Addiction is still a big taboo. With this photo book, Vivian Keulards breaks her silence around the addiction and death of her brother Hans. Years after his death, she went in search for answers. Why did he get addicted and she didn’t, how did he feel and could she have done anything? Her brother Hans was only 38 years old when he died in a hotel room in Berlin. His sudden cardiac arrest was caused by drugs. His death is a fact, the way he died a taboo.
The book reflects her feelings, thoughts and memories during her quest. She visited Berlin, studied her family albums and talked to many people who dealt with addiction. The book comes with an essay by writer Ralf Mohren, known from his novel “Tonic”. In the past Ralf struggled with an alcohol addiction.
Vivian Keulards was born and raised in the Netherlands and successfully graduated as a portrait photographer at the Photo Academy in Amsterdam in 2009. In the past she also gained a master’s degree in communication science, where she mainly focused on visual culture and imaging. In her spare time she enjoyed printing in the darkroom. It was later in life, at the age of 35, that she decided to become a professional photographer. One year after her graduation at the Photo Academy she moved to Colorado (USA) with her family and lived there for 3 years. In the US she learned more about photography as art and developed herself as a conceptual portrait photographer.
Vivian’s portrait series have often been created over a longer period of time and are narrative (conceptual). Children, adolescents and vulnerable groups within society are recurring subjects in her photography. Her series are documentary or creative/fine-art based. For this reason, her work is shown on various platforms: photo festivals, galleries, newspapers and magazines. She works on her own projects as well as on assignments.
Her portraits have been published, exhibited and rewarded internationally. The Annenberg Space for Photography, Photoville NY and Kolga Tbilisi are a few places where her work was shown. She was a Critical Mass top 50 winner in 2015 and 2016. Her first book ‘Flaming Grace’ was awarded 3 times gold and 1-time bronze in the Moscow International Photo Awards 2017. And recently Schilt Publishing published her personal project ‘to Hans’, where she breaks the taboo around the cause of her brother’s death.
28.5cm x 24.5cm
Edition of 350