Document Nederland, Rijksmuseum
The Rijksmuseum has been holding the annual Document Nederland exhibition since 1975, and each year a Dutch photographer is invited to focus on topical subjects in the social sphere. The previous series were commissioned from photographers such as Hans Aarsman in 1984, Dana Lixenberg in 2011 and Anoek Steketee in 2017.
For this commission by the Rijksmuseum for the Document Nederland exhibition, photographer Stacii Samidin (WdKA, Photography 2013) captured images of Dutch cafes and bars and their landlords, landladies and regular customers. Document Nederland runs from 12 October 2018 to 20 January 2019 in the Rijksmuseum.
Stacii Samidin was born in 1987 and made his name with ‘Societies’, a series of photographs about subcultures including groups of young people and notorious gangs. He lived as a photographer among the tough street gangs of Los Angeles and captured the hopeless existence of young people in the banlieues of French cities, families struggling to survive in Nairobi in one of the world’s largest slum areas, and criminals on the streets of Rotterdam.
Listen here to the Rijksmuseum podcast where Henk van Straten talks to Stacii Samidin about his life and work.