Vera van Almen is a Dutch artist born in 1986. based in 
’s-Hertogenbosch, in the south of the Netherlands. She graduated at the Photo Academy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2017. While studying photography, she started experimenting more and more with photography, pushing the boundaries of the medium. Her digital camera was soon exchanged for an analogue camera, supplemented by an old-fashioned Polaroid camera. This became her favourite. She discovered the charm of allowing chance and the imperfections that come with it. The urge to experiment remained and soon she started trying out different printing techniques in the darkroom, which proved to be a pivotal moment in her artistic journey. Having to act physically to achieve images became a necessity in her process. She has since abandoned the camera entirely and now creates her images camera-less.

Artist statement
My artworks feel like enigmas of absence, a quest for the intangible, a journey to states of being that I cannot rationally grasp. My camera-less practice challenges the conventional notion of control by embracing contingency and valuing the unpredictable as an integral element of my artistic process. My images, devoid of literal representation, invite viewers to contemplate the unseen and unknown.

My work transcends the literal representation of reality. I challenge you to look at what is not there, to experience emptiness, and to understand that beauty resides in the unknown. My creations reflect my longing for something I do not know and may never fully comprehend. It's like catching a glimpse of something greater, a yearning for spiritual depth.
In a time when the world often revolves around perfection and clear-cut answers, I want to remind you that beauty can be found in imperfection, in the pursuit of the unknown, and in the silence of the unanswered. My art is an invitation for you to explore and embrace the boundaries of the comprehensible, realizing that some questions may never be fully answered. I invite you not only to view my work but also to experience it, to embrace its meditative impact.

for a place
you have never been

for a time
you do not know

Coming home
to a place
you have never been

Feeling akin
to somenone
you do not know

an other me

Feeling nothing
is that feeling something?

I did not know
that nothing
can be everything

Text by Vera van Almen 

16 May - 16 June 2024 “Where Silence Meets Me”, IN-DEPENDANCE by IBASHO Gallery, Antwerp (BE)

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)

2024 Solo exhibition “In Absence”, Salon unRepresented by a ppr oc he, Paris (FR)
2024 Book Launch and Solo Exhibition Artist Book '57', Bob Manders Architecture, Art by Robert, Oisterwijk (NL)
2023 Preview Artist Book '57', De Gruyterfabriek, 's-Hertogenbosch (NL)
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)

2023 Artist Book "57"
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)

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