New artistic team for BredaPhoto Festival 2024

While we are working on the exhibition Birds in collaboration with the Grote Kerk Breda, the BredaPhoto team has also started preparations for the BredaPhoto Festival 2024. We are proud to have Mohamed Somji and Ileana Selejan join us as co-curators for the upcoming edition. Meet our artistic team:
Dr. Ileana L. Selejan

Dr. Ileana L. Selejan is a writer, researcher and curator, currently Lecturer in Art History, Culture and Society at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. A member of the PhotoDemos research collective and of the experimental arts collective kinema ikon, she has held curatorial, research and teaching positions at various institutions including the Department of Anthropology at University College London, the Decolonising Arts Institute at UAL, Central Saint Martins, The Davis Museum at Wellesley College, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and the Parsons School of Design.

Mohamed Somji

Mohamed Somji is a curator and the Director of Gulf Photo Plus (GPP), a Dubai-based gallery and community organization cultivating visual practices in photography in the UAE, and across the wider MENASA region since 2004. As part of GPP’s commitment to developing visual and critical literacy, the organization engages the community with regular educational and art programming, exhibitions of work from and about the region and providing resources for photographers from film developing and processing to fine art printing, a photobook store and more. Mohamed is also a practicing documentary photographer whose practice locates and probes schisms in contemporary life, challenging the status quo with sensitive, critical commentary on the politics of representation.

Reinout van den Bergh

Reinout van den Bergh has been a curator at BredaPhoto since 2006. He also leads the BredaPhoto International Talent Programme. He studied at the St Joost Art Academy in Breda and has worked as a photographer and audiovisual designer since 1982. In that capacity, he travelled through Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the US and Latin America. His work has been exhibited in several museums in Eastern and Western Europe and Africa, and published in various media and books.

Astrid Hulsmann

Astrid Hulsmann works as a curator and communication manager at BredaPhoto. Previously she has been working at Kunstmuseum & Fotomuseum Den Haag. She’s a guest tutor at art academies, writes on contemporary photography and organises photography talks as a board member of PictureThis. She holds a Master’s degree in Art History.

Jan Schaerlackens

Jan Schaerlackens is part of BredaPhoto’s artistic team as art director. He has a background in visual arts and architecture. Since 2014 he has also been in charge of education for primary and secondary schools.

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