In September 2018 I started as a doctoral researcher in Photography at the University of Westminster, looking into the mechanisms underlying the creation of repetitive imagery in documentary photography. I am specifically looking at bodies of work produced on Appalachia. Alongside my research I co-curated the exhibition Hyphen – Between Art and Research at AmbikaP3 gallery (March 2019), presenting work of Westminster PhD candidates and alumni.
I am also an independent writer on photography and visual culture, and I work as a photography archive consultant. My essays have appeared in Camera Austria Magazine, Foam Magazine, Photoworks, Unseen Magazine, EXTRA Magazine, and Of the Afternoon Magazine, and on American Suburb X. A chapter on the Dutch photography scene has been published in the compendium The History of European Photography 1970-2000 Vol. III.
Prior to my PhD Studies I worked as a curatorial project manager with nine years worth of experience in producing photography exhibitions in a museum and gallery context.
As curatorial project manager at Autograph ABP I co-produced amongst others the following exhibitions: Maud Sulter: Syrcas (2016); Shahidul Alam: Kalpana’s Warriors (2016); Raphael Albert: Miss Black & Beautiful (2016); Vasco Araujo: Decolonial Desire (2016); Gideon Mendel: Dzhangal (2017); Mahtab Hussain: You Get Me? (2017); Vron Ware: 13 Dead, Nothing Said (2017); Album: Where we belong (2017); Faisal Abdu’Allah: The Duppy Conqueror and Other Stories (2017); Franklyn Rodgers: Devotion – A Portrait of Loretta (2018); and Arpita Shah: Purdah – The Sacred Cloth (2018).
During my five-year tenure as assistant curator at Foam, I co-produced amongst many others the following exhibitions: Under Construction - New Positions in American Photography (2014); Reflected - Works from the Foam Collection (2014); William Klein (2013-2014); Tim Hetherington: Infidel (2013); Lieko Shiga: Canary (2013); Alex Prager: Compulsion (2012); Erik Kessels: Album Beauty (2012); What’s Next? The Future of the Photography Museum (2011); Still//Life - Contemporary Dutch Photography (2011/2013/2015); Misha de Ridder: Solstice (2011); Antiphotojournalism (2011); Dana Lixenberg: Set Amsterdam (2011); Joan Fontcuberta: Landscapes without Memory (2010); Johan van der Keuken: Quattorze Juillet (2010); Karl Blossfeldt (2010); Alexander Gronsky (2010).
I was awarded the Milton Rogovin Research Fellowship in 2015 from the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, and the Transfer North Curatorial Residency at the Northern Photographic Centre in Oulu, Finland in 2017.
I served as a juror on the Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Exhibition 160 in 2017, a juror on RedEye’s Lightbox Program in 2015 and 2017, an online portfolio reviewer for the Kaunas Photo Festival from 2012-2015, a portfolio reviewer at the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography in 2014, an external examiner at the Fotoacademie in Amsterdam from 2014-2016, and a jury member for the LensCulture Exposure Awards in 2015.
I moderated the panel The Space and The Book: The Publisher as Curator at the 2016 edition of Unseen. I was invited as guest speaker at the National Photography Symposium in Liverpool in 2011 to talk about the Dutch photography scene. I also presented at the Bronx Documentary Center in 2014 and at the Summer at New Holland Festival in St. Petersburg in 2013.
I obtained an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 2005 and a subsequent MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester in 2006.
My short films have been shown at the Imperial War Museum North (Manchester 2006), Life in Motion Festival (Manchester, 2006), Docs for Sale/IDFA (Amsterdam, 2006), 12a Mostra Internacional do Filme Etnografico (Rio de Janeiro 2007), Dialektus Festival (Budapest, 2008) and the Astra Film Cinemateque Program (Sibiu, 2010). My photographs have amongst others been published in Foam Album 09 – Foam Album 11, PhotoQ Yearbook, Red Magazine, Foam Magazine, NRC Next, Nederlands Dagblad and Nieuw West Express.