Hi, welcome to my blog.
I am Lilith, a story-teller fascinated by photography.
A couple of years ago I began writing stories in words. In 2006 I started using self-portraits to tell my tales.
Themes: Women, identity, female archetypes, vulnerability, gender bending and life itself.
Above all: Freedom and equality.
Earlier posts can be found in the archives (click the tabs on top of the homepage to get there).
Mankind is vulnerability incarnate. One can easily wound this creature, severely if one wishes. This is frightening. What lies around the next corner? Today’s online revolution makes this question even more loaded. A whole new world is at the disposal of people with an evil mind. At the same time kind-heartedness is being given wings like never before. For me as an artist vulnerability represents the ultimate goodness. My art, every single self-portrait, is a reconnoitring expedition to discover delicacy carried by a human being. By me. Every image is a step forward. Through my photography I rediscover faith in humanity.
Guess which one of both covers for Mob Fiction Magazine wasn't approved by Apple? It's supposed to be the cover of Issue #3 in which my work will be showcased, probably released in May 2014. It’s available for iPads and Macs.
View the second issue here read on >>
A real baker visited me today. Thanks Hay, you're sweet beyond words. I love you. read on >>
published on 02.07.2014, 0 reactions
Meet&greet met Lilith
Op zaterdag 15 februari aanstaande is kunstfotografe Lilith in het Limburgs Museum voor een meet&greet. Het museum toont momenteel haar bijzondere fototentoonstelling 'A house is not a home'. De thema’s van de expositie zijn tegelijkertijd eigentijds als tijdloos: het zelfportret en het interieur. Lilith is van 13 uur tot 17 uur aanwezig. Heb je haar altijd al persoonlijk iets willen vragen? Koop je graag een gesigneerd fotoboek? Wil je meer weten over de geëxposeerde zelfportretten uit deze serie? Wil je met Lilith op de foto? Het kan op zaterdagmiddag 15 februari aanstaande.
Voor haar project Lilith in da House zocht ze begin 2012 het avontuur van een onbekende omgeving. In de media deed ze een oproep. Ze vroeg aan vreemden hun woning een dag beschikbaar te stellen, zodat zij er kenmerkende ‘Lilith zelfportretten’ kon maken. Tientallen huiseigenaren reageerden. De fotograaf bezocht de huizen, vaak van onbekende mensen die op dat moment zelf afwezig waren. In goed vertrouwen gaven ze haar zowel de huissleutel als carte blanche. In de decors ontstond een reeks intrigerende foto’s, waarvan een representatieve selectie van 25 afdrukken op groot formaat tot en met 9 maart aanstaande wordt tentoongesteld in het Limburgs Museum.
Mrs. Boombastic, 2013
Voor Lilith was ieder nieuw interieur een ontdekking en uitdaging. De uiteenlopende locaties en sferen zorgden voor een breed uitwaaierende baaierd aan artistieke mogelijkheden. Het resultaat is verrassend en tevens vertrouwd, want haar fotografie verandert weliswaar, maar blijft toch onmiskenbaar Lilith.
Henriëtte van Gasteren (Sevenum, 1964), bekend onder de kunstenaarsnaam Lilith, is een verhalenvertelster met een passie voor fotografie. Sinds 2006 laat zij haar zelfportretten voor zich spreken. Terugkerende thema’s: vrouwen, identiteit, vrouwelijke archetypen, kwetsbaarheid, gender bending en het leven zelf. Maar met name vrijheid en gelijkheid. Openingstijden en entree Limburgs Museum
5911 BX Venlo
Zaterdag 15 februari breng ik mijn camera, statief, afstandsbediening mee naar de Meet&Greet bij Limburgs Museum (van 1-5 uur). Dus als je samen met me op de foto wilt moet je wel zelf op het knopje drukken. read on >>
Dodho magazine collaborates with photographers from around the world in a space open to the most inspiring stories in the photography world.
Click the image below to view the publication about my project 'self-portraits in strangers' houses'. read on >>
published on 01.17.2014, 0 reactions
De Telegraaf: Bizar en kwetsbaar
Click the image below for a better view. read on >>
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Blond & bril
Je bent bedankt Frans Pollux, fies menke!
Klik op het vieze plaatje hieronder om de tekst beter te kunnen lezen.
Look! My facebookfriends who supported my crowdfunding project are showing their happiness about my book 'A house is not a home'.
In case you would like to order your own copy please mail me: email@example.com read on >>
published on 12.04.2013, 0 reactions
Opening Art.Room Roermond (Nl)
The opening of my exhibition 'Art.room meets Lilith' was very well attended. Many people, much emotion, many loving words.
Deputy Mayor of the city of Roermond (Cultural Dept.) Wim Kemp has given many compliments. Thank you for your wonderful speech, Mr. Kemp.
