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ABOUT

Artist statement

My work stems from a fascination with place. We cannot (physically) exist without the space we inhabit. I’m fascinated by places people create, especially personal spaces; the ones where people dwell. But I’m also captivated by places which are open, vast and ungraspable, where man is void, like deserts and mountain landscapes. I like the thought we as human beings might not be all that important, and how wondrous it is we dó experience ourselves in this way and that this is reflecting in the way we take up space in the world and on the earth.

I like to attentively look at things that don’t scream for attention. To me photographing is a way to seek stillness in the outer world as well as in my inner world. With my work I want to invite people to pause and be still for a moment, literally and figuratively.

 

Photo by Kazumi Sakurai

“Claudia belongs to the best of the new Dutch generation of photographers pushing the boundaries of landscape and topographical art. We still proudly carry her first book Anchors, which we always held in very high esteem. It really is a wonderful, beautiful photographic object that deserves a spot in anyone’s collection!”  –  Fotofilmic (CA) – Material Practices in Contemporary Photography

“De fotografie van Claudia den Boer is openhartig. Ze toont meer hoe ze het ziet dan wat ze ziet. Natuurlijk heeft ze haar onderwerpen en die kun je heel algemeen benoemen als landschappen. Het gaat erom dat ze daar een kijk op heeft die ze vanuit haar persoonlijke betrokkenheid zo oprecht mogelijk benadert, met alles wat ze heeft verworven als kunstenaar, maar ook met alles waar ze onzeker over is. Zo wordt de observatie een kwetsbaar fenomeen. Niet het geziene is direct van belang, maar hoe je het ziet.”  –  Alex de Vries, auteur, curator, adviseur

“Den Boer verstaat de kunst om op een ingetogen manier een groot verhaal fotografisch te verbeelden. Niets is teveel, nergens is er sprake van poespas of opsmuk. Met een heldere beeld keuze, evenwichtige compositie en kadrering creëert ze een sterk esthetisch beeld. In haar foto’s ontbreken mens en dier. De plaatsen en plekken die ze verbeeldt ademen een sfeer van onbeweeglijkheid uit maar het zijn geen stillevens; het leven speelt zich af aan de achterkant, buiten het gezichtsveld in de weerspiegeling van de ramen, om de bocht of achter de coulissen. Den Boer laat ruimte voor interpretatie aan de toeschouwer.”  –  Yvonne van der Velden, curator Willem Twee Kunstruimte Den Bosch, projectleider, adviseur 

I like to attentively look at things that don't scream for attention.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

2016 International Summerschool of Photography (ISSP) / Pelci, Kuldīga, LV
2013 – 2014 Teachers degree in Visual Arts and Design, Academy Visual Arts, Tilburg, NL
2005-2008 Photography, AKV|St. Joost, Den Bosch/Breda, NL
2003-2005 Visual Arts, AKV|St. Joost, Den Bosch/Breda, NL

Current & Upcoming exhibitions

2021 group Dutch Photobook Prize (longlisted) / exhibited at Podium deMess Photobook store, Fotofestival Naarden, NL
2021 group Encontros da Imagem Discovery Awards / Braga, PT
2021 group Imago Lisboa Photo Festival / Lisbon, PT

Exhibitions selection

2020 solo To pick up a stone / SEA Foundation / Tilburg, NL
2020 solo 108 meter mesh wall artwork of 35 images / commissioned by City Council / public space Spoorzone, Tilburg, NL
2019 solo SPACE PLACE Gallery / Nizjni Tagil, Ural, RU
2018 solo Silent Witness / part of project YMOI by Beh Chin Lau / Butterworth Fringe Festival, MY
2018 solo Cataract / Im Friese-TanzART / Kirschau, DE
2021 group Ricardo Báez: Librofoto & La fotolibrería Holandesa with The Eriskay Connection, Caracas, VE
2020 group Benefit for Brabant / PARK, Tilburg, NL
2019 group Unmapped / in collab. with visual artist and writer Dorien de Wit, choreographer Katja Grässli, soundscape by Strijbos & Van Rijswijk / KunstLoc Brabant, LocHal, Tilburg, NL
2017 group Kunstruimte Willem Twee / Den Bosch, NL
2017 group I Book Show / Photobookshow.co.uk / Taiga, St. Petersburg, RU + The Brighton Studio, UK
2017 group Athens Photo Festival / Photobook exhibition / Benaki Museum, Athens, GR
2017 group Dutch Photobooks Exhibition / De Gele Loods, Fotofestival Naarden, NL
2017 group  Buiten Kaders / bkkc, Tilburg, NL
2017 group WINTER SHORTLIST show / print + photobook in collection / FotoFilmic PULP Gallery, Vancouver,CA
2016 group ISSP Final Exhibition / Kuldiga, LV
2011 group 50th anniversary Theaters Tilburg / Photographers collective Föhn
2011 group GEM / Summer exhibition ‘Anoniem Gekozen’ / The Hague, NL
2008 group Breda Photo ‘Heimat Hotel’ / Breda’s museum, NL
2008 group Exhibition ‘Fotoprijs 2008’ / Photo museum The Hague, NL

