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Feb
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08
May
10

hey muzungu

So far I have been on a plane with a broken engine and had to turn back to Schiphol, traveled to Entebbe the next day, spent the evening and night drinking beer in the garden bar of my hosts, went to the local market where a live chicken was selected, butchered and prepared (I played no part!), and tried to get over a culture shock. It seems you can’t really prepare yourself for Africa.

The people are very kind, both my Dutch hosts, their expat friends and the Ugandans I have so far talked to. The country is exceedingly beautiful, and very very poor. The contrast between the cozy expat life here and the lives of Kampala locals just a few streets away is harsh.

I wrote a very long text in my Finnish blog and am now kind of out of words. So you’ll get some hipshots from the nearby market and a promise for more details later.

05
May
10

Was I supposed to update this thing?

I’ve been only blogging in Finnish during recent months, sorry. But what has happened? We had our third year exhibition thingy at Labs55 in The Hague and it went very well. After that, we had some exhibition stuff at Gallery Pulchri, also in The Hague. In February I started my internship with photographer Jan Banning, and that has been great. Tomorrow we travel to Uganda.

I will try to keep you up to date more! And maybe even upload some photos.

03
Nov
09

Networkweek

It is again the time of the year when we photo students have the opportunity to visit photographers in their studios, homes, and galleries. I have so far been to visit Stefanie Grätz, who was a lovely lovely person and really wanted to give us her time and helpful advise, and Willem Poelstra, who was also very impressive and surprisingly new in photography (he only graduated in 2005, but I thought he was an old star or something).

Will add links later. Am exhausted, a long muggy day in Amsterdam and tomorrow a long workday also in Amsterdam.

23
Oct
09

Pierre Faure: Japan

I noticed Pierre Faure’s photobook Japan while browsing in the bookstore today. I love the feel of the thing; the juxtaposition of japanscapes and people. I’ve done something similar when I was there. Only much more by chance and not by assignment.

Some of the photos can be seen here, only sadly in a really small size.

I don’t really know what to think of the concept, though. Isn’t it a bit National Geographic to have a book titled only “Japan”? Could you also have “Germany”, or perhaps “Denmark”? Or would that be boring, while Japan for us westerners is exciting and exotic?

For me, almost everything that has to do with Japan is dear, so… I could not buy the book at the bookstore – it was €60 – but managed to order it used via Amazon. €20 with shipping, not bad..

23
Oct
09

Long time no see, eh?

Here I am again. What has happened during the summer: I was almost forced to quit the Academy but happily managed to continue. I was in Finland for a few weeks. I went to Russia with my family. I went to Japan again. My husband got a job from Germany and I returned to the Netherlands. Now I’m back to school, or have been for almost two months, and this semester is busy as ever. Which is nice. Also stressful.

05
Jun
09

Untitled

Untitled is the title (heh, heh) of our upcoming exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art.

Very nice to finally have an exhibition, although I must admit I am feeling exhausted after the collective evaluations. I did not sleep properly in a long while; am now definitely in need of a vacation… But first the exhibition + helping the fourth year students with their examination exhibition!




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