Wim Kemp on the left
For the first time my brand new book was available.
Photo: Guillaume Ehrenfeldt
Also many (facebook)friends came to have a look at my work. Some of them traveled far.
I herewith proudly announce that Limburgs Museum purchased some of my self-portraits for its collection. They will be shown during the exhibition 'A house is not a home', starting January 10 till March 9, 2014. read on >>
published on 11.14.2013, 0 reactions
Rainy day at Beek
Still glad to have been there. Thanks Romain van Beek.
Time to announce two winners:
1. The self-portrait selected by you to be the raffle prize.
2. The winner of this raffle prize: Keha Cante
Congrats! And a big festive kiss from me for you. I will send this self-portrait together with the book you've subscribed for. read on >>
published on 11.02.2013, 0 reactions
... time's ticking. This afternoon my book 'A house is not a home' was sent to the printing company.
I would like to thank all people showing their faith in my work and me by subscribing for this book before it even exists. And especially Edwin for our superb co-operation. A big thankful hug. Tomorrow I will reveal the winner of the second raffle. But... I am still not there. Stay tuned for more interesting opportunities to become a winner by supporting me.
Working on my book to be. I've been in labour a couple of times before and this feels almost the same (without the pain though). Thanks for assisting me giving birth Edwin Smet. I couldn't do it on my own. read on >>
In the late fifties many German people came to the Netherlands to buy cheap butter, coffee etc. Friday October 11 at 19.00 hr 'Die letzte Butterfahrt' will start, a German-Dutch art project referring to those years and mainly to butter. Information can be found here.
'Action Lilith: on the edge' (2011)
was selected to be a part of the Make Believe exhibition at the Darkroom Gallery, Vermont USA opening Oct 24th, 2013.
Juror's statement by Andy Bloxham:
While looking through the submissions, I was impressed and struck by a myriad of responses to the theme. I was curious about finding work that didn't simply accept the truth of reality, and instead focused on ponderings from the imagination. There is no one way to approach this idea. Humor, such as the selections from Sita Mae and Henriette van Gasteren, can be one way to present the inner mind to the outer world. Referencing other mediums, as Michael Blase does with his heavily theatrical approach, serves as an entryway for the audience to interact. Benjamin Amend presents ideas that could only exist in dreams if not translated through photography. Rebeca Saborio shocks us with visual parables, while Melissa T. Hall takes on social commentary through visual absurdity. Regardless of each artists' pathway to realizing inner thoughts, everyone in this exhibit is make believing, and making us believe. read on >>
published on 09.25.2013, 0 reactions
The femail project
THE FEMAIL PROJECT aims to bring together Feminist artists from around the world to mail or email an image of their work to input to the creation of one large image of contemporary Feminism, on a global scale in an exhibition beginning in Birmingham, UK.
The wasteful housewife, 2011 (Part of the project)
Shop window at Reuver (The Netherlands): the local drugstore.
I hope you are pleased with the result Truus Koopmans.
I am. Especially about the additional silver 'LOVE'. read on >>
published on 09.22.2013, 0 reactions
Splendid news! Gon Buurman -whose work I admire- accepted my invitation to write the afterword for my book-of-selfportraits-to-be. We had a pleasant time yesterday. Thank you Gon. A big thankful hug and kiss from me for you. read on >>
published on 09.16.2013, 0 reactions
Quote: "Real Life" Results are in! Juried by Saul Robbins Photography. Congratulations to Henriette van Gasteren Juror's Choice "4 Risja, a story by Lilith".
Totally flabbergasted, Vermont is very good for me as I wrote before. Three of my pictures of 'Risja, a story by Lilith' are selected and one is even the Juror's choice.
Exhibition at Darkroom Gallery at Vermont USA, September 19 - October 13, 2013.
Curiouser and curiouser: photographic dreams and fictions
Please scroll down here to find my self-portrait 'Side table' (2010), part of the online exhibition 'Curiouser and curiouser: Photographic Dreams and Fictions'. The result of an international contest by VT Photo Workplace, Vermont USA.
Ah.... Vermont again is good to me. That must be a sign ;)
Juror: Blue Mitchell, editor Diffusion magazine
“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English). “Now I’m opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!” So wrote Lewis Carroll (aka Charles Lutwidge Dogson), mathematician, author and photographer. This exhibition is dedicated to the spirit of Alice, who found an alternative reality in the fiction of Wonderland. For the exhibition "Curiouser and Curiouser: Photographic Dreams and Fictions," we sought photographs that transcend the factual to suggest moments that are ethereal, magical, and wonder-filled. read on >>
published on 08.20.2013, 0 reactions
I've started a new project last Sunday and was a bit nervous before. On facebook I asked my friends to keep their fingers crossed for me. Oh my! Did I receive a lot of love and energy that day. Overwhelming.
