Edwin Zwakman

Edwin Zwakman 1969

Lives in Den Haag (NL). Works in Den Haag (NL).
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A carefully framed, fictitious situation which is, however convincingly real, is Edwin Zwakman’s answer to the over-whelming stream of images inundating us every day and simulating (as with the CNN broadcasts of the Gulf War) a reality which more often than not, proves to be a lie. Zwakman, on the contrary, resorts to tricks and fabricates lies in order to tell uncomfortable truths. Although power and authority are barely suggested here, and only subtly represented trough their stereotypes, the effect is all the more powerful. For these stereotypes are omnipresent and have been etched deep in our collective memory. Juxtaposing them with each other in contradictory settings, Zwakman awakens hitherto un-defined, yet somehow familiar anxieties, as it were, from the interstice between one image and another, as though through cracks opening op to vision of a veritable abyss.

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Tree Hugger Shanghai China 2010
Tree Hugger Shanghai China 2010
nterview with Edwin Zwakman and Andree van de Kerckhove
‘Room to Grow’ is an installation that the Dutch artist Edwin Zwakman realized in the context of our current exhibition ‘Models, imagining to scale’. A system ceiling above our heads is an everyday reality for many. For this installation one was meticulously replicated in 1:1,4 scale. On entering the installation the seemingly banal space becomes a room that invites the audience to rethink reality.


De keuze van... Otto Nan
'' Edwin Zwakman's photos look like images that you often see in everyday life, but are actually too boring to watch with attention. But when you look better, a world opens up at Zwakman: is it real, am I right? And does that only apply to this work of art or also when I walk through the city? "
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Otto Nan

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Edwin Zwakman (1969, The Hague, the Netherlands) is currently showing his works in ‘Model’ at Rudolfium in Prague, with a.o. Thomas Demand, Lorenz Estermann, Antony Gormley, Thomas Schütte, Rachel Whiteread. Selected shows are: Reality is not a place, AKINCI (2014), Las lágrimas de las cosas, Centro des Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain (2014); Vanished Boundaries, OCT Art Museum, Shanghai (with Liu Jianhua, curated by Zhuang Huan 2011); HUG, Theater in Motion,Beijing (2009); Fake but Accurate, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam(2008); Iconic Target, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen (2007); Maison Européenne de la Photographie Paris, France (2006); Fake but Accurate, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London (2005); Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam (2003); Centraal Museum, Utrecht (2002); Taipei Biennial (2002) and more.


18 October 1969, The Hague (NL) 1989–1993 Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam 1992 Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main 1996–1997 Rijksakademie, Amsterdam Solo Exhibitions 1997 Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam 1998 Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York Förderkoje, Galerie Akinci, Art Cologne, Cologne 1999 Ways of Worldmaking, Shed im Eisenwerk, Zürich Façades, Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven 2000 Under Construction, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London 2001 De Paviljoens, Almere 2002 Woning, Centraal Museum, Utrecht Crown Gallery, Brussels Birner & Wittmann Galerie, Nürnberg Higashikawa Gallery, Hokkaido 2003 Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam 2004 My Backyard, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam 2005 Fake but Accurate, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London 2007 Iconic Target, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen Tales from the Grid, travelling exhibition organised by Q-Arts, Derby 2008 Fake but Accurate, Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, Amsterdam Group exhibitions (selection) 1997 Fetishimage, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (No)vacancies, Project in the public space / Myyrmäki Art Center, Helsinki Framed Area, Public Space, Hoofddorp/Schiphol 1998 Dutch Photography 1850–1998, House of Photography, Maly Manezh, Moscow 1999 Insight-Out, Kunstraum Innsbruck / Kunsthaus Hamburg / Kunsthaus Baselland Aufnahmen, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna Near and Elsewhere, The Photographers’ Gallery, London Play it again, Luzerner Ausstellungsraum, Luzern 2000 Anywhere But Here, Artists Space, New York Still/Moving, Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Home is where the heArt is, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam 360º Köln, Public Space, Cologne Bäckström, Hoch, Zwakman, Rena Brandsten Gallery, San Francisco Modell, Modell, Public Space/ Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen City Index, Kunst Haus Dresden, Dresden 2001 The Peoples Art / A Arte do Povo: 20 Dutch Artists, Centra Eléctrica do Freixo, Porto Post-Nature, 49th Venice Biennial Taking Care, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam Ways of Worldmaking, Mücsarnok, Budapest Constructed Realities, Grand Arts, Kansas City / Gallery Helga de Alvear, Madrid 2002 Moving Landscapes, Sala Uno, Rome True Fictions, Schloss Arolsen, München/Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen Raum Sichten, Architekturmuseum, Basel Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, Gallerie Hohenlohe & Kalb, Vienna Premio del Golfo Biennale, La Spezia Life in a Glass House, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam Great Theatre of the World, Third Taipei Biennial, Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei Digital Art Lab, Holon, Jerusalem Biennial 2003 Arkitektura Eszentrikoak, Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastian/Donostia Post-Nature, Istituto Tommy Othake, São Paolo Sightseeing, 4th Austrian Triennal on Photography, Public Space, Graz Architectural Allusions (with Callum Morton), Gimpel Fils Gallery, London Space Between Us, Public Space/ Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne 2004 Olandu biuras – Contemporary Art Projects from The Netherlands, Episode 6 of ‘Who if not we…?’, CAC Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius Contemporary Visions, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku Living – Part I LAT (Living Apart Together), ODApark, Venray To find a house, SeARCH, Amsterdam Secrets of the 90’s, Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem Take Five! Huis Marseille Turns Five, Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, Amsterdam Safety and Peace! Order and Freedom!, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana 2005 Slow Art – Dutch and Flemish Contemporary Art, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf Traveling without Moving, Trafo, Budapest Constructed Moment, KW 14, Den Bosch Post_modellismus, Gallerie Krinzinger, Vienna Voisins officiels, Musée d’Art Moderne Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d’Ascq 2006 L’Esprit du Nord, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris NowHere Europe – Trans:it. Moving Culture Through Europe, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest Post-Modelism, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen Such Spaces as Memory, Zentralbüro, Berlin Different Realities?, Crown Gallery, Brussels 2007 Spectacular City, NAi Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam / NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf Las partes y el todo. Colección H+F, Fondació Foto Colectania, Barcelona / Bancaja, Valencia Contour / Continuïteit, Heden en verleden, Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft Berlin_NL, Ambasade van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (Dutch Embassy Berlin), Berlin 2008 Nature as Artifice, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo / Pinakothek der Moderne, München / George Eastman House, Rochester (NY) Awards/Stipends 1994 Förderpreis NRW, Düsseldorf Startstipendium (Incentive Grant), Fonds voor beeldende kunsten, vormgeving en bouwkunst, Amsterdam, 1994 1997 Jan van Heel Prize, Den Haag 1998 Aanmoedigingsprijs (Incentive Prize), Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst 1999/2001 Werkbeurs (Basic Grant), Fonds voor beeldende kunsten, vormgeving en bouwkunst, Amsterdam 2000 Charlotte Köhler Prize, Amsterdam 2002 Higashikawa Overseas Photographers Prize, Hokkaido Premio del Golfo, Biennale la Spezia 2005 Leverhulme Fellowship, University of Derby, 2005