Photographer based between Berlin, Germany, and the Hague in the Netherlands. 
For my resume, scroll below.

As a person of color, I find it crucial to represent our experiences. I transform lived realities into tangible visual representations. Through my artistic work, I examine subjects in which I am personally involved. In my creations, I also aim to be a representation of my cultural heritage, being from a Surinamese and Dutch background. I want to create an understanding of this heritage and I am a storyteller of my historical narratives. The Dutch have a dark history on the matter of colonialism and colonized Suriname. The lived experience of people of color can be traced back through a wide range of topics such as racism, Black hair, systems of oppression we face, Black joy, and other relevant matters. Issues which should receive more attention, as they obtain. 

A photography-based approach is the core of my artistic practice. This approach often takes form through photographs featuring portraiture elements and still-lifes. In addition to staging photographs archives are frequently utilized as a foundation. Through collages, these historic photographs are given a new meaning. Regularly this method is applied as a way of decolonizing the archives. 

My visual work is designed to challenge people's perspectives, introducing the outside viewer into realms to which they may not yet have been exposed and providing recognition and representation of those who are already familiar. I encourage the viewer to ask questions and explore what lies beyond their current understanding. By making use of photography as an educational tool, I aim to spark a meaningful impact and engage the viewer in a dialogue. I invite the spectator to join me in critical thought and the process of reflecting. 

B.A. Photography graduated in 2021  in Berlin



  • Digital Expressions: Black Joy VR-space OSCAM Amsterdam 
  • Unmuted TedX LeidenUniversity, PLNT Leiden
  • The Collective Thought Bar Bario Amsterdam
  • Wasser Zündorfer Wehrturm Köln untill 21.05
  • Fotofestival Eindhoven Sectie-C Eindhoven untill  21.05


  • Mi Sabi Open Eye Gallery Liverpool 
  • Penumbra de Hallen Amsterdam
  • Still Here Staromestská Galéria Zichy Bratislava
  • (Un)documented Migration Amare the Hague  
  • Bloot, by Curated the Young Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Hasselt & Leuven.
  • What's Left Behind online exhibition at
  • PAUSE Atelier Cocon Coloré Berlin
  • Countercurrents V192 the Hague
  • Penumbra Northern Photographic Centre Oulu


  • GRRL Telephone by GRRL HAUS CINEMA Ilali Berlin


  • HAARE oder HAIR Marc-Antoine Gallery Berlin
  • Everything home is far away FK-Kollektiv Berlin
  • Your Local Newsstand online exhibition 
  • Positur#1  Stadtteil Zentrum Nordstadt Hannover
  • Home Museum by LagosPhoto Festival


  • FRESH EYES Launch & Exhibition Voies Off Arles
  • Nobel Pllek Amsterdam
  • S.E.L.F. Gibberish Liverpool
  • Untitled Das Giftraum
  • Threads of Yesterday CLB, Berlin
  • Kunstroute Watertoren, Naaldwijk
  • Nobel VondelCS Amsterdam
  • Groupshow Scotiabank CONTACT PhotographyFestival  


  • False Front GlogauAIR Berlin
  • Halle 424 Hamburg
  • Nobel Stadsschouwburg Haarlem
  • Monitor AIR Gallery, Manchester
  • Fear in the City Festival des Idées Paris  


  • Jula Festival (self)identity exhibition, Munich
  • Ogreen Festival designkwartier
  • Solo exhibition La Dolce Berlin
  • Rejected Rum Factory London
  • Groups exhibition De Balie Amsterdam
  • Nasty Woman Josilda da Conceição Gallery Amsterdam
  • Kunsthuis 18 Naaldwijk
  • Solo exhibition Narrenkastl Frohnleiten
  • Collab Show South East Drift London  

  • Kruidhuis Den Bosch, 2016
  • New Dutch photography talent 5&33 Gallery Amsterdam, 2015
  • Facing Animals Muzerije, 2015
  • Foamlab Foam Amsterdam, 2011



  • Finalist Carte Blanche Paris Photo Fair 2022
  • Foam museum Flickr up Third price winner
  • Kunstbazaar 2016 Young Talent
  • Adobe Creative Jam 2018 Jury Award
  • Fresh Future 2019 by Fabrik Carbon
  • Blurring the Linese 2022, special mention



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