Foam 3h: Steffi Reimers

Guilty Grounds

Foam 3h presents the first solo exhibition of Dutch photographer Steffi Reimers. In Guilty Grounds, photos of the landscape in Aspromonte National Park and its surroundings tell us the story of the world's most powerful criminal organisation, the 'Ndrangheta.

About the exhibition

For the conceptual photo project Guilty Grounds, Steffi Reimers travelled to Calabria, in the south of Italy, to explore the dark side of Calabrian history and the origins and kidnapping practices of the world's most powerful criminal organisation, the 'Ndrangheta. Reimers uses the concept of "Guilty Landscapes" to convey the complexity of this tragic history. She reveals the landscapes of Aspromonte National Park as silent witnesses to the pervasive influence of the 'Ndrangheta. Landscapes that were once untouched and peaceful now resonate with memories of events that have subtly left their mark. Each image bears silent witness to the events in Calabria and invites the viewer to join in and make their own interpretations.

Gunshot punctures – Guilty Grounds, 2023 © Steffi Reimers
Still from the video Foam 3h Steffi Reimers - Guilty Grounds

About Steffi Reimers

Steffi Reimers (NL, 1995) completed an internship with documentary photographer Niels Stomps in 2020. In 2021, she obtained her bachelor's degree in photography from the Hogeschool voor Toegepaste Fotografie in Amsterdam. In the same year, she exhibited at the Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, and in 2022 she was one of the GUP New Dutch Photography Talents. In 2022, she published the book Aftermath for which she spent two months in Srebenica, impressively portraying the aftermath of the Yugoslavian civil war.

Transience, trauma and loss are recurring themes in much of her work. Besides her free work, she has also been employed by the Netherlands Forensic Institute as a medical-forensic photographer since 2022. Here she documents forensic investigations and works with a specialised team to give a voice to victims of violence who can no longer express themselves.

The crucifix of ransoms – Guilty Grounds, 2023 © Steffi Reimers

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Aspromonte - Guilty Grounds, 2023 © Steffi Reimers

Florentine Riem Vis Grant recipient

Steffi Reimers is the seventh recipient of the Florentine Riem Vis Grant. The grant was established in memory of Florentine Riem Vis (1959-2016) and is awarded annually to enable a young artist to further develop their artistic career.

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This exhibition is made possible with the support of the Van Bijlevelt Foundation, the Leeuwensteinstichting, the Mondriaan Fund and Kleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab.


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