On the photo below some witnesses to the shoot. read on >>
Phone.tography: A Juried Exhibition
In recent years, photography has taken on many new forms with the evolution of the digital world - cell phones and mobile devices in particular. Built-in cameras are becoming increasingly adequate - adding a new twist to how we define photography. Many times, these images are not intended for exhibition purposes, but rather, as a documentation of social and casual daily happenings. This quality adds a unique and very personal attachment to the images - which Vermont Center for Photography explores in this juried exhibition.
For the 4th year in a row Photography Masters Cup / International Color Awards has been good to me. I received this Certificate of Achievement concerning my self-portrait 'Lumps' by mail today.
Sculpture by Arjen Markenstein.
A great opportunity for Wies to practise her shooting skills. read on >>
published on 07.13.2013, 0 reactions
Kaltblut July 7, 2013
Proud to be in this great magazine.
Click the image to read the interview by Amanda M Jansson and me.
The online version can be found hereread on >>
published on 07.11.2013, 0 reactions
Opening night Ostrale'013, Dresden (Germany)
Back from Germany.
Dresden and Berlin gave me a very warm welcome. Ostrale started last Friday and will continue till September 15, 2013.
Cool! My selfportrait 'Bunny in the tub' could be found everywhere at Dresden. In papers, on television. Too bad I didn't bring my ears. If I had known before I would have worn them all day cruising around both cities.
Dit vraagt facebook me.
'Me niet eronder laten krijgen', antwoord ik.
En niet eronder betekent m.i. er bovenop. ;) read on >>
published on 07.11.2013, 0 reactions
'And he saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.'
Perhaps the start of a new project.
Making-of photo by Lex Hulscher.
Many thanks to Ben Schols and Marjolein Keijser.
For now our lips are sealed. ;)
Quote van de Belgische schrijver Ignace Dermaux: 'Dozen vol met Poco Pech! Die vertrekken vanaf maandag 10 juni naar de boekhandels. Joepie!
Het resultaat van de illustraties en de foto's in het boek overtreft mijn verwachtingen. Het is ontzettend mooi geworden. Geweldig werk van Wim en Hilde Van Oijstaeijen bij uitgeverij Kramat, van Roelof die het binnenwerk heeft verzorgd, van de drukker, van Lilith Love voor de foto op de cover, van Filip Naudts voor de auteursfoto's, van Fanny Mahieu voor haar geduld en nog vele anderen. Een boek schrijven is doorgaans een eenzame bezigheid. Maar een gedrukt boek in de winkels krijgen is echt teamwerk!' Unquote.
The opening of 'Risja, a story by Lilith' at Amsterdam Outsider Art Amsterdam (NL) was quite successful again. Many loving people attended. They all understood our message about lyme disease. Really heartwarming.
June 1 - 30, 2013, Nieuwe Keizersgracht 1a, Amsterdam (NL).
Aorta magazine was founded by five gentlemen who knew each other from an Internet photography forum. Five Poles with various backgrounds (IT manager, tunnel designer, two photographers and a rockstar) with a common goal – to present their photographic work to a broader audience. It soon became larger than that. Aorta’s editorial office started receiving submissions from other artists and cooperating with well-known photographers.
Today, Aorta is a non-commercial online magazine being published at the end of every second month (starting from January). We have managed to attract 12 internationally renowned photographers who will present various stories : documentary, portrait, fine-art and street photography. The area of photography does not matter much for us – what counts is a strong visual impact we can propose to our readers. Simply, Aorta - where picture matters
Why online one could ask. There are two reasons behind it. Firstly, because in todays digitalized world it is much easier to reach the target audience. Social networks are very resilient, allowing spreading anything in an instant. Secondly, because Aorta is a non-profit project and printed edition would require large outlays. We would like it happening one day, but the right time hasn’t come yet.
´GrungeCake (Marjolein Keijser) talked with Lilith Love about transformation, inspiration and masturbation.'
Quote: New: Racy Dutch photographer Lilith Love shares how she deals with criticism and the process of creating.
Quote: Meet Lilith Love, the "naughty" photographer with a purpose
Click the image to read the interview.
View the online version
Quote: We think this interview might be the interview with the most interaction in our website's history. Lilith has set a new standard at GrungeCake with over 200 likes. We thank you!read on >>
published on 05.17.2013, 0 reactions
I am sure my Nikon camera is causing this, can't think of any other reason.
Penis envy. read on >>
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Part of Twente Biënnale 2013 (eindelijk een coole Biënnale), May 23-June 9, 2013
Theme: Identifying Europe
TB13 is about the history, the near future, but most of all about Europe today: the EU, the crisis, populism, Fortress Europe, Greece, etc. With various contributions by artists, designers, architects, authors, philosophers and others. Is there a European Identity and what about the position of contemporary art in 2013?
