Awoiska van der Molen

Artist lecture Thursday, October 05, 2017 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco CA, 94107
Awoiska van der Molen, #422-7, 2015

The work of Amsterdam-based Awoiska van der Molen develops from a desire to comprehend the essence of the isolated world she photographs. Spending long periods of time in solitude in remote landscapes, she slowly uncovers the identity of the place. Her large-scale, black-and-white images convey her experience of the emotional and physical qualities of the places where photographs. The meditative process of photographing the landscape continues in the darkroom, where van der Molen prints her gelatin silver prints by hand. Of her process, she writes, “I often experience the scenes in my works as borderlands. They can be the beginning or the end, life or death, something that invites or something to turn away from. I only make a picture when I sense these paradoxes.”

Van der Molen studied at Minerva Art Academy, The Netherlands, and at Hunter College, New York, before receiving her MFA in photography at St. Joost Academy in The Netherlands. Her work has been exhibited internationally, at institutions including FOAM Fotografie Museum, Amsterdam; FoMu Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; and. Van der Molen’s work is included in the collections of institutions such as the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and Museum of Photography, Seoul. In 2017, Van der Molen received the Larry Sultan Photography Award and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize. Her work is currently on view in the exhibition The Grain of the Present at Pier 24 Photography.

Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.

Larry Sultan Photography Award

Awoiska van der Molen, #256-17, 2009

Awoiska van der Molen

Fall 2017 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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The work of Awoiska van der Molen (b. 1972, Netherlands) develops from a desire to comprehend 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, she spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. She takes time to experience the landscape and penetrates deep into the essence of the remote, hushed world created in her photographs. She immerses herself in the landscape, moves slowly, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues into the darkroom where her pictures are printed by hand—an intimate process—further imparting a unique stillness that emanates from her work.