Annelie Hendriks; my life in
Multimedia Stories and Photomontages
Ups and downs in my life brought me to my new ambition and life fulfilment:
My main source of inspiration has always been my travels, together with my soulmate Manus or just for my work. Such as our trip by car to Morocco in 1971, to Russia in 1973, by train back and forth to China in 1975 or to Tanzania in 1976 and Syria in 1977. And all those other years to all those other cultures, every trip was a highlight in itself. My work in the field of intercultural communication, management and consultancies strengthened my experience in and with other cultures. Living in Thailand for over twenty years and having worked as a volunteer for 15 years in the Samsara Foundation deepened that. All those experiences and inspirations yielded so much unique material in image and writing.
It was the low points, the sudden death of Manus in 2015 and then the death of my parents in 2017 that led me to digitise the films of my grandfather, the films, photos, diaries and drawings of my parents, the many letters and emails Manus and I have written to each other, the thousand postcards that Manus wrote to his mother every third day during all of our travels, the many photos we took during our lives and our work and so much more. After two years of scanning, that wealth of information was stored on a hard disk.
But then? It took a while before I knew that. When I read a multimedia story from the Washington Post, I suddenly knew. Everything comes together in Multimedia Storytelling; image material and documents, memories and experiences, personal processing and new creativity, archiving and creating new products.
You can find these stories on this website under the headings “Multimedia Stories” and “Photo Stories“.
And then Covid brought the world to a standstill. I was stuck in Australia for 20 months and could not return to my country of residence Thailand. During those 20 months, I took photography courses and was taught how to make photomontage art by Ken Ball, an Australian photographer. That gave me new possibilities to use my photo material in a different way.
Those results can be found on this website under the headings “Photo Montage Art“ and “Frozen Images“.
I am happy that I can share this with everyone who is interested.
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- 1952 Born in Nijmegen in the Netherlands, as the oldest of four children
- 1970-1974 Social Academy in Hengelo
- 1970 Meet and live with Manus Brinkman
- 1974-1980 Political Science, International Relations, University of Amsterdam
- 1980-1985 Producing exhibitions on current topics in the World Museum in Rotterdam
- 1984-1985 Consultant Teleac, Educational Television, for the Chinese language and culture course “Ni Hao”
- 1985-1986 Public Relations & Affairs study
- 1985-2000 China specialist and director of Intercultural Training and Consultancies at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam
- 1988 – 1990 Own company “Euro China Projects”
- 1998 Relocation to Paris, France
- 2000 Relocation to Chiang Mai, Thailand
- 2003-2016 Founder and volunteer in the Samsara Foundation, which built facilities such as canteens, dormitories, toilet blocks and clean water installations at 280 mountain schools in the province of Mae Hong Son,Thailand
- 2015 Manus Brinkman dies from pancreatic cancer. We have been together for 45 years.
- 2017 Parents die at the age of 90 and 91
- Annelie still lives in Thailand