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2018




A lot of images at Kunstlinie Almere


The projects Showroom, Showroom Girls and The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide are on show in a large installation at Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland. The show Overdaad focusses on the excess of images in our society, is curated by Shehera Grot & Stephanie Afrifa and shows work by Erik Kessels, Jonas Lindstroem, Matthias Oostrik, Norimichi Hirakawa, Heather Dewey-Hagbor and Willem Popelier. From 16 March - 17 June 2018.



New work Paris Error


On november 13, 2015 I witnessed one of the terror attacks in Paris. I've been working on the new project PARIS ERROR, which focusses on this experience.
While it's still work in progress, one image was already published in Foam Magazine #49.
The first results can be seen at Unfair 2018 in Amsterdam from March 29 - April 2. The fair shows 40 artists with their most recent work. During those days, I will give a performance and the first images are on show and for sale. You are most welcome to visit & see me!
If you miss it, you can also see the work at PREVIEW in Galerie Pennings in Eindhoven from April 15 - May 26.

2017




YOUR WEEKLY PRESIDENT AT BKKC | 11 may - 2 jul 2017

The 2016 elections version of the installation Your Weekly President is exhibited in BKKC in Tilburg in the group show Buiten Kaders. With Marleine van der Werf, Claudia den Boer, Jenny van den Broeke and Willem Popelier.

WATCHED! SURVEILLANCE ART & PHOTOGRAPHY AT C/O BERLIN | 18 feb -23 apr 2017

Obscured Classified Document is on show at the exhibition Watched! Surveillance Art & Photography in C/O Berlin, which examines the complexities of modern surveillance with a focus on photography and visual media. The Berlin exhibition presents works by 15 international artists. Organized in cooperation with the Hasselblad Foundation, Valand Academy, Kunsthal Aarhus, and C/O Berlin.

2016




YOUR WEEKLY PRESIDENT AT DE MELKWEG | 28 oct - 13 nov 2016

– THE EXHIBITION HAS BEEN PROLONGED TO 27 NOV –
The 2016 elections version of Your Weekly President will be exhibited during the US elections, in a solo show in de Melkweg in Amsterdam. On view there is a special pre-version, made specifically for the 2016 Elections in the United States. It shows 408 weeks of speeches in an installation that invites you to scroll through all weekly speeches and to focus on all the visual details. The exhibition is part of The President’s Night, a grand event around the American presidential elections (sold out).

INSIDE OBAMAS COMPOUND AT CINEMATEK BRUSSELS | 30 nov 2016

Inside Obama's Compound will be screened at Cinematek Brussels during Populist Shadow Theatre by Paul Willemsen, as part of Schijn bedriegt, de rechtvaardige oorlog als illusie.

THE DO-IT-YOURSELFIE GUIDE (LIMITED ARTIST EDITION) AT FOMU ANTWERP | 21 nov 2015 - 9 oct 2016

FOMU, the photography museum of Antwerp, exists 50 years and celebrates with the exhibition Photography Inc.: the story of photography and the photographic industry from the early years through to the present day. It examines turning points in the technological history of photography and their impact on the user, from daguerreotypes to today’s selfies. All the items on show come from the FOMU collection. The Limited Artist Edition of The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide is part of it.

THE DO-IT-YOURSELFIE GUIDE AT FOTOROUTE DEN HELDER | 28 aug - 2 oct 2016

The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide can be seen at the gallery Windkracht 13 as part of Fotoroute Den Helder.

THE ART OF SELFIES AT UNSEEN FESTIVAL IN AMSTERDAM | 16 - 25 sept 2016

What happens when a group of teenagers have a special ‘selfie encounter’ with residents of a nursing home? Unseen Photo Festival, in collaboration with youth platform de PIT and Foam, present The Art of Making Selfies. Youngsters of de PIT and residents of nursing home De Bogt-Westerbeer formed pairs and worked on modern self-portraits doing this project. The initiative was led by the Dutch photographer Willem Popelier, who is known for placing selfies in the tradition of portraiture. Unlike a normal “selfie”, the camera was in the hands of the other, whilst the one portrayed remained the director of the image. Results can be seen at De Bogt-Westerbeer during the festival.

