Marijke exhibits her more Avant Garde work at Amsterdam International Fashion Week

Location: Prins Hendrikkade 33, 1012 TM Amsterdam

Marijke and 4 other photographers; Daisy Komen, Elena Kulikova, Hanneke Kuijpers and Hanneke van Leeuwen were invited to exhibit their work at the “Fashion Re/Considered: Young emerging talents in fashion photography” exhibition hosted by Fashion Week.

The mission of Marijke Willems is to be considered in her own words:

“to treat fashion as art and therefore I shoot fashion in a way that I can create a concept around the clothes and not see or portray it as just another advertisement. My mission includes emphasizing the love and passion I have for photography and fashion and therefore see and reveal it in a different way that will inspire and seek attention by extremes”.

For Marijke the exhibition was a huge success with the print on the far right already selling at the exhibition.
 

Fashion Re/Discovered
Young emerging talents in fashion photography

Marijke Willems, Daisy Komen, Elena Kulikova, Hanneke Kuijpers and Hanneke van Leeuwen.

Locatie: Prins Hendrikkade 33, 1012 TM Amsterdam
Opening: zaterdag 20 januari 18.00 – 20.00 uur
Openingstijden: 21 t/m 28 januari 12.00 – 17.00 uur

Vijf jonge vrouwelijke talenten in fotografie, allen twintigers, worden gepresenteerd in de tijdelijke, experimentele expositieruimte van de Stichting Amsterdam Photo. Zij laten op een oorspronkelijke wijze tendensen zien in hedendaagse modefotografie. Vanuit hun persoonlijke perspectief worden vormen van introvertie en ultra-individualisme verkent. Reflecties van een dagelijkse beleving worden scherp weergeven door een hyperrealiteit verworden tot een gedifferentieerde, unieke beeldtaal. Op deze wijze zijn de verschillende statements een spannende en verassende dwarsdoorsnede van een perceptie van een nieuwe generatie.

Curator van de expositie Hans-Peter Schoonenberg is tevens organisator van de tweejaarlijkse internationale fotografiemanifestatie Grid.

Hanneke Kuijpers (1977) werkt en woont in Amsterdam en Berlijn. Zij is afgestudeerd in fotografie en film aan de Academie St. Joost in Breda en haalde haar master in fine arts aan het Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. Haar werk richt zich vooral op fotografie, performance, en mixed media installaties. In het middelpunt van haar werk staat altijd de mens, vaak in interactie met de kunstenaar zelf. In de vorm van portretten, zelfportretten, verhalen, bizarre fantasie├źn en ijskoude esthetiek.

‘Kuijpers zet de menselijke beschaving naar haar hand, speelt ermee, kantelt deze, maakt deze zwarter of witter, laat haar ontleedmes erop los. Alsof ze zeggen wil: kijk eens hoeveel meer er in de doodgewone mens zit dan hijzelf of zijn omgeving ooit hadden gedacht. Haar mensen-combi’s zijn als met een vervreemdende waas omhuld, waardoor de beelden meer worden dan de som van de geportretteerde individuen. Ze vormen verhalen zonder verhalen op te dringen. Ze hebben een aangenaam meerduidige zeggingskracht.’:  (Annemieke Hendriks)

 

Marijke Willems (1981) started her professional career in South Africa where she worked as an assistant for a well-known photographer, and during this period she did her own photo shoots for different model agencies, including Heads Models to name one. One of her favourite photo shoots was done for a junior hairstylist that won the Redken Awards for Junior Hairstylist. Some of her work has also been published in South African magazines.

She came to the Netherlands in 2005 to enhance her studies in photography where she got a degree at the Foto Academie Amsterdam in Mode Reklame.

Currently she is working with well-known Dutch Photographers here in the Netherlands. Some of her work over the last year includes photo shoots for Ali-B, Yes-R, Lady D, the new styling school of Steven Dahlberg and other model agencies in the Netherlands.

The mission of Marijke Willems is to be considered in her own words: “to treat fashion as art and therefore I shoot fashion in a way that I can create a concept around the clothes and not see or portray it as just another advertisement. My mission includes emphasizing the love and passion I have for photography and fashion and therefore see and reveal it in a different way that will inspire and seek attention by extremes”.

Daisy Komen is in 2005 afgestudeerd aan de Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Den Haag en nu al beschouwd als jong aanstormend fotografietalent. Canon International heeft haar onlangs ontdekt en ze is geselecteerd als finalist voor de internationale fotocompetitie Shots Young Photographers. Haar modische foto’s zijn vaak projecties van eigen gevoelens en emoties. Zij is in haar werk altijd op zoek naar de spanning tussen toeschouwer en model.

 

Elena Kulikova (1985) Born in Russia and growing up in eastern Europe she came to the United States in 1995 to settle in San Francisco. She began modeling at the age of 17, and after several years pursued her passion for photography.

Her experience as a model/actress, lends great insight and depth into her photographic work; as she has a deep understanding for what it means to ‘become' someone else. And that greatly influences how she is able to articulate her vision to her models and subjects she photographs.  At the moment, her style of photography is a reflection of who Elena is as a young woman: sensual, honest, and playful. At 21 years old she is still  evolving and finding her voice, and her style reflects that, and is  changing as well.  She now resides in Amsterdam.
Recent clients and features include Virgin, CODE Magazine, BarLife Magazine, Casting Magazine, Iconique Fashion Magazine, Picture Magazine NY, Look-Look Magazine and Blir Magazine

In her statement Elena Kulikova ”wishes her photographs to manifest the true beauty of life. An evocative sensuality, playfulness, and deliciousness in her photographs through the eyes of a young but maturing woman”.

Hanneke van Leeuwen (1984), is working as a full-time professional photographer since a few years.

The best to describe her point of view and work is to take notice of her own perception on photography: “To communicate in words is more difficult for me than to show through images how I feel. Because of this, photography has become of great importance to me; my voice to say who I am.

Through my work I want to deliver a message, without forcing it upon others. Therefore it is important to me that people can give their own interpretation about what might be going on in a photo. My work contains a lot of nudity. To me a naked human being is at its most beautiful, because it is the most natural form: fragile and strong at the same time. And above all there is honesty. There are no ways to cover up who you are, when naked. Naturally, people often do not like this because of the imperfection that might show through. I do not agree. Being imperfect is a way of being perfect, and more glorious than societies opinion of what perfection might be today.