The painter, 2010 (self-portrait together with my son Juul)
Een impressie door fotograaf Lex Hulscher van de Eerste Wereld Lyme Protest Dag op Het Plein in Den Haag (Nl), 11 mei 2013 kun je vinden op de facebookpagina van Stichting TeekOnMe read on >>
published on 05.12.2013, 0 reactions
N.a.v. het m.i. enigszins onduidelijk commentaar op mijn exposities door pastoor Kenis in het parochieblad van St.-Martinus heb ik hem uitgenodigd de dialoog aan te gaan en samen langs mijn foto’s in het gemeentehuis van Beek te wandelen.
Gisteren hebben we een verhelderend gesprek van ca. 1,5 uur met elkaar gevoerd.
En dàt is precies wat ik met mijn werk beoog. Nadenken, praten, met andere ogen kijken enz. naar zaken die op het eerste gezicht vanzelfsprekend lijken, maar het vaak niet zijn.
Dank voor uw tijd, aandacht en onbevangen openstellen van uw geest, meneer pastoor. Het was een memorabele ervaring.
CultCafé Sunday April 14, 2013 at 14.30 hr, Asta Theater Beek (Nl). The town hall of Beek will open its doors that day from 14.00 - 17.00 hr. You're welcome to join us at the CultCafé and/or visit my double exhibition.
Host: Toos Hofstede, guests Immy Willekens (L1) and Lilith.
For a better view click the image below: read on >>
published on 04.12.2013, 0 reactions
Opening at Gemeentehuis Beek (L, Nl)
I fully agree, alderman mr Bijen. Thanks for your kind words and wise decision.
Many people attended the opening last Friday. Not too many danced though. I took responsibility.
Lilith and son Juul
Last night a DJ saved my life
Thanks DJ Broekie feat. Liekie for the cool mixes: Oh God!!! read on >>
published on 04.08.2013, 0 reactions
Happy Easter to you all with lots of love, sun and eggs!
My service goes beyond your door. Yet another happy house owner. Many thanks Hay and a big kiss. read on >>
published on 03.03.2013, 0 reactions
My dad turned 90 today! Last week I photographed the both of us. He knows I always add titles to my selfportraits. Viewing this photo he said: 'I have been thinking about a suitable title. How about: Still life?'
And 'Still life' it is. Thanks dear dad. I love you.
Do you know about the art project 'Gratis is het woord niet'? It's based upon the poem 'Hoer C' by Arnon Grunberg. I am one of his fans, therefore couldn't say 'no' to the request for a contribution. I am so thrilled about the wallpaper I found for 'my piece of art in progress'. I just had to show. Doesn't it look deliciously whore-ish?
The work is done. My dear friend Anita - who I suspect of being either magician or good witch because she is able to realize all my wild ideas in the field of framing - helped me. read on >>
published on 02.27.2013, 0 reactions
De kleine Witteman in het Maaiveld
Afgelopen zondag in De Prael: De komische meisjes Saskia Smit en Anouk Briefjes..., Bert Schoonhoven -zonder hem geen feessie!, Bart Vleming met pittige woorden..., The Aboriginals met een nieuwe cd..., Betty Schuurman over Wilhelmina, acteren en liefde, fotografe Lilith over haar spraakmakend werk... en een mondig publiek!
Since social media many people concentrate on making virtual friends. In my humble opinion there should be a balance. Don't forget to make friends in real life. I made two today!!! The shop owner and the guy who shot the both of us. I asked if I could photograph them -I am very fond of exotic grocery stores- and ended up being shot by them. Life can be wonderful! read on >>
published on 01.11.2013, 0 reactions
Last week someone came over for a business meeting. When he arrived I urgently had to answer one of my kid's whatsapps. Only three words, I hate to be impolite. I introduced myself to him: 'Hi, I am Lilith, mother in the first place.' He had to laugh. But it's the truth. Being a mother means giving and receiving the purest love. What could ever be more important?
Mother, 2007 (from my series: 'I could've had religion')
(The little boy in the picture is Tarsi, son of a dear friend of mine.)
My son Juul got surgery on his arm. After 3 hours he opened his eyes. I was just shooting the both of us. The first thing he heard was 'click' by the camera he said afterwards. I got the opportunity to photograph the operation. Bonus: This way I could be with him all the time. He is doing fine. His arm hurts but the specialist did a great job.
Proud to be part of the Fotografie Special, year overview 2012, accompanied by photographers like Jasper Doest, Ruud van Empel, Astrid Hermes, Ellen Kooi, Anton Kusters, Marie Cecile Thijs, Hans Wilschut.
Click the image to read the excerpt. read on >>
published on 12.20.2012, 0 reactions
Bookpresentation 'Risja, a story by Lilith'
By Hedy d'Ancona, former minister of Culture at Amsterdam Outsider Art on December 7, 2012. Despite the snow many people attended.
