Jeroen Toirkens

Jeroen Toirkens (1971)

Lives in Nederland. Works in Den Haag.

Jeroen Toirkens (Netherlands, b. 1971) studied Photographic Design at the Royal Academy for the Visual Arts in The Hague and is working as an independent photographer and filmmaker since 1995. He focuses on social documentary photography and slow-journalism and has published extensively in national and international newspapers and magazines. In 1999 Toirkens initiated a project called Nomadslife. He became fascinated by the nomad families high in Turkey's Bolkar Mountains and encountered the way of life of the Yörük, who were struggling with the pressures of a modernising Turkey. Many of the young people were departing for life in the cities. In the following years he visited other originally nomadic peoples who were encountering comparable problems. In 2005 and 2006 he spent time with the Sámi and the Nenets in Russia. And in 2010 he visited Barrow in Alaska, the centre for traditional whaling. There the nomadic life has already made way for a settled lifestyle. In 2011 his first book NOMAD (Lannoo, 2011) was published. With this book Toirkens creates a diverse and often poignant picture of nomadism in the 21st century. Jelle Brandt Corstius journalist and presenter, who accompanied Toirkens on a number of trips, wrote an extended essay for the book. 
In 2012 he was awarded with the prestigious CANON prize (best innovative photostory) for this project. According to the jury: “A project that, in these hectic times, stresses that a long focus on one issue leads to new insights, knowledge and images that transcend clichés in a superior way.”

 In 2013 his second book, SOLITUDE In the wake of Willem Barentsz (Lannoo, 2013) was published. For this book Toirkens worked together with writer Petra Sjouwerman. Together they sketch an intimate portrait of people living in solitude in the Arctic North of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, an area called the Barents Region. Europe’s last true wilderness. Nominations and Awards 2014 DutchDoc Award | Nominated (longlist) | SOLITUDE (book and exhibition) 2012 DutchDoc Award | Nomination (longlist) - NomadsLife 2012 CANON prize for NomadsLife 'Best innovative photostory completed in 2011'. 2011 Nomad selected on 'The 11 best photography books of 2011' by Brainpickings 2011 DutchDoc Award | Nomination (longlist) - NomadsLife 2010 Prix Pictet Growth | Nomination (longlist) - included in catalogue 2010 DutchDoc award | Nomination (longlist) - Inuït series Greenland 2009 First price Silver Camera - Foreign Documentary, for a series on Tiniteqilaaq in East Greenland. 2004 Third price Silver Camera - Foreign Documentary, for a photo on the Dukha nomads in Mongolia. Publications 2013 SOLITUDE - In the wake of Willem Barentsz (Lannoo 2013) | Photographs Jeroen Toirkens, text Petra Sjouwerman, Diederik Veerman, edit Marc Prüst, design Wout de Vringer 2013 NOMAD - The last nomadic life on the Northern Hemisphere, 2th printrun (Lannoo 2013) 2012 Silver Camera, yearbook 2011 / various authors 2011 NOMAD - The last nomadic life on the Northern Hemisphere (Lannoo 2011) | Photographs Jeroen Toirkens, essay Jelle Brandt Corstius, edit Marc Prüst, design Wout de Vringer 2011 Growth - Prix Pictet (longlist) included in catalogue / various authors 2010 LAND / country life in the urban age, catalogue / various authors 2010 Silver Camera, yearbook 2009 / various authors 2005 Silver Camera, yearbook 2004 / various authors Selected Exhibitions and lectures Selected Exhibitions and lectures 2013 Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography | Solitude - In the wake of Willem Barentsz | Moscow, RU - solo 2013 Photoq bookshop / gallery | Nomad | Amsterdam, NL - solo 2013 Cortona On The Move | International Photofestival | Nomad | Cortona, IT - solo 2013 Annenberg Space for Photography | Iris Lecture NomadsLife | Los Angeles, USA 2012 Silver Camera college tour | A series of lectures for photography students | NL 2012 Allard Pierson Museum | Tenger / Blue Sky | selected artwork and photos from Mongolia curated by Jeroen Toirkens and Matthea van Staden | Amsterdam, NL | solo 
 2012 Annenberg Space for Photography | No Strangers, groupshow | Los Angeles, USA - group
 2012 Silver Camera / CANON prize | travelling exhibition | NL | group 2012 Roots2Share | Museum Volkenkunde | 16 short films on East-Greenland | Leiden, NL - travelling exhibition 2011 Kominek Gallery | Groupshow on Dutch and Belgian photobooks | Berlin, GER - group 2011 Roots2Share | Museon | 16 short films on East-Greenland | The Hague, NL - permanent 2011 Gemak | Nomad | Solo project overview curated by Wim van Sinderen | The Hague, NL - solo 2010 Noorderlicht Gallery | NomadsLife | Solo project overview | Groningen, NL solo 2010 Noorderlicht | LAND country life in the urban age | Fries Museum - curated by Wim Melis | Leeuwarden, NL - group 2010 Silver Camera - travelling exhibition - group 2009 Centre for the Arts | Nomaden | Rotterdam, NL - group 2009 RASA | Mongolia | Utrecht, NL - solo 2008 National Museum of Ethnology | Nomads above the Arctic circle, Nenets and Sámi | Leiden, NL - solo 2007 KIT | Mongolië 2004 | Amsterdam, NL - solo 2007 Naarden | Photofestival Naarden off | Zien of niet zien | Naarden, NL - group 2006 Holland Unique Photofestival | Olympic stadium | Amsterdam, NL - group 2006 Bronovo hospital | nursing' 12 acquired photos | The Hague, NL - solo 2006 HUP gallery | Amsterdam, NL - group 2005 Arthouse | North-Russian Nenets | The hague, NL - solo 2005 Holland Unique Photofestival | Olympic stadium | Amsterdam, NL - group 2005 YiPArt benefit auction and group-exhibition | Amsterdam, NL - group 2005 Silver Camera travelling exhibition - group 2005 Naarden | Phototofestival | Vintagephoto gallery | Naarden, NL - group 2003 Museon | 4 acquired photos | The Hague, NL - solo 1995 Graduation exhibition | ‘Maria virgin of the poor’, pelgrimage in Europa­­­ | The Hague, NL - solo

