Practice: Curator, Critic, and Educator
Date of Lecture: 2012-02-02
Noted Dutch curator, critic and educator, Bas Vroege, spoke on the postwar evolution of documentary photographic practice in Holland with a stress on recent cross-disciplinary and inter-media developments.
Bas Vroege (b 1958) studied Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and photography at Academie St. Joost in Breda (NL). He co-founded and directed Perspektief, centre for photography in Rotterdam, and the Fotografie Biennale Rotterdam from 1980-1992. He acted as the director in chief of Perspektief Magazine from 1980-1995.
Vroege founded Paradox in 1993 and has been the organisation’s director since. Paradox produces photography-related multiplatform projects (exhibitions, books, films, websites) driven by a social agenda such as Go No Go (on migration in Europe with photographer Ad van Denderen and filmmaker Marjoleine Boonstra, 2003), The Last Days of Shishmaref (on global warming, with photographer Dana Lixenberg and filmmaker Jan Louter, 2009) and ANGRY (group show on radicalisation, 2011). As an independent curator, he has been responsible for a number of cross-media festivals and exhibitions. For the 2009 Noorderlicht International Photo Festival, he curated the exhibition, Multivocal Histories.
Vroege has lectured since 2003 in editorial and curatorial practice at the Masters in Film and Photographic Studies (MaFPS) at the University Leiden. He is member of the International Board of Advisors of the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing, China) and of the Supervisory Board of World Press Photo (Amsterdam).
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