PERFORMING THE SELF AT UNSEEN PHOTO FAIR IN AMSTERDAM | 23 sept 2016

Contemporary digital culture seems to revolve around the exchange of images on the one hand, and an ongoing, self-referring state of performance on the other. We increasingly face the ever so present circulation of images and information. At the same time, we become part of a condition that can be described as a constant state of performance. During Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam, at the Unseen Living Room, there will be a discussion on these topics with Simon Baker (senior curator, International Art (Photography), UK), Ashleigh Kane (arts and culture editor, Dazed, UK), Juno Calypso (artist, UK) and Willem Popelier (artist, NL). Moderated by Zippora Elders (curator, NL).

THE DO-IT-YOURSELFIE GUIDE AT SEOUL LUNAR PHOTO IN KOREA | 10 sept 2016

The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide will be shown in an evening screening at Seoul Lunar Photo at Seoul, South Korea, within the theme of ID(identity). The event will take place in the National Palace Museum of Korea in Seoul on a 12 meters big screen. Next to the screening the artist edition of The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide will be exhibited at the beautiful art book store The Book Society.

SHOWROOM GIRLS IN GENEVA, SWITSERLAND | 31 may - 31 jul 2016

Showroom Girls is on show at the exhibition Caméra(Auto)Contrôle, by the Centre de la Photographie Genève. The exhibition is the core of the 50JPG—50 Days for Photography in Geneva 2016. It takes us right into the burning issue of drones and all other monitoring systems that use photo and video cameras.
Visit the blog as prologue to the central exhibition.

BRUNO 22 08 2013 IN LUXEMBOURG | 12 may - 3 jul 2016

BRUNO 22 08 2013 is on show in the exhibition Les nouveaux talents de la photographie in the Neumünster Abbey, Luxembourg. In this exhibition, three years of ING Unseen Talent Award finalists are joined to exhibit their work. This is the first time that the artworks created by the finalists of the last three award competitions are on show together.

ARTIST TALK AT FOAM BETA | 22 jun 2016

I will give an artist talk on a few of my works, focussing on body language, during Foam Beta - Where Photography Meets Body Language in Foam Amsterdam. Foam Beta is the new community for Thinkers and Creators and is an initiative of Foam Lab.

VISUAL PROOF AT Z33 HOUSE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART | 27 mar - 29 may 2016

The exhibition Design My Privacy, which includes Visual Proof of My Existence, travels to Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium. The exhibition shows work by contemporary artist who explore issues of online privacy and digital surveillance, and questions how visual arts and design can help improve our privacy safety.

THE DO-IT-YOURSELFIE GUIDE AT QUICKSCAN NL#2 | 23 jan - 8 may 2016

The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide is part of Quickscan NL#2 at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, NL. Quickscan NL#2 is an exhibition that gives a taste of the latest, most exciting trends in Dutch photography. The artists include: Laurence Aëgerter, Gwenneth Boelens, Jan Dirk van der Burg, Anne Geene, Jan Hoek, Stephan Keppel, Kasia Klimpel, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Ola Lanko, Willem Popelier, Jannemarein Renout, Jan Rosseel, Collectief Salvo, Marleen Sleeuwits, Batia Suter, Elisabeth Tonnard and Mariken Wessels.

SHOWROOM IN TIANJIN, CHINA | 5 - 18 apr 2016

The series Showroom is exhibited in the exhibition "Map of Daily Life" in TAFA - Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Tianjin, China. The show is curated by Sujong Song and includes works by 17 photographers including Michael Wolf, Penelope Umbrico and Hans Eijkelboom.

NOMINATED FOR THE FOAM PAUL HUF AWARD 2016 | mar 2016

The Award is awarded annually by Foam to an international photographic talent under the age of 35, who's work exhibits a clear visual language and distinguishes itself in both form and content. The international jury will meet in Amsterdam on 15 and 16 March to choose a winner from portfolios submitted by one hundred photographers nominated from around the world.

VISUAL PROOF AT MOTI MUSEUM OF THE IMAGE | 26 sep 2015 - 24 jan 2016

UPDATE: EXHIBITION EXTENDED FROM 24 JAN - 13 MAR.
Visual Proof of My Existence is a project I made while traveling in Florida without my own camera. I recorded my presence by using the cameras that are already there. The work is now exhibited in the show Design my Privacy at Museum of the Image, Breda, NL. The exhibition shows work by contemporary artist, who explore issues of online privacy and digital surveillance, and questions how visual arts and design can help improve our privacy safety.
With works by Willem Popelier, Mark Shepard, Ruben Pater, FRONT404, Rosa Menkman, Maddy Varner for F.A.T., Heath Bunting, Joyce Overheul, Owen Mundy, Jeroen van Loon and Sander Veenhof, among others.

