Bertien van Manen – Photographer

Video, 55 minutes
HDV, 4:3, colour, stereo

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Beyond the Image – Bertien van Manen and Friends
Exhibition – 29 Feb until 9 Aug 2020

The Stedelijk pays an unusual tribute to Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen (The Hague, 1942) an icon of contemporary photography. Although her work has been collected for decades by museums like the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, this will be the first major survey of her oeuvre in the world.
The work of Bertien van Manen is well represented in the Stedelijk collection. It is a highly autobiographical visual diary, in which she mirrors, examines and rediscovers her life in different ways, in those of others. Many of her series are long running projects for which she revisits places and people and develops close relationships with communities throughout the world. In close liaison with Van Manen, the exhibition will combine each of her series with the work of another photographer, fourteen in total, including Nan Goldin, Boris Mikhailov and Rineke Dijkstra. This offers a counterpoint to Van Manen’s work, providing it with a broader context, emphasis, contrast or counterbalance.

The Film is based on our journey to Central Siberia, February, 1994 and on the films Prisyadim na Dorozhku, 1995, and Siberian Diary – Days at Apanas, 2003

Original title Bertien van Manen – Photographer
English title Bertien van Manen – Photographer
With Bertien van Manen, Volodja Sjabankov, a.o.
Produced by Michael Pilz
Shooting time February and March, 1994
Shooting locations Apanas near Novokuznetsk, Central Siberia
Cinematography by Michael Pilz
Original Sound by Michael Pilz
Original language Russian, English, Dutch
Subtitles English
Music Tibor Szemzö a.o.
Edited by Michael Pilz

Austria 1994/2020

First public screening Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, February–August, 2020, part of the exhibition Beyond the Image – Bertien van Manen and Friends

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