During Rotterdam Photo 2017 Monique Baan, Cissie van de Ven and Daniella de Haan show their work together.
Monique Baan (Rotterdam, 1967) shows in the series "Vratsa" how people build their lives in a country that seems to stand still. The further you travel into Bulgaria, the more you come face to face with former Eastern Europe. Bulgaria is the poorest country in Europe, western luxury has barely penetrated here. The ambitious youth moves away to study elsewhere in Europe. The country faces an uncertain future.
Cissie van der Ven (Den Haag, 1979) is an image maker who explores the possibilities of being visible and therefore the relation between body and identity. “Do I still exist if you don’t see me?” is a collection of images that show a process in manifestation and being present.
Daniella de Haan (Rotterdam, 1973) is a documentary photographer who graduated from the Photo Academy Rotterdam in 2014. “Burlesque” is a series of subtle and intimate black and white portraits of people stripping down their own identity and transforming into performers, ready to entertain the audience. An up close and personal journey into the magical world of burlesque, both on stage and behind the scenes.
Rotterdam Photo organised by Daguerre Foundation and More Productions, takes place during Art Week Rotterdam, at the best location possible, Katendrecht: Deliplein (Deli Square), near the Dutch Fotomuseum.
During the festival we transform Deli Square into a street wise photography village, populated by 20+ shipping containers reimagined as exhibition spaces. In addition to the exhibitions, Rotterdam Photo offers also unique hands-on workshops and panel discussions spread around the containers and the city of Rotterdam. Moreover on the square you can find tents with vendors and a broad selection of food-trucks including a range of the best quality food and drinks.
Rotterdam Photo is open to the public — all ages, dogs included —free of charge, making it unlike any other art fair during Art Week Rotterdam.