Vera van Almen Photography Vera van Almen Photography

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About
Vera van Almen is a Dutch Photographer born in 1986. She graduated at the Academy of Photography in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2017. 



About her series "In absence"  (ongoing)

Longing
for a place
you have never been

Longing
for a time
you do not know

Coming home
to a place
you have never been

Feeling akin
to somenone
you do not know

Losing
an other me

Feeling nothing
is that feeling something?

I did not know
that nothing
can be everything



Artist statement

Through te loss of her father at a very young age, Vera van Almen was confronted early with the impermanence of life.
She expresses an ephemeral view on life, handling concepts such as loss and desire. She is inspired by the Japanese phrase "mono no aware" - the realization that all life and everything in existence is fleeting. Through this, van Almen finds beauty in transience. On a quest for beauty and serenity, seeking the silence beneath the noise, her images are characterized by a softness and longing that she associates with Romanticism.
Embracing contingency and appreciation of the unpredictable are of great value in her working process. It enables her to conceive the unexpected without the interference and limitations of her ratio. Cameraless techniques are ideally suited to explore the unpredictability in the creation process. This is why she loves creating her images just by painting with light.



Education
2022-2023 Le Masterklass with Klavdij Sluban, Paris (FR)
2020-2021 Masterclass with Machiel Botman, Haarlem (NL)
2016-2017 Photo Academy, Amsterdam (NL)
2010-2012 Photo Academy, Rotterdam (NL)

Exhibitions
2021 Landelijk Atelierweekend, De Gruyterfabriek, 's-Hertogenbosch (NL)
2019 Landelijk Atelierweekend, De Gruyterfabriek, 's-Hertogenbosch (NL)
2019 Group exhibition Chapter6, WG Kunst, Amsterdam (NL)
2018 Best of Class, Museum Tot Zover, Amsterdam (NL)
2018 Canova Prize NYC18, 393 NYC Broadway, New York (USA) 
2017 ROMART 2017 Biennale Internationale di Arte e Cultura, Stadio di Domiziano, Rome (IT)
2017 New Dutch Photography Talent 2018, 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
2017 REVEAL Graduation Exhibition Photo Academy, Gallery Photo Academy, Amsterdam (NL)
2017 REVEAL Graduation Exhibition Photo Academy, Loods 6, Amsterdam (NL)
2016 Kunst & Design, De Gruyterfabriek, 's-Hertogenbosch (NL)
2015 Revela-T photography festival, Barcelona (ES)
2015 Kunst @ Orthenstraat, 's-Hertogenbosch (NL)
2015 Kunst & Design, De Gruyterfabriek, 's-Hertogenbosch (NL)
2012 Het Oog, Gallery Photo Academy, Rotterdam (NL)
2011 Fotogram Award 2011, Fotogram, Amsterdam (NL)

Exhibition catalogues
2018 Canova Prize / International Contemporary Art Award New York 2018 (USA)
2017 ROMART 2017 Biennale Internationale di Arte e Cultura (IT)
2017 REVEAL - Fotoacademie graduation catalogue (NL)

Publication
2019 Aesthetica Magazine (UK)
2019 Fresh Eyes European Photography Talent 2019, book by GUP Magazine (NL)
2017 New Dutch Photography Talent 2018, book by GUP Magazine (NL)

Awards and recognitions
2019 Fresh Eyes European Photography Talent 2019 (NL)
2018 Canova Prize NYC18 Shortlist (USA)
2017 ROMART 2017 Biennale Internationale di Arte e Cultura Shortlist (IT)
2017 IPA 2017, Honorable Mention, Fine Art: Nudes Category (USA)
2017 New Dutch Photography Talent 2018 (NL)
2011 Fotogram Award 2011, overall winner (NL)