YOUR WEEKLY PRESIDENT AT ART ROTTERDAM | 10 - 14 feb 2016
A pre-version of Your Weekly President can be seen in the group exhibition Prospects & Concepts, initiated by the Mondriaan Fund and curated by Noor Mertens, during Art Rotterdam. The exhibition shows work by all artists who received a Talent Development Grant in 2014.

2015




THE DO-IT-YOURSELFIE GUIDE AT URBAN OUTFITTERS | nov 2015

The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide, the ultimate selfie guide to capture the best version of yourself, is now for sale at every Urban Outfitters in Europe. Get it while it's hot (and even save €2).

SELF PORTRAITS AT MUSEUM ARNHEM | 3 oct 2015 - 24 jan 2016

My ID photos series Rejected Identities and the beautiful small box with ID photo-selfies the Do-It-Yourselfie Guide (Limited Edition) are both exhibited in the show The Mirrored Eye, Self Portraits in Dutch Contemporary Art, 1900-2015 at Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL. The exhibition and accompanying publication charts the rich Dutch history and major developments of the self-portrait in contemporary art, from 1900 onwards.
Curated by Mirjam Westen. With works by Erwin Blumenfeld, Piet Mondriaan, Dick Ket, Charley and Jan Toorop, Marlene Dumas, Rineke Dijkstra, Mark Manders and many more.

SHOWROOM AT LISHUI PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL CHINA | 6 - 20 nov 2015

The series Showroom is exhibited at the Lishui Photography Festival in Lishui, China, in the main exhibition "Map of Daily Life". The festival will be held from 6 Nov to 11 Nov and the exhibition will last another month. The show is curated by Sujong Song and includes works by 18 photographers including Michael Wolf, Penelope Umbrico and Hans Eijkelboom.

THE DO-IT-YOURSELFIE GUIDE AT PRICCAPRACTICE | 4 sep - 2 oct 2015

The very succesfull Do-It-Yourselfie Guide is now for the first time exhibited as an installation in the show You and Me and Everyone We Don't Know at Priccapractice #4, Minerva Academy in Groningen, NL. The show treats the photographic portrait in an intercultural context. The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide is exhibited on thick wooden blocks that can be touched and turned to see all the rules and their corresponding selfies on the back.
Curated by Andrea Stultiens. With works by Angelica Dass (SP), Tijmen van Dijk (NL), Nii Obodai (GH), Willem Popelier (NL), Harry Bos (NL), Joachim Schmid (DE), Elsadig Mohamed (SU), and Romaric Tisserand (FR).

NEW BOOK PUBLICATION THE DO-IT-YOURSELFIE GUIDE | 12 june 2015

The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide, the ultimate selfie guide to capture the best version of yourself, is now for sale. It can be yours for €10. Available in every bookstore, and everywhere online. Just like selfies. It contains 66 rules accompanied by 66 reenactments of selfies. Published by BIS Publishers.

REJECTED IDENTITIES AT MUSEUM DR. GUISLAIN | 14 mar - 27 sep 2015

Rejected Identities is exhibited in the show Characteristic Faces - On hawk noses and chipmunk cheeks at Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent, BE. Characteristic Faces questions the relationship between inside and out and its presence in psychiatry, criminology, and the public opinion. The exhibition illustrates this intriguing but problematic history. At the same time it shows how these old notions are still present today, and that the role prejudice and stereotypes play in the media and in everyday life must not be underestimated.

EXHIBITION AT APEXART NEW YORK | 4 jun - 25 jul 2015

Showroom Girls and Obscured Classified Document (Situation Room) are exhibited in the show Profiled: Surveillance of a Sharing Society at Apexart, New York, USA. The 5 artists in Profiled work at the juncture of post-9/11 military concerns and the astronomical rise of social media technologies. Through their diverse practices, these artists analyze the paradoxes in sharing everything with our suspicion of those looking.

LECTURE OCTOTHORPESELFPORTRAIT | 28 may 2015

I will give the lecture OCTOTHORPESELFPORTRAIT on selfies, the ins and outs on selfies, my research on selfies, the creation of The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide, and much more, at Fotokafeine in Ketelhuis Eindhoven, on 28 May in the evening.

