I am a Dutch-Belgian photographer based in Amsterdam.

I started my theater education at the Theater Academy of Maastricht and after graduating performing in theaters throughout the Netherlands and Belgium.I discovered that the urge to create the scenes rather than play in them, became stronger than the acting itself. Leading to me entering the Fotoacademie Amsterdam and receiving my diploma in 2007 with great distinctions.
By using fictional sources I start a research in which documentary and staged images are mixed.  Although the approach in my work may vary per series, I always try to create dream like images that raise questions rather than give answers.
You could say that my work is permeated with theatrical aspects. Here I am strongly influenced by the game and the fantasy that I developed as an actress but which also determined my view of reality. In recent years I have delved into portrait photography and the fantasy world of children. I traveled across Europe, South Africa, India, Mali, Brazil, Iceland, Greenland ,USA, Mongolia, China and Sri Lanka where I portrayed them in their dream worlds.
 

 

EXHIBITIONS and Fairs

2019 :: Solo exhibition "Being There" Galerie Caroline O'Breen | Amsterdam | Nederland

2019 :: PAN Amsterdam | Galerie Caroline O'Breen | Amsterdam | Nederland

2018 :: Solo exhibition "Portrats aus Munster" Haus der Niederlanden | Munster | Deutschland

2018 :: Solo exhibition Saskia Fernando Gallery | Colombo | Sri Lanka

2018::  Solo exhibition TALES at Litfest (Galle) and Dutch Embassy (Colombo) | Sri Lanka

2017 :  Solo exhibition TALES at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery | Seattle | US

2017 ::  TALES Short film presented by the Musee de L'Elysee for the Prix Elysee | July- September | Les rencontres d'Arles |France

2017 :: Photo Basel international art fair :: Mariane Ibrahim Gallery | Switzerland

2017 :: Group Show  Back Stories Jan 25 – Mar 25 | Mariane Ibrahim Gallery |Seattle | US

2015 :: Dolhuys Museum " De Maakbare Mens" exhibition | Haarlem| The Netherlands

2014 :: M-I-A gallery :: Translations solo exhibition |Seattle |US

2013 :: Oktober- December :: Amphia ziekenhuis | Breda

2012 :: September:: Unseen photo fair | Ron Mandos gallery | Amsterdam

2012 ::  August- September :: Getxophoto exhibition | Bilbao | Spain

2012 :: February- March :: Translations | Ron Mandos Galerie | Amsterdam

2011 :: December- January:: Harry Penningsprijs exhibition | Eindhoven

2011 :: Sept- Dec :: Translations series solo exhibition | Bassano del' Grappa | Italy

2011 :: June- Aug :: Seelevel Photo Gallery :: Group Exhibition | Amsterdam

2011 :: March - April :: Translations Series | Reality-check | FOTODOK Exhibition | Utrecht

2010 :: December - February 2011 :: Humankind | Group Exhibition | NY Photo Festival

2010 :: May - July :: Zwitserleven | Solo Exhibition | Amsterdam

2009 :: December :: Seelevel Photo Gallery | "RENDITION"  | Group Exhibition | Amsterdam

2009 :: September :: Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery | Brighton | UK

2009 :: July - September :: Foto8 Summer Show | HOST Gallery | London

2009 :: April :: PANL # 18 exhibition | Oude kerk | Amsterdam

2008 :: September :: HUP Gallery | Amsterdam | Group Exhibition

2008 :: July - August :: BLOW UP Gallery | Amsterdam | Group Exhibition 

2008 ::  HOST Gallery, FOTO8 exhibition | London

2008 :: April :: PANL Masterclass Exhibition | Oude Kerk | Amsterdam

2007 :: September - October :: Noorderlicht Gallery Pictura | Groningen

 

 

AWARDS and NOMINATIONS

2016-17 ::  Nomination Prix Elysee | Switzerland

2015 :: Winner Theater Affche Prijs |The Netherlands

2015 :: Nomination Asnoix Best Photobook Kassel 2015 | Germany

2013 :: Shortlisted MACK Book Award | UK

2012 :: Basisstipendium Mondriaan Foundation | Netherlands

2012 :: Nomination PLAT(T)FORM 13 | Fotomuseum Winterthur |Switserland

2012 :: Nomination Dummy Award | UNSEEN photo fair

2012 :: Subsidie :: Mondriaan Foundation | Netherlands

2011 :: Nomination Harry Pennings Prize 2011

2011 :: Subsidie :: Sem Presser Fonds |Netherlands

2009 :: Winner :: FOTO8  People's Choice Award 2009 | London

2009 :: Subsidie :: " LIFE"  Fonds voor  Beeldende Kunst | Netherlands

2009 ::  Nomination :: «Latent Talent 2009» by David Balsell | The Department of Culture & Media & Tarragona City Council

2009 :: Nomination :: PANL Award # 18

2009 :: Subsidie :: Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

2009 :: Nomination :: «Emerging Artist» | Fotomuseum Winterthur | Switzerland

2008 :: Nomination :: «Chouchou» by Ronda Wilson and Nathalie Herschdorfer | Les rencontres D'Arles | France

2008 :: Nomination :: Fotodok Competition | «Hit the Road»

2008 :: Selection :: Masterclass Aernoud | Overbeeke 

2007 :: Winner :: The Photo Academy Award 2007

2007 :: 4 Nominations :: The Photo Academy Award 2007 | Volkskrant Magazine | THEY | Fotomuseum Antwerpen | Frame Magazine

2006 :: Nomination :: PANL Award #16

COMMISSIONED WORK /PUBLICATIONS ( selection 2010 - 2017 )

 

For theater companies :  De Warme Winkel, Wunderbaum, Oostpool, Orkater, Sarah Moeremans, Frascati, Joachim Robbrecht, Dancing on the edge , Nederlandse reisopera, Boukje Schweigman, Cicilia Moisio, Toneelgroep Amsterdam 
 

Publications for : Vrij Nederland , De Volkskrant ,VPRO gids, NRC, The Huffington Post, The New Yorker, Gup magazine, Bloom, Frame magazine, National Geographic, Unicef magazine, Blink Magazine ( S. Korea)

2016- 2017 - Series on the city of Munster ( Germany) commissioned for Citybooks/ DeBuren ( Belgium)

2016 - 2017 — " Artist in residence “ New World Foundation “ Sri Lanka