Djojo & Versteeg consists of two artists who formed a duo during their time in art school and is located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Rik Versteeg (26) graduated as a fine-art photographer in 2013 and Danny Djojosoedarmo (22) is a self-educated make-up artist and stylist.
By combining forces, they found a way to complement each other’s skills and create images that capture the essence of human experience and immediately project it into a fantasy realm. The result is marked out with both imagination and a thought-provoking reference to the real world.
“We aim to create esthetic, conceptual and stylized imagery based on social themes. We want the viewer to rethink about issues that you are not likely to think about, by using topics that are currently playing a social role.”
The work of the duo unveils a careful process that can be considered an investigation about the liminal area in which imagination and perceptual reality find an unexpected point of convergence. They aim to show the viewer an undiscovered and subconscious world with their photography. Most of their inspiration is withdrawn from theories, myths, technology and diversity, but most importantly; the way the human being is able to relate to it.
After learning how to draw my first butterfly from my mother, my interest in the arts has been growing ever since. When I was in elementary school, I already knew that I wanted to become an artist so I started working on my ideas in high school.
My path as an artist started forming in 2008 when I was at high school and had the guidance of inspiring teachers. Starting out at art school, I realized school just wasn’t the best place for me. I have been creating and developing my own concepts ever since.
I still draw; being the make-up artist for Djojo & Versteeg. But I’m also responsible for the styling and creative direction. Conceptualizing, creating and visualizing, for me, is a way to keep a serene mind in a chaotic environment.
Photography runs in my family and is passed on by different generations. I took my first photograph at the age of 12 and soon discovered this was a clear path for me to take. After graduating from AV-production I was determined to continue my personal development and went to the Willem de Kooning Academy.
After four years of university where I mostly focused on fashion photography I decided to graduate with a conceptual photography series. The main reason for this choice was to create a series that tells a story and was created from the base. For me photography is a way to stimulate the viewer to think about certain issues that they would normally not think about.
“The Masquerade Ball”, QLICK Editions, 10th of December
“Art the Hague”, QLICK Editions, 5th of October till 9th of October 2016
“Exhibtion (Un)labbeled 2016, Camp Pride”, Rotterdam Pride, 23th of Sept till 25th of September 2016
“Most people are other people”, Het Industriegebouw, 17th of June till 26th of June 2016
“Foederer Talent Award 2015, Glow Eindhoven, November 2015
“Ambtenarenjargon”, Haagse Kunstkring, 2th of March till 22th of March 2015
“Group Exhibition”, Dutch Ministry of Finance, 15th of January – 5th of February 2015
”Fotonale Brugge 2014, Obscuur”, Hal Cultuur Brugge, 18th of December 2014 – 14th of January 2015
“Rotterdam International Art Fair, Laurenskerk Rotterdam, 12th & 13th September 2014
“Seemetakeover”, Times Square NY, July 11th 2014
“The Selfportrait” by Avro Kunst, Selected by the jury, VondelCS Amsterdam, May 2014
“The Selfportrait” by Avro Kunst, Selected by the jury, Beeld & Geluid Hilversum, March 2014
“Festival 39 Graden”, Podiumbloos Breda, February 2014
“Cultuurnacht 2014”, Podiumbloos Breda, January 2014
“Black&White”, Berkenhuisje Eindhoven, December 2013
“Barter” FoamLab, Curated by FOAM Amsterdam, October 2013
“Echte Rotterdammers maken kunst”, Sint Maria’s Gallery Rotterdam in cooporation with Museum Rotterdam, September 2013
“En Groupe”, Sint Maria’s Gallery Rotterdam, August 2013
“Graduates 2013”, Willem de Kooning Academie Rotterdam, July 2013
“Fashion Photography”, Kunsthuis 18 Naaldwijk, April & May 2013
“Campaign Wasteland 2016”, Vault Events, November 2016
“CHMPGN, Conny Janssen Productions / Vault Productions, December 2016
”Rotterdamse Kunstkalender 2015”, November 2015
“Curated Newspaper”, Lockjaws, Bristol, Ocotober 2015
“De Etalage”, FOTOgrafie Magazine, May /June 2015
“Blik & Bloos, Podium Bloos December 2014
”New Dutch Photography Talent 2013, GUP
”Als hij mij maar niet aanraakt”, Gaykrant 2013
“Cover Edition C”, Fashion Gun Magazine, The Creativity Issue
”De Witte Piet”, Volkskrant Weekendeinde, December 2013
“Going Dutch”, Wylde Magazine Issue 4, June 2013
“Photosynthesis”, Gun L’Homme Magazine Issue 1, May 2013
“Prophets” Uptempo Magazine | Fashion Gun Magazine | April 2013
“Beastiallity”, Fashion Gun Magazine, 2012
Online Editorials & Articles
“Djojo & Versteeg ontwikkelen Pride expositie”, GayRotterdam, by Alex Verhulst.
“Discover TWOL24 Fashion Movie”, Interview with Dojo & Versteeg, by Aude Chalot, Blend/Bureaux
“Djojo & Versteeg”, Landescape Art Review, September 2015
“The Surrealistic Work of Djojo & Versteeg”, by Jeffrey Sterken, www.citizenmag.com
“Two talents from Rotterdam creating an imaginary world, Your Soul On Fire
“Het beste van HP/ de Tijd Expo 2014, HP/ de Tijd Expo
“Djojo & Versteeg the new iconic duo of fashion photography and art-direction” Iconoclast Daily
“Djojo & Versteeg en de mens als weerspiegeling van het universum”, Hp/ de Tijd Expo
“Emagazine Get Inspired Magazine”
“Portfolio Djojo & Versteeg”, Snapmix.net
“Portfolio Djojo & Versteeg”, GetInspiredMagazine.com
“Creativiteit is nooit uit de mode”, ikbenpenelope.nl
“Artist of the Week”, THRLD
“Going Dutch for Wylde Magazine”, clean-mag.com
‘Roodkapje Winterwolven V ‘Shelters’, Roodkapje Rotterdam & Daan Draait, November 2016
‘Define Slow Fashion’, TWOL24, May 2016
‘From Sculpture to Body’, Ilona Putkaradze, Fashion Show Collection Video, 2013