NEWsOctober 2020 // Workshop with JH Engström on Santorini
In October I was part of a five days intensive workshop, organized by Art Foto Mode, held on the Greek island Santorini. I'm currently working out the thoughts and lessons that came to the surface during this interesting week.
August 2020 // Article on my artist residency in Witte Rook
This summer I have stayed over and worked at the AnnAtopiA Boshut, an Artist in Residence in the forests of Baarle-Nassau. For online artistplatform Witte Rook I wrote an article about my working process during the residency period.
"De boshut, het oude vervallen huis naast het boshuis, is fijn om als atelier te gebruiken. Vooraf heb ik veel prints gemaakt van nieuw werk, waaronder een serie foto’s van ontdekkingen tijdens wandelingen (Slow Adventure) en de eerste reis van mij en vriend Pjotr vorige zomer. Ik zoek nog naar een concept of vorm om dit werk te presenteren. Hoe maak ik vakantiefoto’s tot meer dan wat ik erin zie en bij voel? Ik spreid alles uit over tafels en vloer, om te schuiven met selecties en verbanden te zien. Ik onderzoek mijn visuele taal en het maakt meer lagen zichtbaar."
Read more (in Dutch): www.witterook.nu/artikelen/monique-van-de-wijdeven-in-annatopia-oefenen-voor-de-post-apocalypsMay 2020 // Publication in special edition of KONT Magazine
During the first weeks of Covid-19 virus, I made a lot of walks in nature and this became a bigger part of my daily life. I realized the virus is only just a natural phenomenon. We are also part of nature, but for long, we have placed ourselves above or outside it. We don’t accept that death is part of life. Taking risks is part of life. As a species, we surely will survive.
A preview of this new work has been published in a special edition of KONT Magazine, which was launched in May 2020. The zine contains contributions of 28 artists and is a reaction, in paper form, to the uninvited guest that showed up at our doorstep: Corona. The zine was an alternative project for a KONT Slow Date evening, using mail and phone.
You can buy it here.
July 2019 // Participation in International Summer School of Photography, Latvia
I was selected to participate in ISSP 2019 in Latvia. Between 12 and 20 July, I've worked on my photographic work during the workshop 'The personal as policital' by Natasha Caruana. We reflected upon the role of the photographer as an individual, and techniques by which we could share the current global state and use our work to engage others. The results of the week were presented in the pop-up exhibition "This is Important" in Villa Manor, Zalenieki.
Participants: Agnieszka Sejud (PL), Alvin Lau (MY), Augustine Paredes (PH), Caroline Lusseaux (FR), Dania Hany (EG) - Recipient of Tandem Network Scholarship, Ivan Petrokovich (RU), Jessica Wolfelsperger (DE/CH), Keiji Fujimoto (JP) - Recipient of Higashikawa Town of Photography Scholarship, Monique van de Wijdeven (NL), Nastassja Nefjodov (DE/NL), Nathalie Bjorneby (NO).