Kahmann Gallery
Amsterdam - Nederland

About

Julie Decker over Jeroen Toirkens
At a time of great economic, social and environmental change, Toirkens work speaks to humanity. His work is at once research, documentation and photo essay, extending over multiple years and vast stretches of the world – reminding us of the power of sharing.
Julie Decker, CEO Anchorage Museum

CV Jeroen Toirkens

Jeroen Toirkens (Netherlands, b. 1971) studied Photographic Design at the Royal Academy for the Visual Arts in The Hague and is working as an independent photographer and filmmaker since 1995. He focuses on social documentary photography and slow-journalism and has published extensively in national and international newspapers and magazines. In 1999 Toirkens initiated a project called Nomadslife. He became fascinated by the nomad families high in Turkey's Bolkar Mountains and encountered the way of life of the Yörük, who were struggling with the pressures of a modernising Turkey. Many of the young people were departing for life in the cities. In the following years he visited other originally nomadic peoples who were encountering comparable problems. In 2005 and 2006 he spent time with the Sámi and the Nenets in Russia. And in 2010 he visited Barrow in Alaska, the centre for traditional whaling. There the nomadic life has already made way for a settled lifestyle. In 2011 his first book NOMAD (Lannoo, 2011) was published. With this book Toirkens creates a diverse and often poignant picture of nomadism in the 21st century. Jelle Brandt Corstius journalist and presenter, who accompanied Toirkens on a number of trips, wrote an extended essay for the book. In 2012 he was awarded with the prestigious CANON prize (best innovative photostory) for this project. According to the jury: “A project that, in these hectic times, stresses that a long focus on one issue leads to new insights, knowledge and images that transcend clichés in a superior way.” In 2013 his second book, SOLITUDE In the wake of Willem Barentsz (Lannoo, 2013) was published. For this book Toirkens worked together with writer Petra Sjouwerman. Together they sketch an intimate portrait of people living in solitude in the Arctic North of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, an area called the Barents Region. Europe’s last true wilderness. In 2015 he was invited by the Anchorage Museum for a residency in the arctic. Toirkens traveled to the remote islands Little and Big Diomede situated in the middle of the Beringstrait. Big Diomede belongs to Russia and Little Diomede is part of the United States. While they are only 3 miles apart, the international date line seperates them by one day. He documented the history and living culture of a population separated by geography and politics. The work resulted in the international group show ‘View From Up Here’ in Anchorage, Alaska. Nominations and Awards 2014 DutchDoc Award | Nominated (longlist) | SOLITUDE (book and exhibition) 2012 DutchDoc Award | Nominated (longlist) | Nomad (book, exhibition and website) 2012 CANON prize / Silver Camera | First prize, best innovative photostory completed in 2011 2011 Nomad selected on 'The 11 best photography books of 2011' by Brainpickings 2011 DutchDoc Award | Nominated (longlist) | NomadsLife 2010 Prix Pictet / Growth | Nominated (longlist) | included in catalogue 2010 DutchDoc Award | Nominated (longlist) | Inuït series Greenland 2009 Silver Camera | First prize, Foreign Documentary, for a series on Tiniteqilaaq in East Greenland. 