Elke Scholiers (b.1990) is a Belgian photographer, documentary film maker and art director, born and raised in Brussels. She concentrates on social issues focussing on women's rights. Elke creates emotional narratives that are driven by the people she documents. Her work is rooted in the intimacy of the ordinary, capturing a rich, cinematic stillness in her photographs and video work.
After graduating with a Masters in Graphic Design in 2012 from the University of Arts Brussels, she worked as a designer for more than 8 years. In 2015, she relocated to Beijing and became the creative director of the design studio Meat. In 2017, she studied Chinese Language at the National University of Taipei after receiving the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship. After moving back to Beijing, Elke hand-drew the Chinese characters for the children book ‘Nian’, which received the Chinese Original Picture Book Research Institute Award and the Fu Lanya Picture Book Museum Award.
In 2017, Scholiers began her second career as a photojournalist, becoming a regular contributor to leading Dutch newspapers including de Volkskrant and covering front-page stories about China's Communist youth, its transportation infrastructure and its preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics. She also photographed Taiwanese island's memory of war with China. She is a graduate of the Visual Journalism and Documentary Practice program at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her latest work revolves around a single mother who's trying to break through to the middle class.
She speaks English, Dutch, French and Chinese.
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