Rosa Verhoeve lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She graduated in Sculpture/Autonomous Works from the Rietveld Art Academy Amsterdam in 1995. After her graduation, while living in a rural community in France for seven years, she discovered the powerful tool of photography. She became the villagers’ storyteller through images, and has been a storyteller ever since.
Rosa worked in Europe, Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan) and Asia. She has a special relationship with Indonesia, because both her mother and grandmother originate from Java, Indonesia. Recently she has been working on a personal photo project called Kopi Susu (Coffee with Milk) in Indonesia and the Netherlands, about her mixed origins.
Rosa taught photography in Kenya, Ethiopia and Indonesia and is currently teaching Documentary Photography at the Dutch Fotovakschool.
In 2006 she won the National Zilveren Camera (Art category) for her series “Salto Vitale” about Ethiopian youth circuses. In 2009, Christian Caujolle (Agence VU) selected her series TB+, about tuberculosis in Sudan, for the international exhibition Stop TB.