SELFIES AT FOTOSTUDIO DE JONG | 5 feb 2015

The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide was shortly discussed in the Dutch TV show Fotostudio De Jong. Willem Popelier showed some of the 66 rules and selfies together with the original sources.

REJECTED IDENTITIES AT TEYLERS MUSEUM | 8 nov 2014 - 8 feb 2015

Rejected Identities is exhibited in the show On first sight at Teylers Museum Haarlem, NL. Scientists have been conducting serious research on the appearance of men and women for centuries. Entire ethnic groups were measured and labeled on their appearance. With the advent of photography and other mass media, this was widely spread throughout the world, sometimes with great consequences. The show focusses on this history, with rare and old examples from around the world, and shocking stories. Rejected Identities is part of it, as a modern work that puts our usage of identity and ID photos in perspective.

2014




THE DO-IT-YOURSELFIE GUIDE, LIMITED ARTIST EDITION FOR SALE AT NEW WINDOW | sep 2014

Willem Popelier analyzed thousands of selfies, tips and research articles on selfies for the new work The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide - the ultimate selfie guide with 66 rules and 66 accompanying identity pictures to capture the best version of yourself. A limited artist edition is made in an edition of 66 with 149 handmade identity pictures, signed and numbered in a beautiful small box.
For sale at New Window.

PUBLICATION AUTO | 2014

Auto - Self-Representation and Digital Photography is published by Art and Theory Publishing in Stockholm, Sweden. Auto investigates how the everyday digital photography of our times challenges notions of autobiography, interactivity, and democracy. It contains my essay Digital Narcissism. Contributors: Sarah Kember, Willem Popelier, Louise Wolthers and Daniel Trottier. ISBN 978-91-980874-5-1.
For sale at Art and Theory Publishing.

GOETHE-INSTITUT'S LUNCH BYTES AT FOAM | 30 nov 2014
During the upcoming Amsterdam edition of the European Lunch Bytes: Life: Representation, Visibility Online and the Self by the Goethe-Institut, I will talk about my work in relationship to the visibility and representation of the online self. This Lunch Bytes event looks at how online identities are constructed by users and corporations alike. It addresses the pervasive imperative of sharing and being personal, as well as social media's constant craving for images dedicated to the ordinary and the private.

PRESENTATION AT THE PARIS PHOTO PLATFORM | 15 nov 2014
UPDATE: watch the recorded presentation on Artnet.fr
On saturday november 15th at 6pm, I will give a presentation on Your Weekly President and The Do It Yourselfie Guide at the Paris Photo PLATFORM. The PLATFORM, organized by Urs Stahel, is intended to be an experimental forum for discussion and debate about the prospects of photography and the constantly changing fields it encompasses. The PLATFORM is held in the Auditorium on the 1st floor of the Grand Palais during Paris Photo, FR.

LECTURE AT STUDIUM GENERALE HKU | 5 nov 2014
I will give a lecture on photography and taboos at the Studium Generale of the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, NL.

THE DO IT YOURSELFIE GUIDE AT DUTCH DESIGN WEEK | 18 - 26 oct 2014
The Do It Yourselfie Guide is shown and for sale at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, as part of one of the 'windows' of New Window.

LECTURE AT CAMERA ARTS LUZERN | 21 oct 2014
I will give a lecture on my work and how I research at Camera Arts, Hochschule Luzern, CH.

LECTURE AT KONING WILLEM COLLEGE DEN BOSCH | 16 oct 2014
I will give a lecture on my work at the Koning Willem I College, Den Bosch, NL.

____ AND WILLEM AT TIFF WROCLAW | 5 - 15 sep 2014
The book ____ and Willem is selected by curator Erik Kessels for the exhibition on Dutch Photobooks at TIFF Festival 2014 in Art gallery Studio BWA in Wroclaw, Poland. Over 50 books are exhibited that represent various trends in Dutch Photobook publishing.

GENDERBLENDER IN MU EINDHOVEN | 6 jun - 17 aug 2014
EN VOGUE will be exhibited at GenderBlender, an exhibition in MU artspace in Eindhoven, NL. The exhibition focusses on gender diversity in our society.

WERKBIJDRAGE JONG TALENT | may 2014
I received a grant (Werkbijdrage Jong Talent) from the Mondriaan Fund to do research and work on new projects.

