Diewke van den Heuvel

About Diewke van den Heuvel

Diewke van den Heuvel graduated in 2005 as a photographer at the University of Arts Utrecht. Since then she has been active as an artist, freelancer and teacher in photography. To summarise, Diewke trains herself and the people around her on how the images we create tell the stories we don’t hear but we do see with our eyes. Currently, she is working on the project Strijpers; making portraits of all the neighbours in the Strijp-S neighbourhood in Eindhoven. Diewke van den Heuvel is a photographer, teacher and also a neighbour in the Strijp-S area in Eindhoven, where Philips originally manufactured its light bulbs.

Why Diewke was invited to TEDxEindhoven

Diewke has been exploring photography as a weapon to show people a different perspective of themselves and their surroundings. Her work shows the fragile dividing line between what is real and what is not real, and that sometimes, reality is a matter of perspective. Even a familiar surrounding might hold a different truth than what you would expected at first glance. Diewke teaches others to see these alternative realities and has experienced that these different views can surprise even her. 

What will Diewke speak about

How her own photography revealed a new truth about the neighbourhood she lives in and how she uses her photography to influence and train people in taking a new perspective on the communities she is a member of.


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