Team

Klaus Fruchtnis
Co-founder and Program Director

Klaus Fruchtnis is a Paris based French-Colombian image-maker, researcher and educator. His research is based on the areas of photography, multimedia, digital drawing and media experimentation, as well as collective and participatory projects that involve art, technology, cultural, social, and political aspects. His work has been exhibited, performed, and published internationally. Over the past years, he has developed different projects with museums, art centers, correctional centers, local communities, city councils, universities, etc., and, as a result of this, he has created through his own practice, and as part of his artistic research, highly effective and innovative teaching techniques and pedagogical methods. He works as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Chair of Photography in charge of the BFA in Photography, MA in Fashion Film and Photography and MA/MFA in Photography and Image-making at Paris College of Art.

SteveBisson
Co-founder and Curator, 2017-2020

Steve Bisson is an Italo-Belgian curator, critic, and publisher working mainly in the field of visual anthropology and literacy. Over the past 15 years, Steve has collaborated worldwide with artists, companies, museums, foundations, schools, and galleries and contributed to over 50 exhibitions and festivals as an attempt to support young talents, and raising awareness about the human conditions. Steve founded, respectively in 2009 and 2012, two online publishing projects Urbanautica and Filmessay to enhance lifelong learning, participatory art, community fortification. Since 2017 is the co-director of Move Cine Arte Film Festival.

Lisanne van Happen made by Koos Breukel
Co-curator and Producer, 2018-2020

Lisanne van Happen is a Dutch freelance
curator, producer, and fundraiser specialized in the field of documentary photography with a particular interest in social issues. Over the last five years, she has worked for the art academy AKV|St.Joost, Docking Station and was involved in several collaborations with photographers and other creative professionals. Lisanne has co-curated and produced several exhibitions and programs at FOTODOK such as Beyond Us and Them (2017), Belief, on the Move (2016) and There is Something about my Family (2016).

John Fleetwood Pic by Doctor Moyo
Co-curator, 2020

John Fleetwood is a photography curator, educator and director of Photo:; a multi-operation platform for the development and promotion of socially engaged photography work, projects, photographers and critical visual culture. He recently curated ‘Five Photographers: A tribute to David Goldblatt’ exhibited in various cities including Johannesburg, Maputo, Bamako (2018-2020). Previously he curated ‘Connected’ (Kinshasa, DRC, 2019), ‘Of traps and tropes’ (Tunisia, 2018). In 2017, he was guest editor for Aperture’s ‘Platform Africa’ edition. As educator and strategist he has facilitated, organised and supported a range of different education activities and organisations. He is the initial convenor for the Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa. From 2002-2015 Fleetwood was the director of the Market Photo Workshop. He lives and works in Johannesburg.

Rodrigo Orrantia
Co-curator, 2017

Rodrigo Orrantia is an art historian and photography curator based in London. His practice has focused on commissioning and producing printed and online content around art photography practices in Latin America and the UK. His main interest at the moment is building networks of institutions working with photography (archives, museums and galleries, universities) to coordinate projects, produce innovative content, and find new platforms and audiences for photography. Project manager and curator, developing art photography projects, exhibitions and publications for corporate and private collectors, as well as private and public institutions. Art-directing and coordinating an itinerant photography exhibition for nine major museums and galleries in the United Kingdom, including the National Media Museum, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, Mshed, Street Level Photoworks and the Science Museum in London. Rodrigo has been a nominator for the Prince Claus Award and a juror for Photolucida’s Critical Mass portfolio review. In 2014, Rodrigo was nominated for the Fondazione Prada and Qatar Museums’ Authority Curate Award, for a project on Latin American Art, bringing together photography, music, and street art.

Stefanie Gratz
Board member

Stefanie Grätz, MA, is a German-born photographer and educator based in the Netherlands.  Currently, she holds the position of head of the Photography department at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, the Netherlands.  Within her freelance and autonomous practice, Stefanie focusses on culture-based values and specializes in research-based documentary approaches to photography. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally and won different awards within a national context amongst which the Dutch Doc Award for Innovation. Stefanie has published the books Groninger, Surfing Views, and After Madela.

Rebecca Simons
Board member

Rebecca Simons is an independent photography editor, curator, and educator. She believes in the power of visual storytelling and is dedicated to talent development. Rebecca is the co-initiator of Transformations, research, and education project exploring the changes in photography. She teaches photography at Willem de Kooning Academy and through international workshops.  Previously she has functioned as the Creative Director at Fotomat and worked as Senior Producer & Interim manager at World Press Photo’s education department. Rebecca also develops personal art projects such as the recent multimedia project Letters From The Past, tackling the theme of sexual abuse within the family.

Pedro Vicente
Board member

Pedro Vicente holds a BA(Hons) Photography The Surrey Institute of Art & Design (UK) and Master in Art Theory, Goldsmiths College, London. He is currently the director of the Master of Photography and Design at ELISAVA, Barcelona; director of the Master in Photography, Polytechnic University of Valencia, and Director of the online Master in Photography and Design at Shifta. He has edited several books on Photography theory and published articles in numerous specialized media, curated multiple exhibitions, directed numerous photography congresses. He is currently the chair of ANEF, Spanish Association for the Education of Photography, and the director of ViSiONA, a cultural image-based project organized by the Provincial Council of Huesca, Spain.