thread in Charlotte Dumas' work. Her choice of subject relates directly to the way we use, co-exist and define specific animals, assigning various symbolisms as well as our own personal reflections to them.
Charlotte Dumas has held numerous solo exhibitions at venues throughout the world, including Museum De Pont, Tilburg (2015) The Photographers' Gallery in London (2015), Gallery 916 Tokyo (2016 and 2014), Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2012), FO.KU.S., Innsbruck (2010), Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam (2009) and, most recently, the exhibition Stay at andriesse eyck galerie.