[Graduate choice]Interviews and portraits from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie graduates 2012. The book is a collaboration between the graduates and Willem Rieder, 'locatie beheerder' at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. “ During the ‘Rietveld graduation show’, the exhibition where the 'Rietveld' graduates exhibit their end exam work, I dragged a chair and my camera around the grounds to portray the graduates at their exhibition space in the academy. Followed up by interviews and contemplations on being an artist and finding a way to live their dream. The collaboration resulting in a wonderful book where dream and vision are not denied ”.
In 2012 the project [Leaving Traces] started where it kicked off with the Graduates 2012 editions. Books, eBooks and now magazines as well in collaboration with Rietveld students who graduate in July. [Leaving Traces] is an instrument to follow the development of these young artists, after they leave the academy, tracking traces left on the internet. [Leaving Traces] Graduates, the books and magazines are a private initiative, a collaboration between me and the artists involved. Willem Rieder www.leavingtraces.info