Desiré van den Berg (1991) graduated in Language Science at the University of Amsterdam, with a minor in Mandarin Chinese at the University of Leiden and the City University of Hong Kong. After her eighteenth birthday she bought herself a camera to accompany her on her journey to Asia. It soon became apparent that photography is her vocation, wherein language still plays an important role.
For Van den Berg photography is a way to discover the world. Through her lens she explores taboo spheres, vibrant cities with its nightlife and diverse subcultures as well as foreign cultures and its minority groups. During her regular trips to Asia, she experienced China as an inverted world. Its culture took her out of her comfort-zone and from this moment on she pursued a practice that seeks uneasiness and confrontation, in which nothing is taken for granted.
Van den Berg's pictures have been published by the Times South-Africa, Refinery29, Vice Magazine, BBC Brazil, and other international publications. GUP Magazine nominated her as Dutch Photography Talent in 2013, she was chosen by Foam Photography Museum as one of the upcoming photographers to sell and exhibit at Foam Photo Town in 2014 and she exhibited her work at the UNSEEN Photo Fair in Amsterdam in 2015, represented by No Man's Art Gallery.