Hedy d'Ancona presenting the book to Risja's sister Sandrine.
Artist Lieve Prins proudly showing the book. She is responsible for the written introduction.
Booksigning. People who bought the book agreed: It's an artwork.
The proof sheets of the photo art book 'Risja, a story by Lilith' arrived this morning. They are looking good! I am looking forward to the real book. Can't wait to share this moment with Risja Steeghs.
Als sterfelijkheid tot kunst wordt verheven is het einde in zicht (of niet?)
'Dood vlees', zei men. 'Ze ziet het niet meer zitten.' Vingers volgden de lijn van de omgekeerde strop. 'Schandelijk.'
Waarna men mij recht in mijn ogen keek, me niet herkende als maker van mijn werk, zoekend naar een teken van bevestiging en samenzwering.
Het is immers dood menselijk vlees, dat kan ècht niet op een kunstbeurs. Aanstootgevend, daarover zijn we het met z'n allen eens, toch?
'Alive and kicking,' antwoordde ik met een lach. Kijk verder dan het oppervlakkige vlees, dacht ik.
In verlegenheid gebracht werden blikken afgewend, veiligheidshalve gericht op begrijpelijke 'kunst'.
Ik maakte de zoveelste kniebuiging, oefeningetje tegen rugpijn, inherent aan (kunst)beurzen.
Divine intervention, 2012 (part of Lilith in da House)
Wowa! Hoop Doop Magazine made me a cover girl. Who would ever had thought that?
Click the image to view the article:
Click here to view the whole November issue. read on >>
published on 11.08.2012, 0 reactions
Back to basics
Comment on this self-portrait by Adalberto Tiburzi. I really love his explanation and therefore quote it below:
"The portrait of a man is his biography, the portrait of a woman is her fiction." Oscar Wilde.
More biography than fiction: that's the reason why Lilith appears androgynous here ;) . read on >>
published on 11.03.2012, 0 reactions
Focus, issue November 2012
Accouncement of the exhibition and photo art book 'Risja, a story by Lilith'- This is bugging me in Focus Photography magazine, issue November 2012.
Click the image below to read the text (page 2). read on >>
published on 10.30.2012, 0 reactions
Did I already mention many people cooperate in our photo art project (traveling exhibition and book)? Frans Pollux (writer/journalist/musician)is one of them. He wrote a lovely poem called 'The dancer' for Risja and during a photo shoot he even wrote it on her back. The result can be found in our photo art book 'Risja, a story by Lilith' for which you can still subscribe through this link: Fotokunstboek
We are Frans Pollux very grateful.
We (Stg. TeekOnMe) are very grateful because Mrs Drs Hedy d'Ancona is going to write a text for the photo art book 'Risja, a story by Lilith'.
She also will present our book on December 7, 2012 at Outsider Art Gallery, Nieuwe Keizersgracht 1a 1018 DR Amsterdam (next to de Hermitage).
Hedy d'Ancona & Aat Veldhoen
It's still possible to subscribe for this book (sales price euro 25,00 excl. shipping charges). This way you'll support Stg. TeekOnMe. Just send a mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I received many many birthday wishes, presents and congratulations on my show at Eduard Planting Gallery, Amsterdam. Instead of thanking you all in person I share this self-portrait with you saying: 'Thanks for your support and good wishes. Much love from me for you.'
Delivered my self-portraits at Eduard Planting Gallery, Amsterdam yesterday. It gave a special feeling to see the first one on the wall. I had to share this emotion with Eduard. I am really looking forward to the opening of 'Lilith in da House' on September 8th, 16.00 hr
Last Saturday I visited Lieve Prins We talked about the photo art project including photo art book 'Risja, a story by Lilith'. Now Lieve is going to write an introduction for the book. She is convinced Risja is a very strong, creative woman. She can relate to that.
Lilith and Lieve Prins
Born in Belgium, Prins studied interior design at age 16. Later, she moved to Amsterdam where she became involved in the art movements of the early seventies. She became involved with photocopy art (she calls it electrography) when she saw her daughter's hand resting on a photocopier in a department store. Drawn by the machine's capacity to render texture and color, Prins began to explore its potential for art making. Prins appreciates in particular the photocopier's spontaneity and speed. She also points out that in traditional photography "everything is reduced to a negative," consequently; "you lose the sense of the real size of the subject." She points out, "With copy art, all attention has to be focused upon the body part, then you build up a fantasy image with these parts." read on >>
published on 09.03.2012, 0 reactions
This is how we do it
Still working hard on our project 'Risja, a story by Lilith'. The deadline is coming fast.A picture is worth a thousand words, that's why we are doing this project. Showing the possible consequences of lyme disease by means of art. To create awareness.