THE SPACE BETWEEN US IN SHENZHEN CHINA | 26 apr - 20 jul 2014
The works EN VOGUE, YOUR WEEKLY PRESIDENT, INSIDE OBAMA'S COMPOUND, SHOWROOM and SHOWROOM GIRLS are exhibited in The Space Between Us, an exhibition in He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China, curated by Foam Amsterdam. In the exhibition a group of nine contemporary Dutch artists, all using the medium of photography and sometimes the medium of film/video, explores and exploits the meaning, value and representation of the human body.

LECTURE AT VERSATILE IMAGE SEMINAR | 1 jul / 2 jul 2014
I will give a lecture on my work during the Versatile Image: The Networked Photograph Seminar by the North East Photography Network in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, a seminar which will explore the perceived current opportunities and challenges for photographers, curators and audiences of photography in the digital age. The next day I will give an artist talk to the Masters of Photography programme of the University of Sunderland. Entrance is free.

LECTURE AT GENDERBLENDER CONFERENCE | 4 jul 2014
I will give a lecture on my work during the GenderBlender Conference in Eindhoven, NL, a conference which specializes in the impact of gender on design and vice versa. Entrance is free.

FELIX & FOAM, FOAM IN FELIX MERITIS | 17 apr - 22 jun 2014
FOAM Amsterdam brings The Space Between Us, an exhibition in He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China, in a small version to Felix Meritis in Amsterdam. The works EN VOGUE and INSIDE OBAMA'S COMPOUND are exhibited here.

STATEMENT AT DON'T MENTION THE D-WORD | 4 apr 2014
- SOLD OUT -
I am asked to give a statement during Don't Mention The D-Word. This is a meeting at Fotodok Utrecht where the future and status of documentary strategies are discussed. It is initiated by the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Master Photography AKV|St. Joost Academy Breda and Fotodok Utrecht. Read the statement here (in Dutch).

PORTRAITS AT TEFAF | 14 - 19 mar 2014
At the TEFAF in Maastricht I made portraits for ING Art Management, in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum. Did you receive a portrait and want to order a larger print, or do you have an other question? Please click here >

EN VOGUE IN VPRO'S FOTOSTUDIO DE JONG | 18 jan 2014
The work EN VOGUE is highlighted on Dutch national television NL2, in the television program Fotostudio De Jong, produced by the VPRO and presented by Wilfried de Jong, focussing on photography in all its forms. Watch it here >

____ AND WILLEM UNDERCOVER IN ST. PETERSBURG | 28 nov 2013 - 13 jan 2014
____ AND WILLEM and many design dummies of the book are exhibited in Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the exhibition Undercover: a research exhibition of Dutch photographic publications and the processes of their creation.
At the same time the exhibition can be seen on the website Undercover, a web-based catalogue of the show which includes information and links to all the books of the exhibition.



2013




EXHIBITION AT KABK | oct 4 - nov 1 2013
Several works, including Rejected Identities, Inside Obama's Compound and The Osama Papers are exhibited at the alumni exhibition This Is The School And The School Is Many Things at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.

NEW TALENT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD | sep - oct 2013
The work I made for the ING New Talent Photography Award is Bruno 22 08 2013. It is exhibited, together with the works of the 4 other nominees, from 13 September to 13 October at Huize Frankendael in Amsterdam and at Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam.

NOMINATED FOR NEW TALENT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD | jul - aug 2013
This summer I work on the assignment for my nomination for the New Talent Photography Award, presented by ING Art Management and ING Private Banking. A shortlist of five top talents from Dutch photography and art academies have been asked to take a picture that shows 'the face of the Netherlands'. All finalists are given a coach in the person of renowned photographer Desiree Dolron. The work by the talents can be seen from 13 September to 13 October at Frankendael House in Amsterdam. On 26 September, the winner will be announced during a special photography fair event at Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam. More info.

GREETINGS FROM HILVERSUM | 10 jun - 21 sep 2013
The new, commissioned project Greetings from Hilversum is exhibited at Museum Hilversum during the summer.

SHOWROOM PUBLISHED IN C PHOTO | may 2013
Showroom is published in volume 6 of the international biannual photography magazine C Photo by Ivory Press. The issue is entitled 'Observed' and is guest edited by Jörg Colberg.

