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Carnival days – an insider’s view

  It is often said that one has to have a personal link with Carnaval in order to understand it in depth. Whether this is true or not, Paul embodies the saying. His year is incomplete if he cannot undergo the frenzy of the five Carnaval days and nights. As a documentary maker, however, he also wants to find out what, exactly, makes up the uniqueness of the festival for Brabanders like himself who have grown up with it. Together with Elisa, an ...

Some Carnival days – excerpt from the essay

No doubt it is the mythical origin of Carnival that explains why the committed photographer steps out of his reasonably comfortable daily life to pull on a ragged jacket, a hat with the stench of beer which can no longer be washed out and – inevitably – a strip of stuffy curtain. Ask him what possessed him, and you have to look not just at the photographer but at every carnival participant. What can you say? It is Carnival. There are the pub ...

Carnival days – exhibition

  A large selection of the Carnival photos was shown in four solo exhibitions, curated by Paul and Elisa. All three exhibitions took place during the Carnival period from January to April: 2009: Het Markiezenhof Historical Centre, Bergen op Zoom (Netherlands) 2010: The Municipal Museum Aalst 't Gasthuys (Belgium) 2012: Museum Tongerlohuys, Roosendaal (Netherlands) 2014: Galerie De ...

Carnival days – book

Paul van der Stap (photos) and Elisa Veini (essay): Carnavalsdagen | Carnival Days. De Verbeelding Publishing 2009. ISBN 978-90-78909-11-8  The book is available in the webshop of Slowdocs publishers.   Read an excerpt from the essay "Some Carnival days" here. Read more about the Carnival Days project here.   "A treasure of touching and delightful photos." - De ...