And now more interesting stuff than a fire in da house: 'Lilith in da House', that's what I call 'extreme heat'.
A very special moment for me. Unveiling the first selfportrait I've created on behalf of my house project, using other people's houses to shoot myself. I got permission, received the keys and went along, all by myself like I am used to do in my own environment, no one else around. Exploring borders of all sorts.
More information can be found here: Eduard Planting Fine Art Photographs
Opening of the exhibition: September 8, 2012
This Domestic Goddess killed a fire due to electrical breakdown in da kitchen together with her kids, her neighbor and some sweet firemen. Wow... what a mess. But so many dear people to assist me. Really moving.
Proud to be part of the exhibition: 'Ich bin trots'. Art from Limburg, 10 leading artists: Charles Eyck, Lei Molin, Lilith, Hans Giesen, Bert Schmitz, Ted Noten, Marcel van Hoef, Yvonne Schroeten, Jacquem, Pieter Lemmens. Pulchri Studio, The Hague (Nl) June 30 - July 22, 2012
PHOTOVILLE is a new Brooklyn-based photo destination - a veritable village of freight containers transformed into temporary exhibition spaces, taking place this summer from June 22 to July 1, 2012.
Photoville will feature a feisty mix of exhibitions, lectures, hands-on workshops, nighttime projections, a photo dog run, a camera greenhouse, and a summer beer-garden with food trucks that will create a photography destination like no other.
Occupying more than 60,000 sq. feet in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Photoville will be located on the uplands of Pier 3, along the Brooklyn Waterfront between DUMBO and Atlantic Avenue.
The Wonder of Woman, a Dutch group exhibition, curated by Aloys Ginjaar at Photoville itself.
After the thunderstorm Friday June 22, 2012 Consul General Rob de Vos at the Netherlands Consulate General in New York city opened the exhibitions. He is very enthusiastic about my selfportrait Member of the Biking Nation. Here is his tweet. He announced special plans with this photo.
Interview by Angela Janssens with Risja Steeghs and me about our photo art project 'Risja: a story by Lilith' as well lyme disease.
To read the article click the image below. read on >>
published on 06.16.2012, 0 reactions
High on the thrilling strand he dances
Laved in white light. The smudged chalk faces
Blur below. His movements scorn
And fluently insult the law
That lumps us, munching, on our seats,
Avoiding the question that slyly tweaks:
How much do we want to see him fall?
It's no use saying we don't at all.
Excerpt from Tightrope Walker, “Selected Poems” by Vernon Scannell publ Alison & Busby Ltd, 1971 Page 67.
At the ArtAntique a man investigated my self-portrait thoroughly using a pocket lens. After round and about 10 minutes he said: 'Well, this is a very fine and realistic painting.' I took it as a compliment ;)
ArtAntique, Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Eduard Planting Fine Art Photographs booth #19,
April 22 - 29, 2012
This afternoon the opening of the exhibition 'Inspiratie Bloemen' at Limburgs Museum took place. It was great to see so much art inspired by flowers.
You should find out for yourself. It's possible till August 19, 2012. read on >>
published on 04.22.2012, 0 reactions
Who's coming to dinner?
Proudly I announce: from today this self-portrait belongs to Ikob's (B) museum collection
Who's coming to dinner? 2009
Ikob's staff investigating my self-portrait. read on >>
published on 04.11.2012, 0 reactions
Article about my work in digizine FourX5. Click the picture below to read the excerpt.read on >>
Two days live atelier at Ikob, Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst at Eupen (B) have been great.
Thanks dear Francis, Ingrid, Nadine and Serge for your hospitality, for all your help and for the real Belgian fries. Yummmmm....
All visitors, no matter age or gender, made a self-portrait. The wonderful results can be found here.
My life isn't always easy. Despite our differences there's a strong bond between my dad and me called: love&understanding. He is the embodiment of 'a good father'. Thanks dad for always being there for me.
Photo by Lex Hulscher (September 2007). read on >>
published on 02.28.2012, 0 reactions
Article about my work in digizine FourX5. Click the picture below to read the excerpt.
Bert van der Elsken came over to collect my self-portrait 'Pluralism 2010'. Since it is his favorite he decided to buy it. I am very honered. The way we've met a while ago and how this worked out is very special. Today has been a wonderful and emotional day I'll never forget.
One of my friends adviced me to go through difficult times by identifying myself with strong women like Jeanne d'Arc. Early morning, just out of bed, I walked into the garden with my camera and tried to put myself in her place. I tried to feel her strength and capture this emotion.
It's confronting to view my barenaked vulnerable and yet strong face on my monitor. It tells me what I am feeling, what I am going through, my fears, my fights, my hurt, my falling and getting up again. Is my lifetime not even a nanosecond in the scale of forever? Life seems so large to me. read on >>
Two of my self-portraits got nominated for the 5th annual Photography Masters Cup, category Fine Art (Member of the biking nation and the other one is 'good old' Side Table), which is a bit strange because I entered the category Portrait and not Fine Art. It's always hard to decide where my self-portraits belong, they're all 'portraits' to me.
