DANCE DANCE DANCE!

2016 and onwards

Exhibition about dancing and seduction, based on socio-cultural research. The work stems from different decades and includes various media.

In DANCE DANCE DANCE! we see everything from dating, disco and daggering, to courtship customs, fashion, makeup, social behaviour, the age and social standing of participants, period aesthetics as they influenced posture and gestures, and the many other aspects of partnered dance. Context always plays a role in the background: e.g. secular and religious customs and rituals, as well as the social climate. Whereas dancing in 19th Century courting was just a first step towards finding a partner whom one could perhaps marry in due course, now, seduction and sexual conquest almost take place on the dance floor simultaneously.

Make Life Worth Living - Nick Hedges' photographs for Shelter 1968-72 

2014-15

Make Life Worth Living (exhibition and book) presents a collection of powerful and moving works by photographer Nick Hedges, commissioned in 1968 by the housing charity Shelter. These hard-hitting photographs expose the poor housing conditions and abject poverty being endured by people across Britain. The collection forms one of the most important documentary photography projects of the 20th century.

Hedges travelled all over the UK and photographed people in slums in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bradford, Glasgow and other cities, contrasting their conditions with those living in the countryside. Reminiscent of Robert Frank's groundbreaking book The Americans, Hedges was more than a documentary photographer, he was a true 'noir' photographer. 

The exhibition was initiated by curator Hedy van Erp and co-curated by Greg Hobson.
One hundred black and white photographs were on display for the first time at the Media Space in the London Science Museum, following a 40 year restriction to protect the anonymity of the subjects. Edited texts from Hedges’ detailed notes accompanied the photographs.

‘It is no surprise that Hedges’ exhibition has been extended (…). Not only does his work still address contemporary, urgent issues, it also poses one of the most important questions concerning the politics of photography: how can it be used in a way which does not separate us from one another, but bring us closer together?’ Lisa Stein on Photomonitor

‘The photographs are among the most memorable I have seen in any exhibition.’ (Lomokev.com)

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BABY: picturing the ideal human 1840s-now

2009

Curated for the National Media Museum (UK)

'The exhibition is divided into four themes: Birth, Realism, Madonna and Ideal. The divisions are not chronologically ordered, but devised to have a pleasant stroll, only emphasised by the open atmosphere of the large space, with dividing walls covered in soft pink and white lacework wallpaper and enormous baroque bouquets on columns. Besides extremely sweet 'roses and moonshine' advertising photography there is an important share of realistic works. Everything combined offers a beautiful view of the history of the representation of the baby.'
NRC Handelsblad

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Archive

The National Media Museum (UK) dedicated the March 2009 issue of their publication Archive to the BABY exhibition, with two essays and short stories by Hedy van Erp, Iris Sikking, Greg Hobson and Colin Harding. A survey was carried out regarding the history of baby contests and pageants in relation to photography: 'Beautifying babies: A brief history of baby contests and baby pageants' PDF available.



BABY: picturing the ideal human 1840 - now

2008

Curated for the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam

'Babies have been captured since the dawn of photography in 1839, and their photographs offer a splendid view of the developments of the medium. Van Erp and Sikking managed to create a presentation that was clearly based on solid scientific research into -principally Western- baby photography. Their selection, however, does not come across as too academic, and at the same time it avoids the pitfall of soft clichés. Which is quite an achievement, as everybody knows how one can see the world in bright pink when babies are involved.' de Volkskrant

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Essays and articles


We spread the word... Essays and articles have been produced for international news and art magazines on various subjects, such as multimedia photostories, truth and beauty in photography, James Mollison, observing children in art videos, the shelf life of photographs in museum collections, and many more.

Multimedia photostories
Truth and beauty
James Mollison
Observing children
Shelf life of photographs


Innocent human

Photographic portraits of babies from 1839 to the present day is an exhaustive study into the representation of babies since the beginning of photography. The subject is placed in a social, historical, cultural and psychological context. PDF available