Vivian Ammerlaan - Photo by Wouter le Duc (2021)

Photo by Wouter le Duc (2021)

Vivian Ammerlaan (1994, The Netherlands) Based in Huis van de Fotografie, Westersingel 101 Rotterdam info@vivianammerlaan.com | instagram | newsletter

My work is my personal search to depict the sublime: the feeling of awe and terror. It is about nature that can’t be put into word or image because it is of enormous and undying beauty. I get inspired by overwhelming landscapes and work with digital and analogue photography, video and installations.

To give image to things that can’t be put into image, is impossible. Somehow this inspires me to make work about these things, knowing it is doomed to fail. With materials, I try to create impressions of landscapes and elements. Sometimes I have a specific idea about what I want to create, but usually the materials I use determine the image.

There is a paradox in creating wilderness and untouched places with my own hands. I believe that without this, my work would not exist. It underlines the inability of portraying this subject.


Current and upcoming exhibitions 10 December 2022 – 12 February 2023: MINIM.AAL, iCOON Hoek van Holland, more info
21 January – 14 May 2023: Brabantse Nieuwe, Het Noordbrabants Museum Den Bosch, more info
9 – 12 February 2023: BLACK SANDS, Huis van de Fotografie Rotterdam, more info


Education 2012 - 2016 | Bachelor of Photography - AKV St.Joost, Breda NL  

Solo exhibitions (a selection) 2023 | Brabantse Nieuwe, Het Noordbrabants Museum Den Bosch
2021-2022 | Het landschap dat ik ken, iCOON Hoek van Holland 2020 | De Centrale, Delft  2018 | Waanplekken, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen  2017 | Galerie DeelenArt, Rotterdam

Group / duo exhibitions (a selection)
2023 | BLACK SANDS, Huis van de Fotografie Rotterdam 2022-2023 | MINIM.AAL, iCOON Hoek van Holland
2022 | THERESI ART_05, Art[s] Gallery Simone Jansen, Noordwijk 2022 | THERESI ART_03, Art[s] Gallery Simone Jansen, Noordwijk 2022 | As The World Turns, Debsaysyes at Huis van de Fotografie, Rotterdam 2022 | Rotterdam Photo Festival 2022 | The New Current, Rotterdam ​2022 | Going Places, Het Archief, Rotterdam 2022 | Constructies van verlangen, Foundation B.a.d., Rotterdam 2022 | HVDF Collectief, Huis van de Fotografie, Rotterdam 2021 | Het Zoete Leven (How Sweet Life Is), Debsaysyes at Huis van de Fotografie, Rotterdam 2020 | Launch, Huis van de Fotografie, Rotterdam 2020 | Zwischenräume, Debsaysyes at Rosalux Berlin (DE)  2020 | Echte Troostkunst, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam 2019 | KunstDok Schiermonnikoog + UMC Groningen 2019 | Galerie Noord Groningen  2019 | Festival OFF Naarden  2019 | Terra Incognita TAC Eindhoven  2018 | LichtKunstGouda  2018 | LekArt Culemborg  2018 | Vruchtbare Grond Stedelijk Museum Schiedam 2018 | Opium Torenkamer Expo Amsterdam  2017 | Licht, Galerie Pouloeuff Naarden 2017 | Kunst10daagse Bergen  2017 | Senses, Galerie DeelenArt Rotterdam 2017 | WKNDX Electron Breda  2017 | Museumnacht 010 Galerie DeelenArt + Flowerdales Rotterdam 2016 | Ongekend Talent, Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam  2016 | FreshCACAO, Cacaofabriek Helmond
2016 | Chambres de Schie, Photo Festival Schiedam
2016 | Graduationshow Photography AKV|St.Joost Breda                                                        ​ Nominations / prizes 2018 | Nomination Kunst.nl Fotografie Award 2018  2017 | Winner Rabo Ontdekt Talent-prijs Kunst10daagse Bergen 2016 | Winner Young Talent Award Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam 2016 | Nomination St. Joost Penning

Publications (a selection)
2022 | Het Noordbrabants Museum Magazine - read 2021 | Focus Magazine ​2021 | PuntKomma 2020 | GUP New Photo Talent 2020 2020 | Grote Nederlandse Kunst Kalender 2020 2017 | NRC 2017 | deFusie 2017 | Witte Rook ​2016 | Metropolis M - Eindexamens 2016 2016 | New Dawn Paper

Residencies   2019 | Artist Residency Schiermonnikoog 2018 | Artist Residency De Torenkamer Opium Amsterdam

Talks 2019 | Artist Talks at Kunstenaars aan Zee - KuZhuis Hoek van Holland  2018 | Pitch at De Donkere Kamer - LantarenVenster Rotterdam 2018 | Artist Talk at Aan Tafel - A Tale of a Tub Rotterdam​ 2017 | Interview at Nadorst - Chassé Theater Breda

Collections iCOON, Hoek van Holland LeasePlan NL

Other activities 2020 - present | Huis van de Fotografie, co-founder  2016 - 2020 | Kunst in de Kroeg, project organization 2016 - 2018 | Kunsthuis18, exhibition committee and board 2016 - 2017 | De Kracht van Rotterdam, junior projectmanager