Ellen Kooi 1962

Lives in Haarlem, NL. Works in Haarlem, NL.
Represented by:

Torch Gallery

The large-scale panoramic photographs by Ellen Kooi challenge us to view the world as a dramatic narrative. She wants us to seek the border between fantasy and reality. At first glance, the people that inhabit these panoramas of (mostly Dutch) landscapes seem to be at the mercy of their surroundings. But if we look at these pictures more carefully we see a more complex relationship, as the landscape almost responses to its inhabitants. The displays of nature we see are a symbolic reflection of the inner turmoils, or indeed of the happiness of these people. In a way comparable tot nineteenth century psychological portraits, Kooi tries to tell us about myths, chance encounters and our relationship with the outside world. But keeping this in mind, her works are as much concerned with the landscape as they are with the person. By forming close connections between themes set in our visual memory of history but never choosing a main focus, Kooi's works are suspensefull and hard to identify.

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1981/87 Art academy ABK Minerva, Groningen, the Netherlands 1993/94 Post graduate in Arts at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Ellen Kooi lives and works in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Solo/duo exhibitions selection 2018 Solo at Camara Oscura Galeria de Arte, Madrid 2016 Crossings, Catherine Clark Gallery ,San Francisco, USA Crossings, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2015 Undertones, at Musée de La Roche - sur - Yon, la Roche - sur - Yon, France Docks Art Fair Lyon, solo presentation by Gallerie Les Filles Du Calvaire 2014 Undertones, solo show at Centro de Arte Alcobendas (CAA), Madrid, Spain AIPAD Photography Show (solo presentation by PPOW Gallery), New York As it happens, Galerie Les Filles Du Calvaire, Paris, France 2013 Sables Mouvants, Lambertart, Le Fort de Mons -en-Baroeul, Lille, France 2012 Transparent days, Camara Oscura, Madrid, Spain Next to me, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Recent Photography, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, USA Luz Holandesa, Espacio Liquido, Gijon, Spain 2011 Out of Sight, PPOW Gallery, New York, USA Ellen Kooi: Out of Sight, Le Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France On the Other side of Twilight, duo-show with Astrid Kruse Jensen, Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch, the Netherlands 2010 Out of Sight/ Hors de Vue, Institut Néerlandais, Paris, France Ellen Kooi, Photographies, Le centre Image/ Imatge, Orthez, France 2009 Borrowed Landscapes, part of Festival Off PhotoEspaña, Gallery Camara Oscura, Madrid, Spain Fotowerken, de Willem III, Vlissingen, the Netherlands Recent Work, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2008 Dentro por Fuera, Within from without”, soloshow, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain 2006 Travaux Recents, duo show with Hans Op De Beeck, Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, France 2005 Hold Still, Keep Moving IV, solo, Gallery Beaumontpublic, Luxemburg, Luxemburg Group exhibitions selection 2017 Colors of Diversity, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest Les imaginaires d’un monde in - tranquille, 8 July–22 October, Le Centre d'art de Meymac, France Local stories, 29 September –11 November, Ennia & DL Gallery, Pireus, Greece Het Tweede Gezicht, 3 November – 1 December, De Kloostergangen, Haarlem 2016 Graskunst bij MIJ, Museum IJsselstein, IJsselstein, the Netherlands Wild van Water, Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, the Netherlands Connection, Museum Lazienki Kroleweski, Gdansk, Poland 2015 Common Ground: Air, collections from the Borusan contemporary Art Collection, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkye Aux frontières de l’intime: les photographes et leurs enfants, Musée français de la Photographie, Bièvres, France Femina ou la reappropriation des models,Pavillon Vendôme, Clichy, France 2014 Absurd – did you say absurd? at Galerie Les Filles Du Calvaire, Paris, France 2013 La metamorfosis del paisaje en el arte, group show, Caja Vital Foundation. Vitoria, Spain 2011 Opening exhibition Borusan Contemporary, PeriliKöşk, Istanbul, Turky Photo Event, De Garage, Mechelen, Belgium Foto=Kunst (the art of Photograpy), Museum het Valkhof, Nijmegen, the Netherlands The International Festival of Photography of Lodz, main program: OUT OF LIFE, Lodz, Poland 2008 Times Square, Beaumontpublic, Luxemburg, Luxembourg De kleur van Friesland, beeldende kunst na 1945, Fries Museum, the Netherlands Recent Photography, soloshow, Espacio Liquido, Gijon, Spain 2006 Trial Balloons, Musac, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla Y Leon, Spain Photography Biennale MOSCOW, Ruarts Gallery, Moscow house of photography, Moscow, Russia Untouchable Things, Museum Centre Vaprikki, Tampere, Finland 2005 Out There: Landscape in the New Millennium, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USAConstructed Moment, KW14, Den Bosch,the Netherlands Dutch Eyes/ Chrysalis,Castello Svevo, Bari, ItalyHxBxD, Exhibition Collection Rabobank, GEM& Fotomuseum,The Hague, the Netherlands Going Dutch,new photography from the Netherlands, Museum of New Art (Mona), Michigan, USA Histoire(s)Parallèle(s), création-confrontation, France/Pays-Bas, by E.Kessels (NL) and G.Bauret (F) FOAM, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2003 Potential Images of the World,the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA Retrospective View, Photos from the collection, Frans HalsMuseum, Haarlem, the Netherlands 2002 Faces, People and Society, (contemporary photography) Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, the Netherland