Roelof Bakker (born Leeuwarden, Netherlands) lives in the UK. His work combines photography, video, writing and publishing and addresses the ever-increasing speed and momentum of contemporary life as well as the often tragic disposability of memory and the material.

Publications include How Many Hopes Lie Buried Here Mother (Negative Press London, 2016), Strong Room (Negative Press London, 2014) with artist/writer Jane Wildgoose and Still (Negative Press London, 2012), a collaboration with twenty-six writers, runner-up for Best Mixed Anthology at the 2013 Saboteur Awards.

His short fiction has been published by Norwich-based Unthank Books in Unthology 5, 6, 7 and 9, (2014-2017), editors Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones.

CONTACT roelof(at)rbakker.com

EXHIBITIONS/SCREENINGS
2016 How Many Hopes Lie Buried Here Mother • Dutch Centre, London EC2N 2HA • 11 October to 18 December
2015 Beneden/below • De Grote Enk, Arnhem, the Netherlands • 1 January to 31 December
2014 Kaleid 2014 • independent artists’ book exhibition • 19 July, Art Academy, SE1
2014 Where were we? • group show • 27 June, Meantime Project Space, Cheltenham Spa
2014 F Book Show, new photography books from the UK • 26 March-13 April, 72 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2012 Still • 17 September-30 October 2012, Foyles, Charing Cross Road, WC2
2012 Leap • group show, 25 July- 23 September 2012 • Bruce Castle Museum, N17
2012 Electra in Peckham • group show • 3-5 March 2012, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London W1
2012 Marginal Arts Festival • group show • 16-21 February, Roanoke, Virginia, USA
2011 The Meantime Multiplex 2011 • group video show • 6-25 November, Meantime Project Space, Cheltenham Spa
2011 Cats And Dogs • group show • 6-29 July, Unit 24, London SE1
2011 22 Artists • group show • 31 April-14 May, The Original Gallery, N8
2011 Wanderlust • 7-8 May, Hornsey Library, Crouch End Open Studios 2011, N8
2011 Rethink: Idea, Output, Exchange • group show • 4 April, Rivington Place, EC2
2010 Still • 4-7 November, Hornsey Town Hall, N8
2006 365 Days • Rosebery Gardens, London N8 (Time Out Arts’ Critics’ Choice, 26 April 2006)

Roelof Bakker 365 Days Time Out

EVENTS
2017, 17 June, Negative Press presents Martin Crawley and Dr Jane Wildgoose, one day exhibition and salon, Elton House, London
2017, 8 June, IABA Europe, Life Writing, Europe and New Media, Kings College, London– with Dr Jane Wildgoose, Strong Room: Material Memories and the Digital Record
2017, 6 April, Project U, The Library, Norwich – reading of story ‘Yellow’
2016, 13 November, Remembrance Day Speech in the Dutch Church, London – ‘Remembering James Carter Irwin and his mother, Jennie Carter Irwin’
2016, 31 July, a tribute and flower laying ceremony for Canadian soldier James Carter Irwin (1898-1916) and his mother Jennie Carter Irwin (1871-1925) at Nunhead Cemetery
2015 London Litcrawl, Petitou, Peckham – reading of stories ‘Green’ and ‘Red’
2015 Project U, The Society Club, Soho – reading of story ‘Green’
2015 London Short Story Festival, Waterstones, Piccadilly, Unthank Books event – reading of story ‘Green’
2014 Polycopies Photobook Fair, Paris Photo, Strong Room represented by Kaleid Editions
2014 The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Strong Room represented by Kaleid Editions
2014 Strong Room readings/talk with Jane Wildgoose, Hornsey Library
2014 Strong Room readings/talk with Jane Wildgoose, Soho Collective
2014 Off the Shelf, ‘Short Story and the Image’ event with Jan Woolf and Jane Wildgoose. Chaired by Carol Topolski
2013 Wanderlust (Roelof Bakker and Christine Carr) – screening and Q&A at Meantime, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
2013 Selector 25th Annual Members Exhibition, London Independent Photography, Strand Gallery
2012 Still readings/talk, Foyles, London WC2
2012 Working with structures, workshop for London Independent Photography. Screenings of Wanderlust and Still
2011 Wanderlust, screening and Q&A at Meantime, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
2010 Analogue photography workshop, year 3 (ages 7-8) and year 5 students (ages 9-10), South Harringey Junior School

AWARDS
2013 Still (Negative Press London, 2012) • runner-up Best Mixed Anthology, Saboteur Awards
2011 The Strong Room (Archive) • first prize, London Photographic Association Still Life 5 (series)
2008 Junkie • third prize, London Photographic Association Still Life 4 (series)

PUBLICATIONS
In Limbo: Brexit testimonies from EU citizens in the UK (Creative Space, 2017 – ‘From Today I’m Only Passing Through’)
Confingo 7
(Confingo Publishing, 2017three photographs from Beneden/below)
Unthology 9
(Unthank Books 2017 – ‘Yellow’)
How Many Hopes Lie Buried Here Mother (Negative Press London, 2016)
Unthology 7
(Unthank Books, 2015 – ‘Green’)
Unthology 6 (Unthank Books, 2015 – ‘Blue’)
Unthology 5 (Unthank Books, 2014 – ’Red’)
Strong Room (Negative Press London, 2014), with Jane Wildgoose
Still (Negative Press London, 2012)
Rethink: Idea, Output, Exchange, Issue 1 (Portland Green, 2011)
365 Days, self-published artist book, 2007

PRESS/BLOGS
Gateways to the First World War (University of Kent) • 8 December 2016 >
No Glory In War • 14 August 2016 >
Sabotage Reviews • 4 July 2015 >
Unthank • 29 March 2015 >
Books and Things • 18 February 2015 >
Litro • 2 February 2015 >
Skylight Train • 20 January 2015 >
The Siren • 30 August 2015 >
Unthank • 10 July 2014 >
Litro • 9 July 2014 >
Sabotage Reviews • 6 July 2014 >
Source, The Photographic Review • Issue 78, spring 2014 >
Material Texts Network • 9 May 2014 >
Josef Chladek • On Photobooks and booksMay 2014 >
Sabotage Reviews • 4 April 2014 >
David’s Book World • 10 February 2014 >
The Short Review • 14 November 2013 >
Wasafiri, Issue 76 • November 2013
Saboteur • 15 April 2013 >
Bookmunch • 12 March 2013 >
Ham&High • 7 March 2013
Necessary Fiction • 18 February 2013 >
Leeswammes • 12 February 2013 >
Just Williams Luck • 3 January 2013 >
Wormhole • 4 December 2012 >
Parrish Lantern • 30 November 2012 >
Follow the Thread • 26 September 2012 >
London Photographic Association June 2011 >
Haringey People December 2010
Andrew Blackman 12 December 2010 >
Artcritiqued.com 28 November 2010 >
Ham & High 4 November 2010 >
F-Blog 28 January 2009 >
London Photographic Association July 2008 >
Radio Netherlands 15 August 2006
PopPhoto.com 18 August 2006
Butt#16, 2006
Time Out (London), 24 June 2006
NRC Handelsblad Netherlands, 3 June 2006
Time Out (London) 26 April 2006
Hornsey Journal 20 April 2006
Creative Review August 2005