Dirk-Jan Visser (1978 | Assen – the Netherlands)
With a background in arts and journalism, I am a documentary photographer, senior lecturer at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and is a certified board member, currently holding a position in the supervisory board of World Press Photo Foundation. In my artistic practice I am interested in the ecological question. Through photography, stakeholder management and public affairs I want to reach a large audience to facilitate dialogue on the relation and responsibilities humanity has towards non-human life.
Using research-based practice, I am dedicated to create innovative visual stories to appeal to a large audience. My publishing platforms vary – mainstream media to books; interactive documentaries to exhibitions – as long as the form serves the story. My latest publications include among others: New Horizon Initiative (2022), a long term project in which we analyzes and visualizes the different interests of non-human life in a landscape to advocate for inclusive decision-making. Voorland Groningen, wandelingen door het Antropoceen (2020), a project in which we present the most beautiful province of the Netherlands as the frontier in the Dutch Anthropocene. And The Walking Seminar, Embodied research in emergent Anthropocene landscapes (2018).
I have a broad international network in the arts, culture and media sectors. Among other things, I am proud of nominations for different Gouden Kalven (the award of the Netherlands Film Festival), winning the Dutch Design Award and contributing to an exhibition at MoMA in New York. Partly because of this, I am asked to speak on various political, educational and other social platforms about the role and future of art, culture and media in society.
Besides my documentary work, I am one of the initiators and owners of Atelier aan de Middendijk, a small farmhouse in northern Netherlands, which has served as a base for artists, designers, researchers and journalists to create new work in relation to the inspiring surroundings of the province of Groningen.