Tonia Stieljes: model and activist

Singer Laren




Singer Laren shows the life of (role) model: Tonia Stieltjes (1881-1932). Model of Jan Sluijters, best friend of Mondriaan, but above all a well-known trade union leader. Around 1900, she quickly became a beloved example of the largest group of working women in the Netherlands: the domestic servants.

In the exhibition, curated by art historian Esther Schreuder, in addition to works of art from Jan Sluijters, Wim Schuhmacher and documentary material, an important part of Tonia's life will be depicted by two contemporary artists: Iris Kensmil and Brian Elstak.

Curation and research: Esther Schreuder

Photos: Suzanne Ophof


European Cultural Foundation


255 × 175 mm / offset print


The fourth issue of Common Ground, the annual magazine of the European Cultural Foundation, created to celebrate Europe Day. Europe Day is celebrated on May 9, since on that date in 1950 a statement (the Schuman declaration) was made by French foreign minister Robert Schuman. It proposed to place French and West German production of coal and steel under one common High Authority. This organization would be open to participation of other Western European countries. This cooperation was to be designed in such a way as to create common interests between European countries which would lead to gradual political integration, a condition for the pacification of relations between them. It was the beginning of what would become our current European Union. 

Robert Schuman: ‘Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.’

Cover Photo: Patricia Morosan


Desiré van den Berg


305 × 245 mm / offset print


'Entre' is a docufiction about the Entrepotbrug, a special building above the Borneohaven in Amsterdam East where photographer Desiré van den Berg has lived in recent years. The book contains five years of images: the winding building that has a retro-futuristic character through the round windows and spiral staircases, captured in all seasons, with the changing skies above, but also glimpses into the lives behind the outer walls through still lifes of interiors and portraits of her neighbours.

The book contains 114 photographs, interspersed with drawings by the architect, and notes by the photographer in Dutch describing the thought process surrounding the work over the years.

Project and photos: Désire van den Berg
Text: Rolien Zonneveld

Close-up photos: The Book Photographer

Cas Oorthuys

Verzetsmusem Amsterdam




Dutch photographer and resister Cas Oorthuys (1908–1975) takes hundreds of photos during the Second World War. This exhibition surveys his work and tells the resistance photographer’s story with the benefit of new historical research.

Photography is permitted in the Netherlands during the occupation until November 1944, although restrictions apply to military sites and objects. While Cas works legally for clients, he also photographs resisters and their activities. When a general ban on photography is announced in 1944, Cas carries on taking photos, clandestinely recording the famine of the so-called Hunger Winter. As Cas recalls after the war: “I suppose we never really discuss it (…) So many of our friends died. You lie awake thinking about it. That constant fear of the doorbell ringing, it never goes away.

The exhibition mixes their stories which relate to love, colonial heritage, migration for studies, and safety issues and shows how Amsterdam turned into a very diverse city in which people sometimes have much more in common in their history than you would think at first sight. 

Spatial design: Rogier Martens

Photos: Zindzi Zwietering