Rogier Delfos is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Institute and is currently teaching at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. His artistic practice evolves around publishing as a communication technology that creates a multitude of social behavior. He experiments with an array of techniques of publishing to express his desires and micropolitics and spread alternative views on labour, gender, education, race and queer sexualities. His definition of ‘publishing’ has a wide and foremost artistic understanding; he is using various forms of printed matter, film, online platforms, installations, workshops and—as a more recent involvement—by way of writing and performative lectures. The research he does seeks into progressive social change through image and language production, self-representation and self-publishing. What are the challenges of an artistic practice through publishing nowadays? Which voices are amplified, which are kept silent and how are these read and understood?
Since 2009 Rogier Delfos is involved in Werker Magazine together with Marc Roig Blesa, which is an editorial project about photography and labour that inquires into the possibility of formulating a contemporary representation of work. In which forms does work appear in our Post-Fordist society? How can we activate a critical and collective practice of self-representation as a form of resistance to the dominant media? Werker takes its name from the Worker Photography movement, a group of associations of amateur photographers that appeared in germany in the 1920s, following in the steps of the first socialist photography experiences in the USSR which extended into the rest of Europe, the USA, and Japan. Far from having a rhetorical approach to Worker Photography, Werker Magazine is interested in their radical practice of photography based on self-representation, self-publishing and image critique.