Gabriëlle de Kroon
Gabriëlle de Kroon is a cultural anthropologist and teaches Dutch language and social education to children who fled from war zones, but first and foremost she is a photographer. In January 2016 she graduated with honours from the Fotovakschool Amsterdam with the series Father.
Father is an ongoing project with the theme “generational transfer”, in other words, the interaction between different generations. In De Kroon’s case, this concerns how three generations of a family deal with the legacy of war. De Kroon’s grandfather was held prisoner in several Nazi camps during World War II, in the Netherlands as well as in Germany. After the war his marriage ended and he married De Kroon’s grandmother, who at this time was a single mother of eleven children. Together they had another child, De Kroon’s father, the only child from this marriage.
The question that stands central in the photographer’s research is what consequences these violent events that took place during the war had on the upbringing of her father and later on herself and what she will pass on to her own children. As De Kroon’s grandfather was not able any longer to give the answer to these questions, she sought to find it through the images of the series Father.
For her series Father, De Kroon combined several layers: documentation from her grandfather’s captivity, images from her father’s family album, and her own visual interpretation of what happened to her grandfather. The images that represent De Kroon’s own interpretation are highly stylized photographs of objects, which are more aesthetic than explanatory. In combination with the documents and vernacular photographs from her father’s albums, however, they become part of the story about the remembrance of war.
Gabriëlle de Kroon (1969, NL) graduated from the Fotovakschool Amsterdam in Photographic Design in 2016.