met Noëlla /Amerika Haus Berlijn / 2014
Femke den Hollander (°1979, Bruges, Belgium) studied social and cultural work at the VIVES-university after spending 12 months in Zimbabwe as a high school student. She worked 20 years as a social worker, mostly with teenagers and young people, their stories and lives full of sadness, strenght and hope. An important part of this work was the development of different educational and awareness programs as well as co-working projects with other organizations on political and public social issues.
She feels strongly about documentary work, both photography and film. At the age of 30 she realized she could actually buy a camera to document people and society and their stories. So she did. Her first camera came as a second hand Nikon D90, and a 50mm manual objective. Six years later she graduated in photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bruges.
She participated in several exhibitions and social and cultural projects in Bruges, as a photographer, social investigator and, in some cases, instigator. She's looking for unknown environments, trying to document the lives of people she does not know. Spending time with them teaches her what might remain unseen, unknown and unspoken when no one captures it.
A never ending story.
She's one of the founders of the N.O.D.S.Collective, a photography-based collective, founded in 2018.
Since the lockdowns in 2020, she started focusing on nature scenes near her house and garden in the evening and the night. Resulting in a new series: 'Goodnight'.
Besides that, she works on commissions for social and cultural organizations as well as corporate commissions. But for whatever assignment, she always maintains her own style.
De Republiek Brugge (in-house photographer), Musea Brugge, TURBO Brugge (in-house photographer) , Knack WE, De Stadsrepubliek (in-house photographer), Handmade in Brugge (in-house photographer), Kunstencentrum KAAP, J.E.F. Jeugdfilm, The BOX, CAW Noord-West-Vlaanderen, ARTES, Cinema Lumière, Stad Brugge, OCMW Brugge, Standaard Uitgeverij, Werkplaats Immaterieel Erfgoed, Architectuuratelier Dertien12, vzw Wieder (in-house photographer), Caaap, BREEDBEELD, Beweging.net, the Belgium Homeless Cup, VOORSMAAK, Brugge Plus, KOOKEET, Thingit, architect Bert Maeyens, Oranje vzw, Jeugdwerk voor Allen, Huis van De Dichter, Avansa vzw, Rebelle vzw, Rinkoniên Oosterweelverbinding Linkeroever, FMDO vzw, OPENDOEK, Kuusi Mucic,...
Shows and projects:
SANT2022 - selected - CC Brugge
Artist Of The Month - Art&Frame Center - Brugge
Smallfish.art - De Republiek - Brugge
AiR Biekorf 6.0 - 'Misfigure' - Poortersloge - Brugge
Smallfish.art - artshow&auction - De Tank - Brugge
KIYOSHI - social artproject - Brugge
PAK Gistel - ‘Entre deux Nuages’ - Gistel
AiR Biekorf 5.0 - ‘The Wall is as Soft as Lace.’ - CC Brugge
'Goodnight' - De Republiek - Brugge
'Molenwijk in beeld' - social artproject - Sint-Pieters, Brugge
PAK Gistel - Barking Dogs & Drawing Rooms - Gistel
AiR Biekorf 4.0 - ‘Comedie van het menselijk tekort/Comedie de la Condition Humaine - CC Brugge
AiR Biekorf 3.0 - ‘Exile’ - CC Brugge
N.O.D.S. Collectief - ‘Where are You Now?’ - Brugotta Festival - Brugge
‘Where are you now?’ - WZC Westervier CURENDO - Brugge
N.O.D.S. Collectief - ‘Into the Wild’ - Bogardenkapel Brugge
‘Invisible Birds’ - De Republiek - Brugge
BruggeFoto17 & 300 jaar Academie - 'Illuminato'
Air Biekorf 1.0 - 'Les Refugiés' - CC Brugge
Fotohuis & vzw Ter Muiden - 'Ter Muiden' - Beernem
Graduation Academy of Fine Arts - thesis - 'The Waiting' - Brugge
Fotohuis & Raymond Van het Groenewoud - 'De Verpakking van Raymond' - Brugge
Fotohuis & Musea Brugge - Snapshot 12 - 'Dans I.D.'
'Brugge - Snapshot' - publication - Uitgeverij Snoeck
Fotohuis & 44 Gallery - BruggeFoto14 - 'The Family of Chinese'
Fotomarathon Europäischer Monat der Fotografie - Berlin
Fotonale 2013 Brugge 'Contrast' - selected
Fotohuis & 44 Gallery - BruggeFoto13 - 'Street Photography Now'
Fotonale 2012 Brugge 'Verborgen' - selected
Erfgoedcel Brugge/Fotohuis/BruggeMuseum - Snapshot 7 - Clubzotten&Cercletrutten