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Edwin Zwakman puts a new spin on the long standing tradition of recording the Dutch landscape.  His large-scale cibachromes document freeway overpasses, shorelines, breakfast tables, virtually all manner of everyday life in Holland's cities and suburbs.  Or so it seems.  In reality, the landscapes are constructed maquettes that have been later recorded with the camera.  Zwakman exploits the illusory qualities of photography to confront issues of subjectivity with regards to interpretation. He purposely chooses not to add a lot of detail to his constructions and alters scale to enhance effect. Zwakman continuously experiments with how much the viewer will recognize with the least amount of information. As a result, even when the strangeness of the maquette's insinuates the photograph, our personal inferences cause a reconstruction of them. Slowly, the process of interpretation that suits our experiences becomes apparent. It is this realization that is Zwakman's aim. His cibachromes demand the viewer look beyond that which memory has already concluded and what the unconscious has inferred.
Edwin Zwakman has an impressive exhibition record that includes the Witte de With in Rotterdam, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. His outside projects include "Framed Area," at the Hoofddorf Airport in the Netherlands and "No Vacancies," at the Myyrmaki Art Center, Helsinki, Finland.


1969  Den Haag, Netherlands


1997  Rijksakademie, van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1993  Akademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam

1992  Stadelschule Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Solo Exhibitions


Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY


"Facades", Abbendmuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands


Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
Gallerie Accinci, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Artoheek, Den Haag, Netherlands
Aan zee, CBK, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Selected Group Exhibitions


"Edwin Zwakman, Miriam Backstrom, Matthias Hock," Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA


"Bundled", Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
"Absence", Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY
"Aufnamen", Ostereichissche Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
The Photographers Gallery, London


"Insight-Out, Castello di Rivara", Turino, Italy, traveling exhibition (catalogue)
"The Global City", Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Netherlands
"Kleuren van Water", De Paviljoens, Almere
"Best of", Kunsthal, Rotterdam (catalogue)
"Hors d'oevre", Images 98, Vevey/Basler Borse (cd-rom)
"Retrospective of Dutch Photography", 1850/1998, House of Photography, Maly Manzeh, Moscow (catalogue)


"(No)vacancies", public space, Myyrmaki Art Center, Helsinki, Finnland (catalogue)
Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
"Fetishimage", Withe de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands (catalogue)
"Trapdoor", MK Expositieruimte, Rotterdam, Netherlands
"Framed Area", outside project, Hoofdorf Schiphol, Netherlands (catalogue)
"Prix NI 7 young artists", Gallerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag, Netherlands (catalogue)


"Open Dagen", Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, Netherlands


"Cum Laude", Nieuwspoort, Den Haag, Netherlands (catalogue)
"Uitgelicht", Kunstrai, Amsterdam, Netherlands (catalogue)


"Les Mobiles de la Mobilite", Theatre du Residence Palace, Brussels, Belguim
"Grosse Kunstaustellung NRW", Ehrenhof, Dusseldorf, Germany (catalogue)


1996-97  Studiebeurs, Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
1996     Jan van Heel Award, Den Haag
1994     Forderpreis der "Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW"
1994     Startstipendium, Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam


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