2004 Silver Camera | Third price, Foreign Documentary, for a photo on the Dukha nomads in Mongolia. Publications 2013 SOLITUDE In the wake of Willem Barentsz (Lannoo 2013) 2013 NOMAD, the last nomadic life on the Northern Hemisphere (Reprint, Lannoo 2013) 2012 Silver Camera, yearbook 2011 | various authors 2011 NOMAD, the last nomadic life on the Northern Hemisphere (Lannoo 2011) Jeroen Toirkens, essay Jelle Brandt Corstius, edit Marc Prüst, design Wout de Vringer 2011 Prix Pictet / Growth | Included in catalogue | various authors 2010 Noorderlicht / LAND, country life in the urban age, catalogue | various authors 2010 Silver Camera, yearbook 2009 | various authors 2005 Silver Camera, yearbook 2004 | various authors Selected Exhibitions and lectures 2016 VIEW from up here | International group show (POLARLAB residency) | Anchorage Museum, USA 2016 TRANSFER | Australian Center for Photography | International group show | Sydney, Australia | group 2015 NOMAD | Seoul Lunar Photo | International group screening | Seoul, South Korea | group 2015 NOMAD | Obscura photo-festival | International group screening | George Town, Malaysia | group 2015 NOMAD | Ballarat photo-biennale | International group screening | Ballarat, Australia | group 2014 PAN, Amsterdam, NL | Kahmann Gallery, Artfair | group 2014 Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam, NL | Still Life | group 2014 Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, NL | DutchDoc award | longlisted projects | group 2013 SOLITUDE | Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, RU | Solitude | solo 2013 NOMAD | Photoq bookshop / gallery, Amsterdam, NL | Nomad | solo 2013 NOMAD | Cortona On The Move, Cortona, IT | Int. photofestival curated by Arianna Rinaldo | solo 2013 NOMAD | Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, USA | NomadsLife | Lecture 2012 Silver Camera college tour, NL | A series of lectures for photography students | Lecture 2012 TENGER | Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, NL | Tenger / Blue Sky | selected artwork and photos from Mongolia curated by Jeroen Toirkens and Matthea van Staden | group 2012 NO STRANGERS | International group show | Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, USA | group 2012 Silver Camera / CANON prize, NL | travelling exhibition, NL | group 2012 ROOTS2SHARE | National Museum of Ethnology, Netherlands, Denmark and Greenland | 16 short films - travelling exhibition | solo 2011 Kominek Gallery, Berlin, GER | Groupshow on Dutch and Belgian photobooks | group 2011 ROOTS2SHARE | Museon, The Hague, NL | 16 short films on East-Greenland | solo 2011 NOMAD | GEMAK, The Hague, NL | project overview | curated by Wim van Sinderen | solo 2010 NOMADSLIFE | NOORDERLICHT Gallery, Groningen, NL | NomadsLife | curated by Wim Melis | solo 2010 NOORDERLICHT, Leeuwarden, NL | LAND country life in the urban age | International group show curated by Wim Melis | group 2010 Silver Camera, NL | travelling exhibition | group 2009 NOMADSLIFE | Centre for the Arts, Rotterdam | Rotterdam, NL | group 2009 RASA, Utrecht, NL | Mongolia | solo 2008 National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, NL | Nomads above the Arctic circle | solo 2007 KIT, Amsterdam, NL | Mongolië 2004 | solo 2007 Photofestival Naarden off, Naarden, NL | Zien of niet zien | group 2006 Holland Unique Photofestival, Amsterdam, NL | group 2006 Bronovo hospital, The Hague, NL | 12 purchased images | solo 2005 Arthouse, The Hague, NL | North-Russian Nenets | solo 2005 Holland Unique Photofestival, Amsterdam, NL | group 2005 YiPArt benefit auction and group-exhibition, Amsterdam, NL | group 2005 Silver Camera travelling exhibition, NL | group 2005 Phototofestival, Naarden, NL | Vintagephoto gallery | group 2003 Museon, The Hague | 4 purchased images | The Hague, NL | solo 1995 KABK, The Hague | Graduation exhibition | Pelgrimage in Europa | The Hague, NL | group