Paradox is based in Edam (20 kilometres north of Amsterdam). The not for profit organisation develops projects around contemporary issues with documentary authors: photographers, filmmakers, visual artists, writers and researchers. Paradox does not programme its own exhibition space but collaborates with venues in the Netherlands and abroad.
Since 1993 Paradox has developed more than 40 distinctive activities, travelling to some 120 venues worldwide.
Paradox was founded in 1993 with the aim of stimulating the development in photography. To reach this, Paradox produces travelling exhibitions, organises symposia and publishes audiovisual, digital and printed publications. The recording of history as it is unfolding, and the interaction between social, economic and technical factors, with the changes in society which flow from these changes, are recurring aspects in both our thematic and monographic projects.
Within these projects we experiment explicitly with multimedia forms of presentation, and the interaction between different disciplines (photography, film, audio, writing) as well as platforms (exhibitions, websites, books, DVDs, tablet Apps and educational programmes). Our main goal is to reach a wide audience without losing the nuances that the addressed social issues require. This is the main reason behind our multiplatform strategy: one reaches a different audience with a diversity of platforms. But the synergy between different media as well as platforms also creates new experiences for an audience, raising questions in unexpected ways. Furthermore it challenges the notions and conventions around the presentation of (photographic) material leading to experiments mixing of old and new technology, media and platforms.
Paradox seeks partners in realizing these kind of projects, in particular publishers, designers and partner institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. Exhibitions are created in close collaboration with museums and as a result travel to a broad variety of institutions, both nationally and internationally. Past projects include: (Alter) Ego Documents (Amsterdam, 1995), Avatar (Amsterdam, 1998), >Play (Carel van Hees, 2001, Rotterdam/Ludwigshafen), East Wind, West Wind (Bertien van Manen, 2001, Rotterdam/Paris/Chicago,) Go No Go (Ad van Denderen, 2003, Amsterdam/Vienna/Rennes/Paris/Sofia), Why Mister, Why? (Geert van Kesteren, 2005, Rotterdam/Arles/Krakow/Mannheim), The Wars (Oscar van Alphen, 2008, Rotterdam/Mannheim), The Last Days of Shishmaref (Jan Louter/Dana Lixenberg, 2008, Rotterdam), So Blue, So Blue – Edges of the Mediterranean (Ad van Denderen, 2008, Rotterdam/Winterthur) and WATW (various artists, 2009, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou).
Until 2009 Paradox was entirely project-financed thanks to a number of loyal funders and sponsors, including the VSBFund, SNS Reaal Fund, the Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund, the Sem Presser Archive and the Mondriaan Foundation. Paradox received structural support from the Mondriaan Foundation for 2009-2011 and for the year 2012, as well as for 2013-2014. We are able to realize our projects with additional support of the above mentioned cultural funds.
Willem Woudenberg (founder and consultant at Brand Dialogue, associate at Fabrique), Edwin Jacobs (director Centraal Museum, Utrecht), Rob van der Laarse (Professor of War Heritage, VU University Amsterdam and Professor of Heritage Studies, University of Amsterdam, currently a fellow at NIAS for Terrorscapes: Transnational Memory of Totalitarian Terror and Genocide in Postwar Europe)
Bas Vroege (director), Iris Sikking
Poppy-Trails of Afghan Heroin - Robert Knoth & Antoinette de Jong, ANGRY: Young&Radical - various artists, Slow Journalism - various artists, The Last Days of Shishmaref & Jan Louter – Dana Lixenberg, Go No Go / So Blue So Blue – Ad van Denderen, Britanya – Marjoleine Boonstra
Look at me... - Monica Nouwens, Indelible Images- Koen Wessing, Spectator - Theo Niekus, Tokyo Symphony - Ed van der Elsken, The Wars - Oscar van Alphen, Greenhouse - Xavier Ribas, LONG LIVE ME! – Ed van der Elsken
The Netherlands Off The Shelf / European Fields - Hans van der Meer, OFFSIDE - Dirk-Jan Visser & Arthur Huizinga, Occupation Soldier - Ad van Denderen, WATW - various artists, Five Stories - Anastasia Khoroshilova
Via PanAm - Kadir van Lohuizen
Hedy van Erp
MEWE - Koos Breukel
NIMBY - various artists
PR&Communication X and Ydoc
Paradox is supported by the Mondriaan Foundation for its program in 2013 and 2014.
| Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst
| Apple Benelux, Bunnik
| Beam Systems
| Centre National de l'Audiovisuel, 'Mosaïque Programme', Luxemburg
| Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam
| CoBO Foundation
| Cordaid, Den Haag
| Dar Emar, Damascus
| De Bussy Ellerman Harms BV
| EU Culture 2000
| Evert Stichting, Utrecht
| Eyes on Media
| Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten
| Fonds BJP
| Fonds BKVB
| Fonds Cultuurparticipatie
| G.Ph. Verhagen Stichting
| Gemeente Rotterdam (Onderwijs- en Jeugdbeleid)
| Gemeente Rotterdam Kunst en Cultuur
| Gemeente Rotterdam Ontwikkelingsbedrijf
| Gemeentearchief Rotterdam
| Goethe-Institut Nederland
| Hollandse Hoogte
| Ideëel Organiseren, Amsterdam
| KIT Publishers, Amsterdam
| Las Palmas
| Mac Support, Uitgeest/Amsterdam
| Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties
| Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken
| Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie
| Mondriaan Fonds
| Mondriaan Stichting
| Netherlands China Arts Foundation
| Netherlands Film Fund
| OCenW Ministerie van Onderwijs Cultuur en Wetenschappen
| Pax Christi
| Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
| Radio Rijnmond, Rotterdam
| Rotterdam 2001
| Rotterdam 2001 Culturele Hoofdstad van Europ
| Rotterdam Climate Initiative
| Rotterdam Film Fund
| Rotterdamse Kunststichting
| SNS REAAL Fonds
| Stad Rotterdam Verzekeringen, Rotterdam
| Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht
| Stichting Democratie & Media
| Stichting DOEN
| Stichting Fonds Anna Cornelis
| Stichting Mera-Middle East Research Associates
| Stichting Sem Presser Archief
| VSB Fonds
Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam), Photographers Gallery (London, UK), Ludwig Museum (Budapest, Hungary), Museum for Contemporary Photography (Chicago, USA), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago (Chile), Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing, China), FOAM (Amsterdam, NL), GAM (Santiago, Chile), Fotomuseum (Den Haag), MUDAM (Luxembourg), Centraal Museum (Utrecht), Noorderlicht (Groningen), Dutch Doc (Amsterdam), CRAC (Sète, France)
Hatje Cantz Verlag, YdocPublishing, Steidl, Mets & Schilt, Actes Sud, Edition Braus, post editions
Graphic design: Henrik Barends, Mevis & Van Deursen, Yvo Zijlstra/ Antenna-men, Roelof Mulder, Kummer & Herrman, Sabine Verschueren and others
Installation design and editing: Jeroen de Vries, Peter Claassen/ Maarzicht, TomDavid Architecten
Sound design: Mark Glynne/ Anthill Sound Design, Wart Wamsteker
Evgenia Sveshinksy, Tjitske Boogmans, Taco Hide Bakker, Asmara Pelupessy
Bas Vroege (b 1958) studied economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam (1976-1979, BA) and photography at Art Academy St. Joost in Breda (1979-1981). From 1981-1993 he was director of Perspektief, Centre for photography in Rotterdam, and the Fotografie Biënnale Rotterdam (1988-1992), realising three editions of this festival: Questioning Europe, Oppositions and Wasteland. He also acted as the editor in chief of Perspektief Magazine from 1980-1995.
Vroege founded Paradox in 1993 and has been the organisation's director since. As an independent curator, he has been responsible for a number of cross-media festivals and exhibitions such as: Obsessions – From Wunderkammer to Cyberspace (Foto Biënnale Enschede, 1995), Digital Territories (Rotterdam Festivals/DEAF, 1996), Avatar (dealing with the notion of the multiple personality in digital society, 1998, Amsterdam) and EXPERIENCE (co-curated with Frits Gierstberg, Foto Biënnale Rotterdam, 2003).
For the University of Sunderland (UK) and the International Photography Research Network (IPRN), he curated a symposium on the representation of work in photography in 2005. As an advisor he has worked for several institutions such as the Mondriaan Foundation, the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture , the MFA photography programme at St.Joost Academy in Breda, the BFA photography programme at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague and the Masters in Photographic Studies (MaPS) at the University of Leiden, where he currently lectures in curatorial practice.
He was a board member of ISEA (Inter Society for Electronic Arts), and is currently member of the International Board of Advisors of the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing, China) and he has been a member of the Supervisory Board of World Press Photo (Amsterdam).