Anyway, I am glad about the result. A good start on an autumnal Monday.
Member of the biking nation, 2009
Did I mention my dad made those wooden shoes? He is an old-fashioned wooden shoe maker, who always used to cut them by hand. No machinery for him. How Dutch can a person be?
CONGRATULATIONS on being a Nominee at the 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup with:
Nominee in Fine Art | Side table
Nominee in Fine Art | Member of the biking nation
11,321 entries were received from 83 countries and your work received a high percentage of votes overall. Certainly an achievement, well done!
The Awards Jury represents the industry's biggest names and tastemakers who reviewed the entries online before making the nominations shortlist and honoring 272 title awards in 18 categories. The Awards could not have wished for a better group of professionals to work with.
We will be promoting your nomination through our international network and PR campaign.
Congratulations once again on being a Nominee and we wish you a most successful photography year.
Creative Director read on >>
published on 10.24.2011, 0 reactions
Click on the image below to read the result of coffee, cake and a good conversation with Harry Prenger from Cultuurblog Zwart Goud
During yesterday's celebration at Museum van Bommel van Dam director Rick Vercauteren presented the new museum catalogue ('Het Kloeke Boek').
In the museum's collection four of my self-portraits. In the catalogue a spread of two:
Chaos at museum Van Bommel van Dam yesterday. Sunday October 2, 2011 will be the last day of my live atelier. So grab your chance to come and shoot yourself. Could be great fun. Saw only smiling people the last couple of days.
Besides the fun my live atelier is an educational activity as well. So bring your children to learn about photography and to shoot themselves... or other stuff ;)
I will gladly welcome you today! read on >>
published on 10.02.2011, 0 reactions
Having a great time at my personal playground for one week Museum Van Bommel van Dam, Venlo.
Yesterday kids from Valuas College, Venlo and their teacher Richard Wering came by to shoot themselves. They brought some patisserie. Let me say this: pastry can be tempting.
Below you can find the result. I must admit Richard is a very dedicated teacher ;)
Click the cover below to read the article.read on >>
published on 08.29.2011, 0 reactions
My godmother will turn 82 tomorrow. She supports me passionately, despite the fact she doesn't approve of all of my self-portraits. She is a huge fan of my sp 'Unstoppable' and proudly will hang it on her apartments' wall.
My self-portrait 'Side table' got selected amongst 250 pieces of art. The jury had to chose from 4,750 anonymous entries. For each judgement they had only 15 seconds. Enunciative power had to do the job. read on >>
published on 07.10.2011, 0 reactions
Sp!ts: censorship orgasm art
Click the image below to read the article. read on >>
published on 06.29.2011, 0 reactions
'All things of value are defenceless' (Lucebert)
On the spot for contemplation.
(Searching for my art.)
A while ago I received the good news two of my self-portraits had been selected for the Dream Art Exhibition organised by the International Association for the Study of Dreams
Wednesday I took them to Rolduc a conference center/former seminary. A member of the organisation asked if there was a location I preferred for my pictures. I answered: 'They need good lighting, that's all.'
Thursday evening I found out they were put up the wall of a videoroom. You'll probably understand videorooms are half dark. Trying to get some answers... read on >>
published on 06.26.2011, 0 reactions
Exhibition at museum Van Bommel van Dam, Venlo
At the moment some of my self-portraits, belonging to the museum's collection, are exhibited.
The show is called: Uit de verzameling: 'Nieuwe aanwinsten'.
Followed by: 'Making up other realities'.
(Till the beginning of September 2011.)
Facebook inspired me to start a new series: The Facebook rejections.
My self-portrait 'Banquet' got removed this evening.
Which will be the next one? read on >>
published on 04.27.2011, 0 reactions
In my body-double-series I participate more than once in a self-portrait.
It's important to exploit all my different 'inner me's' to be able to live a complete life.
Quote from WikiHow:
How to love yourself.
We spend so much of our time waiting to be loved, hoping love will find us, searching, yearning for that special love. Feeling empty and lost without it. Wanting someone to give us love and fill us up. Unfortunately, that’s not usually how life works. You will draw to you exactly what you create in life, and what you believe you are worthy of. So loving yourself can create love in your life. When you expect love from an external source, and someone or something does not fulfill your void and fantasy's, then you will feel worse than before.
Since my dad wasn't able to visit my exhibition 'I could've had religion' I thought: 'If Mohammed will not go to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed', and I took the self-portrait 'The prodigal daughter' in which he participated to his place.
And what did he say while I was unwrapping the picture? Yep right: 'If Mohammed will not go to the mountain... etc.' Great minds think alike.
