Explore, Connect, Enjoy & Create!

Our exhibition at Vondelpark is not an ordinary exhibition. It’s an exchange platform, where we give you something: important photo stories to collect; and you can give us something in return: your enthusiasm for photography and visual storytelling as a member of the Docking Station Community.

With this exhibition - concepted and designed by Featuring Amsterdam - we hope to inspire as many people as possible to take the stories home and share them with others, and thus help us moving the stories forward. In this demo, powered by Slices, we show you how it works (on a mobile device: swipe through the slides to read the instructions).

The exhibition is part of our programme Sharing Stories, which was made possible with support from Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, BNG Cultuurfonds, VSB Fonds, BankGiro Loterij Fonds and all our loyal Docking Members.

Join us @ Sharing Stories!

We believe in the power of stories, and in the importance of these stories to be heard. That's why we are organizing a special program called 'Sharing Stories'. With an outdoor exhibition and two public talks with some of the best story tellers around.

EXHIBITION: Pick Your Story
In an interactive outdoor exhibition in Vondelpark, Amsterdam, we present the stories of our past 13 Dockers. A giant wall will be put up, containing posters of each Docker's work. You can take your favorite poster along with you, and also leave something behind by becoming part of our community.

For an impression about the participating Dockers and their work, see Our Dockers
More information about the exhibition will follow in the coming weeks.

WHEN: September 18 - October 31 2017
WHERE: outside, next to VondelCS, Vondelpark 3 Amsterdam

PUBLIC TALKS: Family Stories
In two public talks, some of the best storytellers from different backgrounds and disciplines will share their stories and insights with the audience.

>> 23.09.2017 Family Stories (English spoken)

An evening of remarkable family stories that make up a much larger and more universal story. With four master storytellers from different backgrounds and disciplines. What made them make these stories? How vulnerable are they, sharing such personal subjects? What form did they choose to tell their story and why?

Our guests:
Singaporean photographer Sim Chi Yin, our latest Docker, talks about her extensive project One Day We'll Understand, in which she explores a hidden chapter of the Cold War in Asia, taking her family history as her starting point.

Filmmaker Yan Ting Yuen will discuss her acclaimed film My Father's Choice (De keuze van mijn vader) in which she  links the personal history of her father and his family to the major developments of the past fifty years within China.

Sara Kolster (interactive director and designer) talks about her radio documentary When I was five years old (Toen ik vijf was). Through conversations with her parents, relatives, her own daughter and children who have lost a sibling at early age she explores how children deal with this loss - and how she dealt with it herself. 

Ogutu Muraya is a Kenyan writer, theatre-maker and storyteller. He will tell a beautiful story about Kenia's colonial past, using his masterful, dynamic storytelling style.

Presentation: Jaïr Stein
Language: English

WHEN: Sat Sept 23rd, 20:00 - 22:00
WHERE: VondelCS, Vondelpark 3, Amsterdam
TICKETS: 5 euros, order here.

>> 27.09.2017 Extended Family (Dutch spoken)

The second evening is about stories about the extended families we are part of: the family, neighborhood, society or culture we live in. How do we relate to these communities, and what responsibilities do we have for ourselves and each other?

With Sarah Sylbing and Ester Gould, the duo behind the successful documentary series Indebtful (Schuldig), Karin Junger, director of the compelling film Me, alone in the classroom and Beri Shalmashi, a Dutch-Kurdish documentary maker who is currently finalising her transmedia project Big Village. Using photography, video and audio, she reconstructs her childhood village as well as her own turbulent history.

Presentation: Patrick van der Hijden
Language: Dutch

WHEN: Wed Sept 27th, 20:00 - 22:00
WHERE: VondelCS, Vondelpark 3, Amsterdam
TICKETS: 5 euros, order here.

Photo: Sim Chi Yin, from the series One Day We'll Understand

Photo: Sim Chi Yin, from the series One Day We'll Understand

LIGHTBOX & DOCKING STATION

              Creative Director: Sheng-Wen Lo
 

Docking Station found a new partner to move stories forward! Lightbox is a Taiwanese organisation founded by Sheng-Wen Lo. 

More about Lightbox:

"In 2016 Taiwan, we see that past records of Taiwanese photography remain scattered and incomplete, and those interested in photography have no place to go for research, learning and discussion. While photography exhibitions and events take place regularly in Taiwan, these efforts have been piecemeal. Subsequent archival organization and focused research have been few and far between. 

In response to this, we have established Lightbox Photo Library. Expanding upon the free, open and public-facing nature of both photography and library, we take on the work of collecting and organizing publications of Taiwanese photography. Meanwhile, we strive for public participation because together we construct a photographic culture of our own.

Lightbox Photo Library also hosts talks, lectures and workshops, triggering new thoughts and actions through dynamic conversations, encouraging exchanges between participants, and working towards a positive cycle of cultural autonomy and freedom of knowledge.Expanding upon the free, open and public-facing nature of both photography and library, we take on the work of collecting and organizing publications of Taiwanese photography. Meanwhile, we strive for public participation because together we construct a photographic culture of our own."

We are proud to announce...

 

...that Docking Station and NOOR - photo agency and foundation, are joining forces. 

NOOR will exchange knowledge and expertise with the international photographers (Dockers) staying in the Docking Station Hub. For the Dockers, but also for other photographers, NOOR offers an inspiring educational program with workshops, trainings, masterclasses and lectures. 

Asmara Pelupessy, NOOR’s Education Director, became our Docking Ambassador. She scouts new talented international photographers for us. She focuses, just like all of our Docking Ambassadors, on socially relevant stories made by involved photographers.

Docking Station's aim with this collaboration is to create new possibilities for national and international photographers: broaden their network, expand their audience and help visual stories to grow. 

Want to know more about NOOR? http://noorimages.com/