Fotowerk Paul Donker Duyvis / PDDstudio Fotografie
The Sage of Rotterdam, 1983
(Portrait of James Lee Byars as Sjaman
in the Tower)

aangekocht door Museum Boymans – van Beuningen,
Rotterdam 5-9-2016
Sjarel Ex – Director,  Els Hoek, Curator Education, Francesco Stocchi – Curator Contemporary art

Het fotowerk The Sage of Rotterdam, 1983
maakt onderdeel uit van de expositie
Nog nooit eerder getoond werk van James Lee Byars
uit de Collectie van  Carlos Becerra,
18.06.2016 – 25.09.2016 
in Boijmans

Paul Donker Duyvis-Sjaman (JLB-THE SAGE OF ROTTERDAM) 1984 HR 06

Paul Donker Duyvis- The Sage of Rotterdam, 1983 (Portrait of James Lee Byars in the Tower)










vlnr. Sjarel Ex, directeur, Els Hoek, curator,  Paul Donker Duyvis
5-9-2016 Museum Boymans- van Beuningen Rotterdam


Encumbered Memo´s for Bosnia (Sarajevo 2008)

Encumbered Memo´s for Bosnia – Sarajevo 2008
Paul Donker Duyvis

This project is part of XXIV International Festival Sarajevo, Winter 7.2. – 21.3. 2008. Visual Identity:

Barricades Without Borders- New (Brave) World

The theme „Barricades Without Borders- New (Brave) World” opens up the question of dialogue between different generations which participated, each in their own way, in creating a new world while destroying the barricades between their dreams, their goals and the world which surrounds them and in which they live. Every generation is confronted with the same experience: that in front and behind them stand barricades without borders. The creation of a new world means life in a “brave world…

Going to Bosnia and Sarajevo as an invited Artist for the Festival 2008 makes me aware of a deep but hidden feeling of collective guilt about what happened in Srebrenica. The Srebrenica Genocide, was the July 1995 killing of an estimated 8,000 Bosnian boys and men, who were supposed to be fully protected by the Dutch Army and the UN troops. But the International Organisations let the Massacre happen in front of their eyes.

The Srebrenica massacre is the largest mass murder in Europe since World War II. Theodor Meron: By seeking to eliminate a part of the Bosnian Muslims [Bosniaks], the Bosnian Serb forces committed genocide. They targeted for extinction the forty thousand Bosnian Muslims living in Srebrenica, a group which was emblematic of the Bosnian Muslims in general. They stripped all the male Muslim prisoners, military and civilian, elderly and young, of their personal belongings and identification, and deliberately and methodically killed them solely on the basis of their identity.

The Memo´s for Bosnia were daily Ceremonies, Performances, Installations, Meditations and Conversations with the Public about the recent war done at different historical locations in the Public Domain of Sarajevo: The Market, The main Mosque, the Synagogue, the Old Orthodox Church and the Turkish Cultural Center.
This project was part of the Exhibition “Encumbered” by Nine Dragon Heads Artists group, curated by Park Byoung Uk in Turkish Cultural Center, 6-11 February 2008 Sarajevo

I am still working to finish my Sarajevo project.
For me it was quite emotional.
It affected me a lot…

Park Byoung Uk – Curator
Nine Dragon Heads Foundation
Denizhan Ozer and Yula Shin (additional photography)
Gordana Andelic and Biró József
Yoko Kajio for inviting me to make a painting for her
– Mr. Wadja, Priest of the Old Orthodox Church Sarajevo

– and all the anonymous persons who participated in my project by telling me their private and emotional stories. Each story is symbolised by their small gifts for the Memo Installations in Sarajevo.
None of the meetings and conversations were recorded on audio, video or photo for reasons of intimacy and integrity.

– Barricades Without Borders- New (Brave) World

Turkish Cultural Center Sarajevo

JUMP (Me Myself and I) 2004

JUMP (Me Myself and I) 2004
© Paul Donker Duyvis

Comments says:
This is a remarkable photo. The ultimate silence of the touching of the water. More than in any other photo time is frozen. The Japanese have this remarkable little word ‘ma’ to express the suspension of time. It leads me further on to ponder on the size of the lake, and allows me to think of the lake as being round, circular and encompassing all. Like in the evocative pictures of Van der Heijden. The mirror like surface draws my attention to the title. a self-portrait? How is Paul included in this picture? Who is this mysterious I?
Posted May 2007