Initially trained as a photographer (BFA, MFA, MA) at several universities in the Netherlands, I finalised a PhD ‘in and through the arts’ at Leiden University in November 2018. My dissertation consists of 8 artist books – each focusing on a particular collection of photographs encountered in Uganda -, numerous exhibitions related to these books, and a thesis. I now use my artistic practice as a research method to activate informal and formal ‘archives’ in order to investigate the historical and contemporary ‘image’ of particular realities on the African continent and the photographic practices that ‘made them’. The actions that are part of my practice range from producing and distributing photographs to initiating various modes of collective making, and discursive writing.
While I continue to engage with photographs in and from Uganda, among others to make a follow up to The Kaddu Wasswa Archive, my main focus is at the moment the activation of self-made anthropologist Paul Julien (NL, 1901-2001)’s legacy. Follow me on Facebook or Instagram to see the investigations unfold and get updates about exhibitions and other presentations. Documentation of exhibitions and printed publications will be added to this website.
As a teacher I am connected to the Master Photography & Society of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and Minerva Art Academy in Groningen. I am open to invitations to anyone who, in or outside of an institutional context, would like to think along with me or engage in one way or another with the things I do with photographs.
To get in touch, mail andreastultiens at gmail dot com