Jeroen Toirkens

Jeroen Toirkens (1971)

Woont in Nederland. Werkt in Den Haag.

Jeroen Toirkens (Nederland, 1971) richt zich met name op sociale documentaire fotografie en ‘slow journalism’ projecten. In 2011 verscheen zijn eerste boek NOMAD (Lannoo), een zoektocht van twaalf jaar naar de laatst levende nomaden op het Noordelijk halfrond. Met dit boek creëert hij een divers maar ook schrijnend beeld van nomadisme in de 21ste eeuw. Jelle Brandt Corstius schreef het begeleidend essay. Hiermee wint hij de prestigieuze Canon Prijs (Zilveren Camera, 2011) voor vernieuwende fotojournalistiek. Volgens de jury: “Een project dat in deze jachtige tijden benadrukt dat een jarenlange concentratie op één onderwerp leidt tot nieuwe inzichten, kennis en beelden die de clichés superieur ontstijgen.” In 2013 volgt zijn tweede boek SOLITUDE, In the wake of Willem Barentsz (Lannoo) Voor dit project werkte hij samen met auteur en Scandinavië correspondent Petra Sjouwerman. Samen schetsen zij een intiem beeld van mensen die in afzondering leven in het Arctische noorden van Noorwegen, Zweden, Finland en Rusland – kortweg de Barentsz-regio. De laatste overgebleven wildernis van Europa. In 2015 werd hij door het Anchorage Museum in Alaska uitgenodigd voor een residency op het afgelegen eiland Little Diomede, middenin de Beringstraat. Dit resulteerde in de grote internationale groepstentoonstelling: “View from Up Here”. Momenteel werkt hij samen met Jelle Brandt Corstius aan het project BOREALIS. De komende vier jaar bezoeken ze de boreale zone, een cirkel van voornamelijk naaldbomen die zich uitstrekt over Europa, Azië en Noord-Amerika. Ze gaan op zoek gaan naar de verhalen en mensen in de bossen. Wie wonen hier? Hoe wonen ze? En hoe verhouden de inwoners zich tot het woud?

Interview over NomadsLife met Jeroen Toirkens
Interview over NomadsLife met Jeroen Toirkens

Over de kunstenaar

Julie Decker over Jeroen Toirkens
In een tijd van grote economische, sociale en ecologische veranderingen, spreekt Toirkens werk tot de mensheid. Zijn werk is gelijktijdig een onderzoek, documentatie en foto-essay, verspreid over meerdere jaren en uitgestrekte delen van de wereld - en herinnert ons aan de kracht van delen.
Julie Decker, CEO Anchorage Museum

Marktpositie

Jeroen Toirkens (1971) is een van de meest prominente documentaire fotografen van Nederland. Met zijn slow journalism projecten heeft hij meerdere (inter)nationale prijzen in de wacht gesleept, waaronder de Zilveren Camera en de Canon Prize. Naast dat zijn werk in talloze privécollecties zit, is het werk van Toirkens is opgenomen in verscheidene museumcollecties, waaronder het Anchorage Museum of Modern Art in Alaska, Museon in Den Haag en Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden.

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