Tessa Groenewoud
(Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands)

Master Fine Art, Media Art, School of Arts (KASK)
Ghent, Belgium
2014 – 2016

Art Science, University of Ghent
Ghent, Belgium
2007 – 2008

BA Fine Art, Royal Academy of Visual Arts (KABK)
The Hague, The Netherlands
1998 – 2003


An oeuvre that is at first glance diverse in various media is connected by a poetic and, on the other hand, critical astonishment about the coming into being and dealing with the (photographic) image. Subtle autobiographical references color the work - which often consists of found or existing 'fragments' or images and is indebted to the conceptual movement as well as to (the structural) film. Arising from a research in the medium used (from search engines and Google to analogue photography) it originates from observation or is sometimes framed in a predetermined concept, where the use of language and references to literature and art history often play a role. A tension that appropriates the various qualities of the photographic image - from the hyper-volatile digital and online to the fixed (in silver bromides on paper, as inkjet print or in book form) - regularly surfaces.

Recent work consists of analogue photography that takes shape in often intimate, small scale prints. Diarylike fragments are presented for the first time. They are mostly unconstructed images captured in the artists direct intimate surroundings, reflecting on personal everyday scenes and relations as well as on imagemaking and photography itself.