The photographic work of Awoiska van der Molen (1972 in Groningen, the Netherlands)

arises out of a desire to penetrate into the core of the isolated world she photographs. In order to achieve the sense of solitude necessary to gain access to the stoic nature of the landscape, Van der Molen spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. Standing out as someone who remains rooted in the riches of analogue photography, Van der Molen’s work should be understood as a metaphysical quest, a journey to the essence of being,  completed when she finally prints her photographs in her dark room by hand.
 

Van der Molen studied at the Master Photography at the St. Joost Academy Breda (NL) between 2001 - 2003 and before that at the Dutch Academy of fine Arts Minerva in Groningen (NL). She has had exhibitions in museums and collections such as Huis Marseille Amsterdam, DZ Bank Frankfurt, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Photomuseum Den Haag and FOAM Amsterdam among others. She is represented by Kristof De Clercq Gallery in Ghent, Belgium and Purdy Hicks Gallery in London.

 

Last year her work has been awarded the Japanese Hariban Award, she was finalist at the Hyères Photography Festival in France in 2011 and in the same year she has won the Alt. +1000 prize in Rossinière, Switzerland. In 2014 she published her first monograph 'Sequester', that became a highly praised photobook.