Nadine Stijns (1977, Geleen) graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague in 2001. Her work has been presented at a wide variety of venues in The Netherlands and abroad, including The Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai, FotoDepartament in St. Petersburg and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing. Recently Stijns was long-listed for the Dutch Doc Awards 2014 and selected for the annual photo assignment of the Amsterdam City Archives. The past few years Stijns has been working in Asia on projects related to labour migration. In these projects, she plays a mediating visual and investigative role. Her first book, about her work in China was launched at Unseen Photo Fair 2013 (designed by Cobbenhagen Hendriksen and published by Fw: Books).
For the Amsterdam City Archives she will continue working on her project A Nation Outside A Nation, which will also be central to her presentation at Unseen Photo Fair 2014. The project offers a remarkable insight into the labour migration of Filipinos and focuses on the relationships between migrants and their relatives back home. It tells tales about family love, inventiveness and traditional values; about the anchors of our self-confidence. It shows the hardships that come with poverty, and the inevitable need to search for a brighter future elsewhere.