As a photographer he had a number of international shows, held mainly between 1980-1990. His work can be found in a number of public collections, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Iris Sikking (1968) is photo historian and curator. After she completed her studies at the Dutch Film Academy (1994), she worked as a freelance editor on documentaries for film and television. In 2005 she graduated from the Masters in Photographic Studies at the University of Leiden and founded the ICON (Images in Context) Foundation with Hedy van Erp. Her graduation project, research into the representation of the baby in photography from 1840 to the present, formed the basis for the exhibition BABY: Picturing the Ideal Human 1840s-Now that was shown in the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam, NL) and the National Media Museum (Bradford, UK).
In 2006 she started as project manager at Paradox, and in 2009 she became a member of the board. She was responsible for various traveling exhibitions, and produced the multi-platform project The Last Days of Shishmarefby Dana Lixenberg and Jan Louter. After 2010 she curated and produced the thematic project
ANGRY: Young and Radical with a selection of 30 international artists, and the book and audiovisual installation Poppy-Trails of Afghan Heroin by Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong.
Currently she develops new projects for ICON and Paradox. As an ongoing project she conducts research on online multimedia strategies by photographers including interactive documentaries, and on Slow Journalism as a documentary practice. Besides presentations and lectures on her own projects she provides workshops for editing lineair productions for photographers, Mid 2012 she started teaching at the Film Department of the Art Academy St.Joost in Breda.
Frank Ortmanns (1977) followed a master’s degree with a media sociology major and philosophy minor. Subsequently following he graduated with an MA in Photographic Studies at the University in Leiden, researching the life and work of Ed van der Elsken in relation to Japan. As a junior project manager and photo editor he has been actively involved in the digital restoration of Oscar van Alphen´s The Wars and the installation Greenhouse by Xavier Ribas. He curated the exhibition Tokyo Symphony and was responsible for the travelling exhibition Indelible Images by Koen Wessing. Currently he is working on various cross media projects related to photography under the label Grace Imaging together with exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries. For Paradox, he is editing the audiovisual installation with Monica Nouwens. He works together frequently with Jeroen de Vries on the exhibition design and installations e.g. Coal and Ice, a huge mutlimedia project in China, in close collaboration with Susan Meiselas.
Valentijn Brandt (1981) graduated in Photography at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague (Bachelor of Arts, 2005) with a photo documentary on ‘rural car racing’ and a thesis on ‘strategies for street photography’. Subsequently he studied Sociology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (Bachelor of Science, 2008) and graduated with a thesis and analysis on ‘Indicators for identification with regions’. By the end of 2008 he joined Paradox as a junior project manager, in addition to his career as photographer. He has been responsible for the publications and exhibitions OFFSIDE and The Netherlands Off the shelf. Currently he is doing research for Krimp with Luuk Kramer and Johan Nieuwenhuize. He also works as a photographer for different Dutch media.
Laura Verduijn (1979) graduated in 2005 with a MA in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. During and after her studies she worked as a project manager at the education department of World Press Photo, organizing training programs in countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia and Iran. Following she was a communications consultant at Vandejong, Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam being among many of its clients. Laura joined Paradox in June 2010, as a project manager for Via PanAm and is currently involved with the production of the book and the traveling exhibition, to be launched in 2013. Laura also works for Dutch Doc Photo, organizing the yearly Dutch Doc Award and other activities.
Evgenia Sveshinsky (1980) was responsible for the visual research on ANGRY. She has joined the team once again to work on Slow Journalism, in January 2011. Originally from Russia, Evgenia moved to Israel at 17, where she studied photography and video at Bezalil Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Hereafter she worked as a freelance photographer and assistant curator in Tel Aviv and Moscow. Early 2010 Evgenia graduated from the Master in Photographic Studies at Leiden University, during which she interned at the photography department of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. She now works as a freelance researcher and curator, based in Amsterdam. Recently she initiated the Dutch Photography Experience with FotoDepartament in St.Petersburg, Russia.
Asmara Pelupessy (1981)
is a freelance researcher, writer and curator in photography and visual culture. She joined the Via PanAm team in 2011 and 2012. Asmara received her MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Leiden, during which time she interned at NOOR Images and worked at World Press Photo. She is co-founder of UNFIXED Projects and has co-edited the publication, UNFIXED: Photography, postcolonial perspectives and contemporary art, http://www.unfixedprojects.org
. Since the summer of 2012 she has started to work again at World Press Photo.
Hedy van Erp