Rotterdam, hoe gaat het? 2020, at Foundation Mesh. Installation of various works in window displays at Marconiplein, Rotterdam. Digital poster prints, various sizes

Exhibition Family, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, 2018-2019.
Digital C-Prints, different sizes and frames.

In Between Homes, Rino Alvarez, Curaçao - “Ik ben een Rotterdammer”. Full HD picture movie with soundscape and interviews. Screened at Kunstinstituut Melly, 2019. In company of drinks and snacks from Curaçao.

Photographer Florian Braakman has lived in Rotterdam-Delfshaven since 2013. In September, he temporarily moved to Charlois for 6 weeks to create new work for art festival Charlois Speciaal. This new living and working environment caused Florian to adopt new routines. His fresh and open mind led to unplanned encounters with residents and situations. Using a film camera, he moved intuitively through the various districts of Charlois, until recently a relatively unknown and underexposed district for him. His silent film Dit is Zuid, 2020 takes the viewer on a journey through people, urban nature, habits and the changes that Charlois is going through. Dit is Zuid, 2020 reflects on current themes such as migration and identity, but is also an ‘observation exercise’ and an ode to the neighbourhood. The film will be screened in various locations in Charlois’ public space.

Prospects & Concepts, Mondriaan Fund shows talent.

“Florian Braakman (1988) is a photographer who wants to connect people through his photos. He captures everyday human relationships in urban life. Braakman is mainly concerned with his own neighbourhood: the multicultural Delfshaven in Rotterdam. Out of his concern about the polarization of society and his sincere curiosity about the background of his fellow residents, he started the long-term project Delfshaven’s Finest (2013-present). “What is it like to be a ‘30-year-old, white, male photographer’ in a neighborhood where at least 70% of the population is defined as ‘immigrant’?” Braakman wondered. During his work process, he makes contact with local residents via camera, portrays them, sometimes works for local entrepreneurs and shares the results with them via door-to-door newspapers. “I think this dialogue is important because it allows me to make my work not only about my subject, but also for it”. With easily accessible distribution of his photos, Braakman brings current social themes such as cultural diversity, origin and integration on the doorstep. He distributed such a newspaper also in the autumn of 2018 as part of his Artist in Residence at Framer Framed, among the residents of the Amsterdam neighborhood Molenwijk.

Broer (2017-present) is a series of portraits of men who amicably call him ‘brother’ on the street. It is a series about street culture but also about acceptance and the concept of family. This series is also part of the group exhibition ‘Family’ in Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. For the picture movie installation In Between Homes, Curaçao – Ik ben een Rotterdammer (2017 – 2018), Braakman traveled with a his neighbour to his homeland Curaçao. With the title Braakman refers to the sense of identity and life between two different worlds.”

Text by: Esther Darley

Broer, 2017 - present. Digital C-Prints in various frames, 30 x 40 cm, 20 x30 cm, 13 x 18 cm. In Between Homes, Silas Khalipha - South Africa, 2018 “Everyone here think’s I’m a millionaire”. Inkjet print, 105 x 70 cm, unframed with magnets. Triptych with Digital C-Prints on dibond. Delfshaven’s Finest 2013 - present, spreads from newspaper.

Publieke Werken, 2020
Car I, Rotterdam Zuid, 2017

Publieke Werken, 2021
Delfshaven Collage I, 2021 Two posters available, send me a email when you’re interested

Scanning Delfshaven at Foundation Mesh, 2018

In November 2018, Florian Braakman was the first artist-in-resident at Werkplaats Molenwijk, the new community space set up by Framer Framed. In dialogue with its residents, he created a new photographic work on Molenwijk, which resulted in a newpaper (distributed house-by-house) and a collective exhibition in the Molenwijk.

Various works from Delfshaven screened on the media wall of Theater Rotterdam in the exhibition ‘The Invisible City’.