THEO DERKSEN PHOTOGRAPHY

PROJECT- VIDEOS

A selection

A two weeks tourney on the Wolga river.

This video was made on the occasion of the boat trip on the Wolga river in May (2017). The travelguide was Alexander Münninghoff. Münninghoff attended Gymnasium Haganum. He studied Slavic language and literature at Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam. At the time, he worked for the MID as a Russian instructor. As a journalist he was a Moscow correspondent for the Haagsche Courant between 1986 and 1991. For the same newspaper he was a war correspondent in Cambodia and El Salvador. He also covered the First Gulf War between Iran and Iraq. In 2014 he published the eventful history of his family under the title De Stamhouder. A family chronicle. He received the Libris History Prize for that book on 25 October 2015. He presented various programs on television. Münninghoff lived for years in the Statenkwartier in The Hague, where he died on April 28 at the age of 76.

This video, a collaborative work with Brian was made on the occasion of Bospop Photo-presentation on the festival terrain. A music festival where I created an exhibition on his Photography.


Brian Griffin is one of Britain’s most influential portrait photographers. He achieved early recognition in the 1970s and 1980s, inventing a new photographic style known as Capitalist Realism. Capturing the different workers of society, his photographs transform workplaces into stages and his subjects into actors.

Born in Birmingham, Griffin began a career in engineering aged 16, before enrolling to study photography at Manchester Polytechnic at 21. His first solo show was mounted in London in 1981, followed by solo shows in Europe, Asia and the USA. Griffin has published twenty books and in 1991, he was awarded the ‘Best Photography Book in the World’ prize at Barcelona Primavera Fotografica.

Brian Griffin’s photographs are held in the permanent collections of major art institutions including the Arts Council, British Council, Victoria & Albert Museum and National Portrait Gallery, London.

HANGZHOU / YUHANG


These videos made on my first trip to Hangzhou-Yuhang for a collaborative project on the Great Canal with my Chinese and Dutch colleagues.


The Grand Canal, known to the Chinese as the Jing–Hang Grand Canal (Chinese: 京杭大運河; pinyin: Jīng-Háng Dà Yùnhé; lit.: 'Capital–Hangzhou Grand Canal', or more commonly, as the「大運河」("Grand Canal")), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the longest canal or artificial river in the world.[1] Starting in Beijing, it passes through Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang to the city of Hangzhou, linking the Yellow River and Yangtze River. The oldest parts of the canal date back to the 5th century BCE, but the various sections were first connected during the Sui dynasty (581–618 CE). Dynasties in 1271–1633 significantly restored and rebuilt the canal and altered its route to supply their capital.

Opening of the exhibition. Doc.

Part of the exhibition video


The exhibition ‘Kind mijn Kind’ (Child my Child) questions the human capacity for being a perpetrator or a victim. In different contexts people are capable of filling either role.


In their work the participating artists address a number of paradoxes. Seeming contradictions. The paradoxes of power and powerlessness, of victims and perpetrators. In different situations people will experience the degree to which they are powerful or powerless, are victim or possibly even perpetrator. In the exhibition the aforementioned paradoxes are expressed in photographs by Theo Derksen and paintings by Jos Wigman.


Through projected photographs and paintings we see how the images of victim and perpetrator fade into each other. These morphing images, are accompanied by a penetrating music composed by musician/composer Ernst Jansz.

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