In 1997, as part of the freedom of information act, a document was released by the CIA entitled “A Study of Assassination”. The manual was released as part of a collection of CIA files relating to the 1954 Guatemalan Destabilization Programme. The programme aimed to overthrow the newly democratically elected leader of Guatemala, Colonel Jacobo Arbenz Guzman.

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Through exploiting popular media platforms, Google and Youtube,” Alga Mirablis” explores the ways we deem information reliable or questionable. With a tone of irony and humor the work explores the line between fact and fiction and brings in question the ways in which online content can be created and interpreted.

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In “Alumni aan de Schie”, five recently graduated photographers from various art academies in the Netherlands present works in which they show their own personal style, research and subject matter. With their graduation work, the final step is taken towards completion of years of learning and experimentation. These works represents the first step towards the outside world, in which the alumni will find their own place in the photographic field.

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In Artificial Reality, the German photographer Lena Kunz introduces us to women who own dolls that strongly resemble real life babies. With these photographs, Kunz aims to show the limits and possibilities of affection and unanswered love.

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Four photographers from the Schiedam region present their work in the group exhibition Beoogd (Meaning: Intended), curated by John Middelkoop and Sjef van Duin. Each photographer creates his or her work according to their own method, but they all depart from a sense of  wonder and astonishment, a memory or an emotion. Where one photographer leaps in their inner world to make work, the other finds inspiration in the world around them.

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Due to unexpected production conditions of other events, this exhibition in ‘De Grote of Sint-Janskerk’ can not be visited this weekend anymore.

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Due to unexpected production conditions of other events, this exhibition in ‘De Grote of Sint-Janskerk’ can not be visited this weekend anymore.

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Olga Permiakova dedicates her project Camouflage to all women who, as soldiers, take part in the anti-terrorist operation in the Eastern part of Ukraine. Permiakova interviewed several women, investigating their position from a female gaze that she, and the women soldiers, feel is lacking in the mostly male dominated Ukrainian army.

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Due to unexpected production conditions of other events, this exhibition in ‘De Grote of Sint-Janskerk’ can not be visited this weekend anymore.

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Max de Waard investigates digital source material such as video, software, computer viruses and 3D-models. With the use of image and sound, he creates digital universes with a poetic character. The continuous collecting, merging and manipulating of digital materials result in fragmented stories which depict the fusion of the physical and virtual world.

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Current Studies (2013-2016) consists of a series of short experiments which Sjoerd Knibbeler executed in his own studio. His sets, or an assembly of objects, consist of fairly simple materials like plastic, glass, and wood combined with more airy substances like smoke and dry ice. With the use of ventilators, leaf blowers, and vacuum cleaners, Knibbeler creates airflows which he attempts to reshape, contain or block. 

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Everyone has a family, family comes in all sorts and consistencies. What does family mean to you?
These questions are central to the group exhibition Family at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. Twenty artists center their exhibited work about contemporary issues that involve family life such us birth, coming of age, marriage, and goodbyes.

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Our planet is the home of seven billion people. This number continues to grow, and consequently, so does the demand for food. It has become clear to us that our current agricultural systems can not sustain this demand any longer. In How To Farm a Fish, Debbie Schoone asks herself the crucial question whether there is another way of providing the world with enough food. She questions whether this can be accomplished in a sustainable manner, preventing the earth from being depleted even further.

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“Investigation of Love” is a visual research project that was conducted from 2015-2018 and deals with the ideas of borders, bureaucracy, romance and truth. “Investigation of Love” explores the photograph as evidence, and in particular if photographs can be proof for an abstract notion such as love.

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For this year’s edition, Fotofestival Schiedam is collaborating with the photography students of the Willem de Kooning Academy on the project Making (a) Public. This In Situ learning process allows the students to research the various definitions of ‘public’.

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In 2004, Dutch photographer Rob Hornstra moved to the Ondiep district in Utrecht, where he regularly photographed his now deceased neighbor: Kid. This resulted in the project Man Next Door.The first time that Hornstra meets Kid is during his move in 2004. Kid appeared at his doorstep, shirtless, questioning what Hornstra was doing there.

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Marche Céleste is the result of more than a year of nocturnal visits and visual immersions in the Forest of Fontainebleau in France that photographer Alexis Pichot undertook. The project was conceived in a response to Pichots everyday life in the city, which he experiences as noisy and intense and sometimes makes him gasp for air.

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In “Promenade”, Melissa Schriek explores the interruptions of everyday life while living in the city, as well as exploring how daily environments can be perceived and behaved in. In the digital age, where we seem to escape into everything except the immediate world around us, ‘Promenade’ aims to create awareness to elements and situations that are usually considered ordinary or common.

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“Quantified Landscape” introduces an ongoing research project by Swiss photographer Florian Amoser on the photographic transposition of space on a flat surface. The interest in the built environment and questions about different translations of space into photography are a driving force in his works.

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When Marijn Kuijper’s father passed away in 1983, time stood still. His father will always remain 36 years old, and Kuijper will always be his three-year-old daughter. In Regarding You & Me, Kuijper researches how his father and himself connect in the present, by collecting and examining traces that he has left behind in the past.

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Khalid Amakran is a Rotterdam based portrait photographer with a fascination for the world of teenagers and young adolescents. Besides his commercial and independent work, he is commissioned by the Dutch newspaper NRC Next to portray the teens of the Netherlands in their daily environment.

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“The New Colonists” presents images and themes related to humanity’s renewed love affair with outer space. The installation combines images of life in a small sleepy town called Mars in Pennsylvania, USA. Alcazar-Duarte ’s images present efforts and research that scientists from around the world are performing to make colonizing the Moon and the red planet a reality.

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During Fotofestival Schiedam we will exclusively show a sneak preview of the Reve Revu that consists of an exhibition at the Korenbeurs, the most beautiful and green library of the Netherlands. Photographers Vincent Mentzel and Klaas Koppe have assembled an overview of their work which portrays the life of Gerard Reve and his connection with the city of Schiedam.

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“Towers” is a collection of illusions about a specific human delusion. Namely that failure is a bad, bad thing. There is no space to fail in this day and age. The unproductive human is an undesirable human. The loser, the antihero has lost his battle.

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Due to unexpected production conditions of other events, this exhibition in ‘De Grote of Sint-Janskerk’ can not be visited this weekend anymore.

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Ways of Understanding, Voodoo/Vodun looks into a variety of representations of Vodun, the official state religion in Benin (West Africa). This particular religion became known under the general term ‘Voodoo’, and is commonly associated as a religious practice that is based on primitive belief, human sacrifice and black magic.

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In 1974, Reinjan Mulder (b. 1949) placed a coarsely-woven grid on top of a map of the Netherlands and set off to photograph the 52 resulting intersections. His aim was to capture the objective reality of the Netherlands, uncolored by traditions, accessibility and beauty ideals.

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Due to theft of the Nikon Small World images, the exhibition is not on display anymore.

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