Johan van der Keuken (Netherlands) was a Dutch documentary filmmaker and photographer born in Amsterdam in 1938. Several years after being introduced to photography in his early teens by his grandfather, he was encouraged by prominent Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken to publish his first photo book, We are 17, in 1955. Van der Keuken published several more photo books during his lifetime, including Behind Glass (1957), Mortal Paris (1963), Adventures of an Eye (1987), Adventures of a Gaze (1998), and The Lucid Eye (2000), among others. His still photographic practice is complemented by a rich body of filmmaking, addressing a wide variety of subjects including borders, migration, travel, and cross-cultural dialogue; geopolitics and wealth inequality; jazz and abstract painting; beauty, representation, personhood, ability, and disability. During his more than 40-year career, van der Keuken produced over 55 documentaries, several of which won awards, including two Josef von Sternberg Prizes and the Grand Prix at both Brussels Film Festival and Visions du Réel. His work has been the subject of numerous retrospective screenings including at the Stedelijk Museum, Eye Filmmuseum, Cinémathèque Française, and Media City Film Festival. Since his death in 2001, van der Keuken’s archive has been maintained by his widow and collaborator Noshka van der Lely and her current husband, Willem van Zoetendaal. In 2019 the Nederlands Fotomuseum acquired Johan van der Keuken’s photographic archives.
JOHAN VAN DER KEUKEN’S THE MASK
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: May 20 – June 10, 2021
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: The Mask, 53 min, 1989
*Curated by Herb Shellenberger.