He is very proud of the result and carrying a smaller version of this self-portrait in his inside pocket to show it to his acquintances now and then.
On the other hand I am very proud of my dear dad always willing to help his daughter in many ways. He believes in me like I do in him.
Cleaning the cupboard a couple of days ago I stumbled upon a collage my boyfriend Lex made in 2006. He shot me as a model during the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria and combined these pics. Being a bodypaint model was something I never did before and never thereafter. Watching the video and listening to the music by the 'Kings of Convenience' brought back good memories and made me happy.
Click the image to share this happiness.
This little movie was immediately banned by YouTube in 2006.
On behalf of my exhibition 'I could've had religion' I've created a stopmotion movie. Cinta (whose name means 'love') plays a leading role. It was such a wonderful day when she came to assist me. I will never forget it.
Today someone asked me to explain the reason why it was such an exceptionally beautiful experience to me. It all has to do with heartfelt emotions. Kids are sincere. That's why a wise man once said we all should become children again: genuine.
In my opinion religion is all about LOVE and that's what I felt that day: a lotta love.
I am thankful Cinta crossed my path and also towards her parents who were extremely supportive.
Click on the image below to watch the stopmotion called: 'But my little girl wouldn't let me pray'. Don't forget to turn the sound system on.
Music by: Editors
Title: 'Well worn hand' read on >>
published on 12.12.2010, 0 reactions
Kult suprised me by using one of my self-portraits of the series 'I could've had religion' for the cover of the magazine, edition December 10/January 11. The last issue sadly enough.
Click the image below to read.
Faith, hope and love
When my dad saw this self-portrait in which he participated, he said 'Consolation'. He hit the nail on the head. The title given by me is 'Faith, hope & love', but isn't this almost the same? Isn't this what religion is about? Isn't this an important component of a good parent-child-relation? I do think so. That's why this self-portrait is one of three autonomous photos of my series called 'I could've had religion'. One of the most important ingredients of my series of 21 self-portraits in total. read on >>
published on 12.01.2010, 0 reactions
De Limburger: Censorship
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" (No heading) schrijft Harry op 01.10.10 23:53
Laat die foto's dan maar eens zien, dan kan ieder voor zich beoordelen of die censuur wel terecht is. Maar de krant wordt ook gelezen door jongeren onder de 16. Dus als de redactie van deze krant die censuur terecht vindt, zal ze die foto's ook niet plaatsen. Dan moeten wij gaan kijken bij de kunstenares thuis. Mijn ervaring is, dat men in Duitsland wat betreft normen en waarden (en seksualiteit) kritischer is dan in Nederland.
Laat je niet kisten....prima publiciteit! schrijft Poisoned op 01.10.10 14:07
Dit is wat kunst moet zijn, geef het dan ook letterlijk en figuurlijk de (Euregiohaus) ruimte!
Jammer, de angst overheerst!
"De censuur is de blinddoek voor het geweten" (G.van Acker)
Willekeur schrijft JanWiers op 01.10.10 09:27
Het is toch een raar volkje, die Mönchengladbacher. Dit is toch pure willekeur. Hoe is het mogelijk, dat een medewerker kan oordelen over wat gewaagd is en wat niet. Het was misschien verstandiger geweest in het Kunstmuseum of Kunstsammlung in Düsseldorf te exposeren. Daar hebben ze meer oog voor de (foto)kunst. Voor mij is LilithR de nederlandse Bettina Reims, dus Henriëtte, keep on clicking!!
tere kinderzieltjes schrijft michiel schweitzer op 01.10.10 01:56
Even opgezocht : Op http://www.lilithlove.com/ onder blog staat een foto 'Art is never chaste' waarnaar de beschrijving hierboven zou kunnen verwijzen. Waarom dit niet zou mogen is mij een raadsel. Te gewaagd? De titel zegt meer dan de foto.
http://www.lilithlove.com/ onder blog staat een foto 'Art is never chaste' waarnaar de beschrijving hierboven zou kunnen verwijzen. Waarom dit niet zou mogen is mij een raadsel. Te gewaagd? De titel zegt meer dan de foto."/> " read on >>
published on 10.01.2010, 0 reactions
Art is never chaste
'Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.' read on >>
Kalfsbraadstuk op tagliatelle met een zachte saus van witte port en kaas
(Geselecteerd voor en verschenen in de bundel van de Raadselige Roos 2005, de jaarlijkse Venrayse proza- en poëziewedstrijd voor amateurs uit Zuid-Nederland. http://www.literair-cafe-venray.nl )
‘Nee, dan heb je waarschijnlijk het verkeerde nummer gekozen,’ antwoord ik ontkennend op de vraag van de onbekende man aan de telefoon of hij met Femke spreekt. read on >>