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Karin Bareman (b. 1982, Hulst, The Netherlands) is a writer, photographer and assistant curator in photography based in Amsterdam. Her articles have appeared in Foam Magazine, Unseen Magazine, Of the Afternoon Magazine and have been published on American Suburb X and Potaatoo.

She has been an online portfolio reviewer for the Kaunas Photo Festival in Lithuania since 2012, a portfolio reviewer at the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography in 2014, and an external examiner at the Fotoacademie in Amsterdam in 2014. Karin is currently one of the jury members for the LensCulture Exposure Awards. She was invited as guest speaker at the National Photography Symposium in Liverpool in 2011, providing an insight into Dutch photography institutions. She has also presented at the Bronx Documentary Center in 2014 and at the Summer at New Holland Festival in St. Petersburg in 2013.

Karin obtained an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and a subsequent MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. She is primarily interested in 'iconic' imagery and visual repetition, the interchange between film and photography, the relationship between audiovisual culture and memories, the connection between popular culture and globalization, and in tourism and pilgrimage, especially in relation to the former USSR.

In her role as assistant curator at Foam, the photography museum in Amsterdam, she has produced Still//Life – Contemporary Dutch Photography at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing as part of the Amsterdam city council trade delegation. Karin has also produced four exhibitions as part of the Netherlands – Russia Year 2013: Still//Life – Contemporary Dutch Photography at the Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, the Perm State Art Gallery and the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum, and Foam presents Me & My Models by Jan Hoek at Summer at New Holland Festival St. Petersburg. She has co-produced amongst many others the following exhibitions at Foam:

* Under Construction – New Positions in American Photography
* Don't Stop Now! Fashion Photography Next
* William Klein
* Reflected – Works from the Foam Collection
* Tim Hetherington – Infidel
* Lieko Shiga – Canary
* Diane Arbus
* Alex Prager – Compulsion
* Erik Kessels – Album Beauty
* Ron Galella – Paparazzo Extraordinaire!
* New York Times Magazine Photographs
* Joel Sternfeld – Color Photographs since 1970
* What's Next? The Future of the Photography Museum
* Still//Life – Contemporary Dutch Photography
* Misha de Ridder – Solstice
* Antiphotojournalism
* W. Eugene Smith – More Real than Reality
* Joan Fontcuberta – Landscapes without Memory
* Johan van der Keuken - Quattorze Juillet
* Jim Goldberg – Open See
* Karl Blossfeldt
* Alexander Gronsky

Karin's films have been shown at the Imperial War Museum North (Manchester 2006), Life in Motion Festival (Manchester, 2006), Docs for Sale/Idfa (Amsterdam, 2006), 12a Mostra Internacional do Filme Etnografico (Rio de Janeiro 2007), Dialektus Festival (Budapest, 2008) and the Astra Film Cinemateque Program (Sibiu, 2010).

Her photographs have been included in the group exhibition Capture Manchester at the Cube Gallery (Manchester 2009), resulting in the synonymous publication. Her pictures have been published in Foam Album 09, Foam Album 10, Foam Album 11, and PhotoQ Yearbook 2011. Her works have also been part of the group exhibition at The Gallery (Hulst, 2010) and the group show at the Amsterdam Centre for Photography (Amsterdam, 2011). Her images have further been printed in Red Magazine, Foam Magazine, NRC Next, Nederlands Dagblad and Nieuw West Express, and on foam.org, PhotoQ, deprael.nl and psy.nl

Her photography is inspired by practitioners as diverse as Sarah Moon, Mike Brodie, Ellie Davies, Diane Arbus, Joel Sternfeld, W. Eugene Smith, Nan Goldin, Larry Clark, Jacob Holdt, Chris Marker, Monika Bielskyte, Leonie Purchas, John Davies, Steven Shore, Sally Mann, Stefan Vanfleteren, Robert Frank and Walker Evans. In her photography she uses the camera as a tool to investigate and record her encounters with different kinds of people and places.

Follow Karin on Twitter: @karinbareman
(c) Adi Talwar