Forhanna Foundation

About Forhanna

Forhanna Foundation was established in 2017 by Willem Poelstra to support in-depth documentary photography and cross-media projects with which the artists have a strong personal involvement and to manage Poelstra’s oeuvre. The foundation focuses on documentaries in the form of in-depth and long term projects, related to the aftermath of conflict and the contemporary issues which arise from it.

Based on Poelstra’s vision and approach, Forhanna believes that personal engagement in the subject, profound journalism, and research are integral to gaining intelligent insight and deepening the output of the visual lens.

Forhanna facilitates the production of photographic projects through exhibitions, publications, and other online and offline activities. The aim is to stimulate public dialogue, reach and engage a wide audience and generate more empathy and awareness.

The projects

Future Stories from the Past ...

Current project  |  Willem Poelstra

Upcoming project | Geert van Kesteren

‘Photojournalism within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict knows restrictions – for many reasons. One of them is that a conflict between two people that last for more than 130 years can not be measured by the limitations of victim and perpetrator – it’s much more complex. An other is that we are dealing with the Holy Land – birthplace of the three monotheistic religions –, where a direct line between man and God exists; God’s Address.

Religion provides an ideological framework for understanding the world. The expectations for a land where heaven and earth literally meet are extremely high. If what we believe in is not met by reality on the ground we get bitterly disappointed, frustrated and even lost; is our fantasy or is the reality corrupted? That is an essential question that defines the tragedy and the enchantment of this place. A photojournalist who wants to give a meaningful understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only do so in an image where Legend and truth meet.

GOD’S ADDRESS is a project in which I am looking for the human perspective within the stalled conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. A journey through a split country, along borders, conflicts, and sanctuaries, to reveal a reality that is far more human than the well-known images of violence and intimidation. During my journey, in conversations with residents, scientists and believers, it becomes clear that this country, as a birthplace of monotheism, houses a fundamental question; About who we are as human beings, and what motivates us.’ – Geert van Kesteren, April 2017.

Forhanna is in discussion with Geert van Kesteren about the possibilities to support his project God’s Address. Together, they look for an innovative form and a concrete goal to express his journalistic footage in a surprising and revealing way.

Open call Forhanna Foundation (call closed)

‘To Infinity and Beyond’, is the theme of the 8th edition of BredaPhoto in 2018. It will explore the impact of ongoing progress in science. What has science done for us? Will it bring us nothing but progress? Or are we at risk of opening a Pandora’s box full of unwelcome surprises?

The Forhanna Foundation put out an open call and invites you to submit your documentary photography/cross-media project on this theme. The foundation will partly fund the project and will provide guidance up to the exhibition at BredaPhoto 2018, from 5 September to 21 October.

The winning project will be selected in collaboration with the curators of BredaPhoto. Forhanna has stipulated an important condition related to the content of the project: The artist must have a demonstrable personal involvement in the subject-matter.

The winner will be announced on 6 November 2017.

People behind Forhanna

Executive board
Jan Paul Reij – Chairman
Imke Ruigrok – board
Guido van Eijck – board
Lotti Pronk – Project Manager
Ana Dragic – Representative Belgrade Serbia
Ereblina Elezaj – Representative Pristina Kosovo

Advisory board
Lars Boering
Geert van Eijck
Vincent van den Eijnde
Willem Poelstra – Founder

ANBI – information
Forhanna is classified as ANBI which status entitles donors to gift deductions:
125 percent of the amount donated.
There is no need to pay any donation and inheritance tax.
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