Milette Raats (b.1971) has worked as visual artist and freelance photographer since 1996. Travel, the meetings that ensue abroad, staging, and the use of analogue cameras (including the 1952 Agfa Billy) are primary components of the photography of Milette Raats. In her tableaux vivants she plays with elements from various eras, sometimes setting you on an unexpected track. Her love for travel and analogue photography merge and flourish in her work, culminating in the filmic and picturesque. Her work is characterised by strongly introspective images that bring film stills to mind. She considers it crucial that the viewer is able to freely interpret her work.
Milette Raats studied at the Utrecht School of the Arts (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht) in the Netherlands and at the L’École des Beaux Arts de Marseille in France. In 2002 she published her first book ‘Present – a Photojourney through Europe’ (BIS Publishers, Amsterdam). The images collected in SOLO (2007) reflect the progression of Raats’ ouvre with a selection of 4 projects in it. In 2007 she became a member of Lensmodern Photographers London, and in 2014 of Gallery Seelevel Amsterdam.
Milette Raats exhibits in the Netherlands and abroad.
- 2016 Finalist Landscape Award, Headon Photo Festival Sydney (AU)
- 2016 Lensculture London, Nomination Emerging Talent Award (UK)
- 2016 Lensculture London, Nomination Portrait Award (UK)
- 2016 solo, 5&33 Gallery/ ART’OTEL Amsterdam (NL)
- 2015 ‘Transmission’ icw Koos Breukel Amsterdam Museum (NL)
- 2014 Gallery Sirius Tokyo (JP)
- 2014 Emerald House i.c.w. Gallery Seelevel Amsterdam (NL)
- 2014 Amstel Gallery Amsterdam (NL)
- 2013 Photoville, International Photo Festival New York (USA)
- 2011 Her work was shown at IJFFF Photo & Film Festival, Amsterdam (NL)
- 2014 Gallery Majke Husstege (Dutch Gallery Award) (NL)
- 2010 through 2012 exhibitions at Galerie Majke Husstege, Den Bosch (NL)
- 2009 Meteorite Londen (UK)
- 2007 member of Lensmodern photo agency in London (UK)
- 2007 aswell as 2013 Dutch Photo Festival Naarden (NL)
- 2007/2006 Gallery Cicterna, Moscow (RU)
- 2017 PS Camera (location on further notice) (NL),
in which she collaborates with Paul de Nooijer