BOLD - photo exposition by Carolien Sikkenk - on tour in Europe
13 September 2019
BOLD exposition on tour in Europe


Carolien Sikkenk has photographed women who have lost their hair following chemotherapy or as result of intensive radiation therapy. For most women, losing their hair can be a very upsetting experience.

Once the hair is gone, a different kind of beauty emerges. Other features draw our attention; delicately or strongly outlined cheekbones, cheerful freckles, the shape of the lips, a certain sparkle in the eyes. The hair no longer detracts our attention from the pure beauty of a face. Faces that in the absence of the framework normally provided by hair, radiate strength, emotion and femininity.

It takes courage to let others see you without your hair. Not only are these women ‘bald’, they are above all ‘BOLD’: strong and courageous.

Race for the Cure

Think Pink Europe feels that this project needs to be seen by as many people as possible, that is why the exposition is going on a European tour. Race for the Cure is the ideal opportunity to show the portraits to a wide audience. The idea is that the exhibition grows as it visits the countries that are part of the Think Pink Europe community. New portraits will be made on location and will be added to the series.

This year the BOLD series will be shown during the races in Athens (Greece) and Pescara (Italy). We plan to travel to Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) next year and more locations will be announced soon.

About Carolien Sikkenk

Carolien Sikkenk is a professional photographer. Her talent lies in taking photos of people in very diverse settings ranging from portraits  to documentary photography, from fashion to advertising, with past work being featured in magazines, advertising campaigns and exhibited around the world.