Marijn Kuijper, visual storyteller.
Born in 1980, The Netherlands.
Manhood and fatherhood are the central themes in my work. Born as a girl in 1980 and living as a man since 2008, I never learned what it means to be a man. I grew up without a father and never had a male role models as an example. I often wonder what masculinity entails. How should a man behave? What should a male body look like? Am I a son to my father, or am I also his daughter?
In my work archival pictures are often the starting point for telling a story. I enjoy the process of playing with them by cutting them up, adding elements, and re-photographing them. I use these objects to construct my own interpretation of the relationship between me and my surroundings.
e-mail: marijn @ marijnkuijper.nl
I am available for commissions
“Regarding you & me. Six attempts to get closer to my father.” Graduation Exhibition Royal academy of art, The Hague. 6-12 july 2018
ISSP International Masterclass 2016/2017 Final Exhibition, Kuldiga, Latvia
“Someday You’ll Disappear” during Paradise, 3rd year exhibition Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. (group exhibition)
Pop-up exhibition for 12 Fotografen – 12 Straten – 12 Provincies (DuPho/Fotoweek)
ISSP Final Exhibition, Kuldiga, Latvia (group exhibition)
Publications / press
“De sterren van de toekomst: Koninklijke academie van Beeldende Kunsten.” Jan Hoek, Vice. Juli 2018. https://www.vice.com/nl/article/qvm8nb/sterren-toekomst-kabk
“In progress: Shapes of Absence” Erik. Vroons, GUP Magazine, #57 Ideal, May 2018
“This project is about how the absence of my father shaped my life”
FT Weekend Magazine, January 6/7 2018, Supplement of the Year on Identity and Photography
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
Culture of Arts, Science and Technology
Internships & Masterclasses
Masterclass “Conceptualising the Personal”
by Phil Toledano
International Summerschool of Photography (ISSP), Latvia and Italy
Masterclass “The Narrative Portrait”
by Alessandra Sanguinetti
International Summerschool of Photography (ISSP), Latvia
Masterclass “Me & My Subject”
by Erik Vroons and Rob Wetzer
2014 – 2015
Jan Dirk van der Burg Photography, Amsterdam