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, often in the form of intimate, small-scale prints that are sometimes grouped into series. Diary-like excerpts go hand in hand with an investigation into form and experiment. Chiefly, these are images that are not staged —captured in the immediate intimate environment. They reflect on everyday personal scenes and relationships, as well as on the process of image-making and the medium of photography itself.