Publications selection

2020 To pick up a stone / photobook / Publisher The Eriskay Connection
2016 Anchors / photobook / Publisher The Eriskay Connection
2011 Hommage / 6 photographers inspired by Theatre Tilburg
2010 Verborgen Stad / collab. with Martijn Honselaar (Ontwerplab) / Publisher The Eriskay Connection
2008 Katendrecht 2 / AKV|St.Joost

Projects and Residencies selection

2019 AIR Joya Arte + Ecología / Parque natural de Sierra María-Los Vélez, Almería, ES
2018 project YMOI / photo series Silent Witness + scenography dance piece Shou / collab.with Beh Chin Lau, Butterworth, MY
2018 project Cataract & AIR / TanzART, DE / Cultuurhuis de Warande, BE / DepenDance DansBrabant, NL / collab. choreographer Katja Grässli, cultural philosopher Marc Colpaert and dancers Beh Chin Lau + Natalie Wagner
2017 project (TE)STIL, collab. with choreographer Katja Grässli, Tilburg, NL
2017 AIR Can Serrat, El Bruc, Barcelona, ES
2015 AIR Tissardmine / Sahara desert / Rissani, MA
2013 AIR Starry Night Retreat / T or C, New Mexico, US
2012 project & AIR Krot of Kans / CBK Zeeland, NL
2010 Research project Verborgen Stad, collab. with architectural firm Ontwerplab

Grants selection

2021 MakersfondsPlus
2020 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord-Brabant / subsidy for photobook To pick up a stone
2020 Impulsgelden Provincie Noord-Brabant+Kunstloc / subsidy for photobook To pick up a stone
2019 Makersfonds / Project subsidy When is a mountain
2018 Impulsgelden / Stil Geluid, collab. with Katja Grässli (MoveToMeet)
2018 Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds NB / Project subsidy 2 (TE)STIL, collab. with Katja Grässli
2017 Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds NB / Project subsidy 1 (TE)STIL, collab. with Katja Grässli
2017 Makersfonds Tilburg / Project subsidy (TE)STIL, collab. with choreographer Katja Grässli
2017 Partial grant AIR Can Serrat, El Bruc, Barcelona (ES)
2016 Impulsgelden bkkc + provincie Noord-Brabant / subsidy for photobook Anchors
2009 Stimuleringsfonds voor architectuur / Project subsidy Belvedère, collab. with Ontwerplab

Awards and Mentions

2021 Longlist Dutch Photobook Prize / To pick up a stone / Fotofestival Naarden
2021 Shortlisted for exhibition / To pick up a stone / Belfast Photo Festival 2021
2021 Special mention To pick up a stone / Urbanautica Institute Awards 2020
2020 Special mention Anchors / Urbanautica Institute Awards 2019
2007 Nomination De Fotoprijs 2008 / Verbond van verzekeraars

Teaching and Public mediation

2010 – today SintLucas Eindhoven + Boxtel / (guest) teacher photography and creativity
2014 – today Van Abbemuseum / freelance guide

Other

2017 – 2020 supported by private fund AuntArt
2016 – 2019 artistic partner at Foundation MoveToMeet
2008 – 2015 member of Fotografencollectief Föhn

Commissioned

City council Tilburg, commissioned artwork for City council Tilburg, Cultuurkantine, Gemeente Tilburg, Stichting Goretti/Factorium,
Stichting de Vrolijkheid, Strijbos & Van Rijswijk, Kijk op Kunst, Jan Couwenberg Architectuur, Stichting To The Etch, Vervoort Meubelen,
Studio Dara, SLN International, Van de Ven Bouw en Ontwikkeling,  Mariska van Zutven Fotografieprojecten, Theaters Tilburg, CAST,
Parochie Frater Andreas, City council Tilburg in collab. with Ontwerplab, Architectural firm Ontwerplab, Public Library M-B

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