Cineblend: 25 years Beeld voor Beeld. Who Needs Visual Anthropology??

Framer Framed in de Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam | Sunday 15 February | -

On the occasion of Beeld voor Beeld’s 25 edition, an international panel of filmmakers and visual anthropologists will discuss the past, present and especially the future of Visual Anthropology, the festival’s main focus. It seems as if Visual Anthropology is more popular than ever. More and more students are specializing in the field, and more possibilities to study Visual Anthropology are offered. In art, we see a growing fascination for and the use of Visual Anthropology. What have been other tendencies in these past 25 years? What are the specifics of this way of practicing science by way of film? What kinds of crossovers with other disciplines are emerging? And especially: what is the role Visual Anthropology plays or should play in current debates about cultural diversity and the multi- cultural society? 



lldikó Plájás studied Anthropology and Cultural Studies in Romania and Hungary, later graduating in Visual Ethnography at Leiden University. Her first anthropological film, Swamp Dialogues, is screened at the festival.

Frode Storaas is a filmmaker and professor of Visual and Social Anthropology at Bergen’s University Museum in Norway. His film Tama Gaun: The Copper Village is screened at this edition of Beeld voor Beeld.

Luc Schaedler has been engaged in projects that combine scientific research with visual means since 1996. He obtained a PhD in Visual Anthropology with his film Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet (2005). His film Watermarks: Three Letters From China is screened at the festival.

Dirk Nijland (1938) is anthropologist, filmmaker and the founder of the School of Ethnographic Filmmaking at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University. He taught Visual Anthropology and Ethnographic Filmmaking from 1974 until 1999, and produced several price-winning ethnographic documentaries.

Sanderien Verstappen is a cultural and visual anthropologist-filmmaker. She is a lecturer and Phd candidate at the University of Amsterdam. Her film Living Like a Common Man (2011) has been screened at international film festivals and on the Indian news channel NDTV.

Steef Meyknecht is an independent documentary filmmaker and photographer. He is a lecturer in Visual Ethnography at Leiden University. Currently, Steef is on a sabbatical to realize his next film project. 

Metje Postma is a lecturer in Visual Ethnography at CA-OS Leiden. In recent work, she explores the politics of representation of a community in a humanitarian crisis by means of video. Her documentary Van mannen en merries (1998) was screened at many film festivals.

Laurent van Lancker is a Brussels based filmmaker and anthropologist. He lectures documentary and video art at INSAS and IAD (two Belgian national film schools), Visual Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin, and is a coach for the SoundImageCulture workspace. His work focuses on the sensorial and imaginary possibilities of documentary, proposing new narrative forms.

Cristina Grasseni teaches Visual and Media Anthropology at Utrecht University. She has a PhD from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology and was a David & Roberta Loggie Fellow and Harvard Film Study Centre Fellow at Harvard University.

Joshua Cogan is an anthropologist, who aims to understand social issues through photography and new media. He is producer and DOP of Tomorrow We Disappear, the opening film of this year’s edition of Beeld voor Beeld and the photographer of the exhibition by the same name to be seen in EYE during the festival.

Moderator: Janine Prins, visual anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. Janine is visiting lecturer and coordinator of the Visual Methods Summer Course at Institute of Cultu- ral Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University and Researcher in residence at Waag Society.