Rogier Delfos is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He holds an MA in Critical Studies at the Sandberg Institute and a BA in Graphic Design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He is currently teaching at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Graphic Design Department (BA) and Dutch Art Institute (MA). In his artistic and design practice he works with publishing as a communication technology that creates a multitude of social behaviour. He experiments with an array of techniques of publishing to express his desires and micro-politics and spreads alternative views on labour, gender, the city, education and queerness. His definition of ‘publishing’ has a wide and foremost artistic understanding; he uses various forms of printed matter, film, online platforms, installations, workshops and — as a more recent involvement — by way of writing and performative lecture.
Since 2009 Rogier Delfos is involved in the Werker Collective 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.