Selected work

 

Unprocessed (2020)

An artist’s book responding visually to research for Bakker’s article ‘A Boy’s Own Trauma: Revisiting a Photograph Recorded in a Nazi Concentration Camp First Encountered as a Child’ (European Journal of Life Writing, 7 July 2020, University of Groningen Press), exploring a George Rodger photograph recorded at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

www.rbakker.com/unprocessed



Fragile (2020)

An artist’s book/postcard linking the impact of viruses across space and time – the 1980s AIDS crisis with the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, while also exploring ideas around photography, books and marks left by the interaction of others.

www.rbakker.com/fragile

 

The Spots That Never Went
Artist’s book (2018) and exhibition (2020)

An artist’s book and subsequent exhibition, confronting the devastation of AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s and how the AIDS crisis continues to impact on a generation of gay men and their friends and families. Spots explores personal memories of past friends and lovers and of a gay scene, now gone.

www.rbakker.com/spots

 

After the Fall (2019)

A multi-layered body of work responding to two unconnected accidents both involving head injuries. The work explores ideas around mortality, memory loss, recovery and remembrance, using photography, performance, printmaking, bookmaking, writing and video. The Ruskin Gallery exhibition (MA Fine Art 2019, Cambridge School of Art) was awarded the 2019 Cambridge Artworks Residency.

www.rbakker.com/fall

 

Curtains and Windows (2011-2018) — with David Rose and Dr Will Montgomery

Author David Rose responds with a short story to video images recorded by Roelof Bakker of the now demolished Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle, London SE1. Bakker responds with new writing of his own. Dr Will Montgomery responds to the video images with a soundscape.

www.rbakker.com/curtains



Strong Room – with Dr Jane Wildgoose (2014)

An artist’s book of photographed traces of past human activity and writing about the loss of tangible experiences and the lack of physical presence in the digital world. The book also explores the historical and academic importance of paper-based archives and the potential of material qualities to prompt the imagination and evoke memories.

www.rbakker.com/strongroom



Wanderlust (London, UK, 2011) – with Christine Carr (Roanoke, US, 2013)

A chronological log of video observations recorded over a year in 2010 during walks in London. Made with basic tools, the camera operates like a mobile CCTV, recording fragments of life unfolding in front of the camera. American photographer Christine Carr made a Roanoke-based film using the same approach in 2012.

www.rbakker.com/wanderlust


Still (2010-2012)

A site-specific body of work exploring a multitude of means to breathe life into a dormant vacated public building (Hornsey Town Hall, north London), combining an artist’s residency, two exhibitions, a video film, a collaborative print publication and a short story competition.

www.rbakker.com/still