Awoiska van der Molen

The United Kingdom, London Purdy Hicks Gallery

The monochrome photographs of Awoiska van der Molen (NL, 1972) are the result of long periods of time spent in remote landscapes. In solitude she slowly uncovers the identity of a place, allowing it to impress upon her its specific emotional and physical qualities. Using her personal experience within the landscape for her creative process, she instinctively searches for a state of being in which the boundary between herself and her surroundings blur. Without titles or any indications of location, her large-scale silver gelatine prints recreate her personal experiences in the landscape for the viewer and remain open to interpretation.

Awoiska van der Molen lives and works in Amsterdam. In 2017 van der Molen was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and was she the recipient of the Larry Sultan Photography Award 2017. She received the Japanese Hariban Award in 2014 and was finalist at the Hyères Photographie Festival in France in 2011. Van der Molen has participated in numerous group exhibitions and her first major museum solo show was held at Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam in 2016.