Open doors + special guest: Willem van Zoetendaal
De Monsterkamer hosts an Open Doors event every first Thursday of the month. Special Guest for the upcoming event on 02 April 2015 is Willem van Zoetendaal (1950).
- Date: 02/04/2015
- Time: 17:00 - 20:00
- Speaker: Willem van Zoetendaal
- Costs: Free
Willem van Zoetendaal makes books and curates exhibitions in which the medium of photography features prominently. Using a number of self-crafted books as examples, van Zoetendaal will focus his presentation on the relationship between the photographic image and the book as a structure and/or carrier, as well as discussing the daily worries and annoyances of a designer and curator, dealing with both clients and publishers.
Van Zoetendaal is trained at the ABK Rotterdam as a graphic designer, and has over ten years experience as an art director/designer working with/for the NRC. He has also designed several stamps and a 50-guilder coin in 1993. He was a teacher at the AKI during the 80’s and was course professor of the Department of Photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy 1991–2002. Van Zoetendaal was also an active gallerist of contemporary photography for more than 13 years (2000 to 2014). In 2008 the Gemeentemuseum (The Hague) acquired his photography collection (consisting of more than 1200 photos) that he had assembled during his time as a lecturer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the nineties. Most books that van Zoetendaal makes and has made have been self-published under the name of Basalt and, later, under the name van Zoetendaal. Some of these books contain works by contemporary artists but others feature works from historical collections. Because for van Zoetendaal, a photo is not exclusively an image but is also an object, the quality of lithography, printing and paper are high priorities for him.
Some of van Zoetendaal ‘s best known projects include: Murder in Rotterdam, 1994 (Duo Duo Publishers); To Sang Photo Studio, 1995; Hyde, 1996 (with Koos Breukel); Die Berliner Zeit, 1999 (with Rineke Dijkstra); Quatorze Juillet, 2010 (Johan van der Keuken); Arthropoda, 2010 (Harold Strak); Heaven, 2012 (Paul Kooiker), Mädchen, 2014 (Diana Scherer).
Using a number of self-crafted books as examples, van Zoetendaal will focus his presentation on the relationship between the photographic image and the book as a structure and/or carrier, as well as discussing the daily worries and annoyances of a designer and curator, dealing with both clients and publishers.
The lecture will be held in Dutch. Registration for the event is not required. Afterwards you can join us for dinner at Studio/K (at your own costs). Looking forward to see you on April the 2nd.
The activities program of De Monsterkamer is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL.
- 17:00 Drinks
- 18:00 Presentation Willem van Zoetendaal
- 18:30 Q&A
- 19:00 Drinks