Exhibition Photography in Bloemhof (2022)
‘Photography – People – Nature – Architecture’.
This first exhibition of 2022 in Landhuis Bloemhof is a group-show, featuring work by the local photographers Monique Harbers, Henk Leue, Bea Moedt, Brett Russel and Ellen Spijkstra.
The exhibition opened Saturday, February 5, 2022. It will remain till March 5, 2022.
As stated in the title, the work of the 5 photographers focusses on people, nature and architecture. The exhibition is divided into 5 sections, one for each participant. Each one has their own style in photography and presentation. Monique Harbers’ work of withering leaves against a blueish background are delicate in style and contrast. Henk Leue zooms in on nature objects, revealing their remarkable structures and soft colors. The series in black and white by Bea Moedt of international stars during performances in Curaçao, are dramatic and yet glimpse the person behind the artist. Brett Russel captured people in their private rituals, up close and almost as if we were present ourselves at the occasion. The impressive architectural series by Ellen Spijkstra shows alleys, doors and hallways, in a beautiful game of lines, color and light.
Monique Harbers takes underwater photos and loves shooting nature, ruins and architecture. Her work has been shown in many exhibitions, in both the Netherlands and Curaçao. She has had a solo exhibition in muZEEum in Vlissingen and in the Curacaohuis in the Hague. In Curaçao she exhibited her work also in the artist lounge of the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival. In 2005 and 2006 Monique did several photography courses at Fotogram Amsterdam. She has been living in Curaçao since 2009. Her first exhibition was in 2012. Click here for the artist’ website.
Henk Leue’s interest for photography started in 1978, with a very simple camera and lens. At that time he was living in the Netherlands, where he had settled down in 1966. He developed his own photographs in a dark room. Henk relocated to Curaçao in 1979, where he continued with his passion for photography. He has photographed many events and has received various prizes. Henk enjoys capturing nature and has a preference for country houses.
Bea Moedt is a self-taught photographer. She has been living in Curaçao since 1993. The island inspired her to pick up the camera, roam around and start taking photographs. She is keen on capturing the emotions of people. She photographed events like Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival as a press-photographer. Her personal favorite topics are animals, nature and airplanes. Bea has published photo books and has won various prizes for her work. Click here for pictures of Curaçao by Bea Moedt.
Brett Russel was born in Curaçao in 1982. At 18 years old, he moved to the Netherlands where he studied human movement sciences. He has been a professional photographer since 2010 and is currently based in Curaçao. For Brett photography started as a hobby, and he would shoot special events like weddings, and nature. At present he works in advertising and is specialized in portrait- and fine art photography. He finds his inspiration in the local culture, music like hip hop and jazz, and contemporary art. His work has been exhibited in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, Berlin, and San Francisco.
Ellen Spijkstra is an acclaimed professional artist and has on many occasions represented Curaçao at international visual art events. In the beginning her focus was on ceramics and photography was just one of her favorite hobbies. Her career as a professional photographer started by chance, when she submitted a photograph for a local contest and ended up winning the first prize. Prompted by this succes she started to exhibit her photographic work. She has exhibited her photographs internationally and has been selected for many private commissions.
Ellen Spijkstra studied ceramics at the Minerva Academy for fine arts in Groningen, the Netherlands. She studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York. Ellen has been living in Curaçao since 1980. Ceramics and photography are both her profession and passion. Click here for the artist’ website.
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