2 February – 8 March, 2020
Opening 2 February, 4 – 7 p.m.
Schilt Publishing & Gallery is pleased to announce To Hans, an exhibition by Vivian Keulards.
Addiction is still a big taboo. With this project, Vivian Keulards breaks her silence around the addiction and death of her brother Hans. Years after his death, she went in search for answers. Why did he get addicted and she didn’t, how did he feel and could she have done anything? Her brother Hans was only 38 years old when he died in a hotel room in Berlin. His sudden cardiac arrest was caused by drugs. His death is a fact, the way he died a taboo.
This project is a personal story with a universal mission: to show the human being behind addiction. To show it’s only a thin line between being addicted and not.
Vivian Keulards is a Dutch conceptual portrait photographer. She graduated in 2009 from the Fotoacademie Amsterdam. Her fascination for images and photography started earlier though. During her Communication Science studies at the KUN (University of Nijmegen, master’s degree in 1995) she mainly focused on visual culture and imaging; she also loved to print in the darkroom.
Vivian’s portrait series are often created over a longer period of time and are narrative (conceptual). Children, adolescents and vulnerable groups are recurring subjects in her photography. Her series can be documentary or based on fine-art. Therefore, her work is shown on different platforms like photo festivals, galleries, newspapers and magazines. Her portraits have been published, exhibited and rewarded internationally and are part of public and private collections.
The book To Hans, is published by Schilt Publishing and available in English and Dutch edition. The book will be presented at the opening.