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Sjoerd van Oevelen

Sjoerd van Oevelen (1974) is a visual artist and researcher based in Amsterdam. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Architectural Association in London. Since 2001 he has been collaborating with artist Elodie Hiryczuk under the name Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen.

Their photographies explore the workings of perception and systems of perspective, as well as humankind's relationship to nature and the landscape. The differences and similarities between Western and Eastern traditions of painting and photographing nature deeply shape their work and thinking. Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen regulary publish essays on their blog The Detached Gaze and in magazines such as Philosophy of Photography and EXTRA ¬– Photography in Context.

In addition to making art he co-founded the practice and research-based art platform Radical Reversibility co-curating international art exhibitions Seeing Without A Seer (2018) and From Seeing To Acting (2021). He is head of the Moving Image BA at ArtEZ AKI Academy of Art and Design and currently pursues a Phd research entitled Towards A Gaze Multiple at LUCAS Center for the Arts in Society at Leiden /


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AKI Enschede16:30 - 20:30
Conversation with a Cactus, Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky, 2017, 45:00


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