TALENTS EXHIBITION IN LUXEMBOURG | 20 jun - 21 jul 2013
The works Your Weekly Address, Osama Papers, This is me & This is me, Rejected Identities and Obscured Classified Document are exhibited at Abbaye de Neumünster, Luxembourg, with the works of all other three Talents 2012 from C/O Berlin.

EN VOGUE | 17 mar 2013
The new work EN VOGUE is now online and can be seen on this site.

INSIDE OBAMA'S COMPOUND | 26 feb 2013
The new work INSIDE OBAMA'S COMPOUND is now online and can be seen on this site.

TEXTS ON WILLEM POPELIER | feb 2013
A selection of essays and interviews on the works of Willem Popelier are added to this site: every day during the first four days of February one text will be added and available to read here by Stine Jensen, Meredith Haaf and Katja Müller-Helle.

VISUAL ROOF OF MY EXISTENCE AT REFRAME FESTIVAL EINDHOVEN | 12 - 21 apr 2013
Visual proof of my existence is exhibited at the exhibition 'Beyond Frames' during the Reframe Festival, Eindhoven.

FROM HERE ON AT ARTS SANTA MONICA BARCELONA | 22 feb - 13 apr 2013
Showroom is exhibited at the substantial exhibition 'From here on' in the Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona.

EN VOGUE AT UNFAIR AMSTERDAM | 14 - 17 mar 2013
The new work En vogue will be exhibited for the first time at UnfairAmsterdam, an art fair made by and for artists of my generation, in cooperation with Mister Motley Magazine. Unfair takes place in Loods6 at KNSM-laan 143 in Amsterdam.

IN AVRO KUNSTUUR | 26 jan 2013
The Dutch television programme AVRO Kunstuur made a small interview on my work. Watch it here.

OBSCURED CLASSIFIED DOCUMENT AND OSAMA PAPERS AT PROSPECTS & CONCEPTS | 6 - 10 feb 2013
Obscured Classified Document and part of the Osama Papers are exhibited at the group exhibition Prospects & Concepts of the Mondriaan Fund during Art Rotterdam in LantarenVenster, Rotterdam



2012




THIS IS ME & THIS IS ME PUBLISHED IN IDENTIKIT | dec 2012
The first chapter of the upcoming book The Obvious Portrait is published with images from This is me & This is me in the catalogue Identikit. This publication accompanies the exhibition by the same name at the Gwanza Month of Photography, Harare, Zimbabwe and is made by the Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, South-Africa.

____ AND WILLEM AT BIJBELS MUSEUM | 2 nov 2012 - 31 jan 2013
Foam presents the exhibition Family Ties in the Bijbels Museum, Amsterdam, with the works ____ and Willem and Family Tree by Ringel Goslinga.

THIS IS WILLEM POPELIER AT C/O BERLIN | 15 sep - 27 nov 4 dec (extended)
The works Your Weekly Address, Osama Papers, This is me & This is me, Rejected Identities, as well as the new works Obscured Classified Document and Inside Obama's Compound are exhibited in the solo exhibition This is Willem Popelier at C/O Berlin in their Talents Program. Together with the exhibition the publication This is Willem Popelier is presented with an essay and interview by Katja Müller-Helle.

LECTURE AT UNIVERSITY GOTHEBORG | 2 oct 2012
I will give a lecture at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden at the International Photography Seminar Internet as I. Self-representation, Social Media and Photography, organized by the Valand Academy and the Hasselblad Foundation.

SHOWROOM GIRLS AT DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE SOUTH KOREA | 20 sep - 28 oct 2012
Showroom girls is exhibited at the Daegu Photo Biennale in South Korea in the show The Youth Code!: Juvenilia Photographica curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer.

THIS IS ME & THIS IS ME AT KABK | 12 sep - 4 oct 2012
One image from the series This is me & This is me is exhibited at the alumni exhibition Making Room at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague.

OBSCURED CLASSIFIED DOCUMENT | 3 jul 2012
The new work Obscured Classified Document is now online and can be seen on this site.

OSAMA PAPERS AT F/STOP LEIPZIG | 23 jun - 1 jul 2012
Osama Papers is exhibited at F/Stop - The History of Now, the Festival for Photography in Leipzig.

FROM HERE ON AT FOTOMUSEUM ANTWERP | 21 jun - 30 sep 2012
Showroom is exhibited at the substantial exhibition 'From here on' at the FotoMuseum, Antwerp.

SHOWROOM GIRLS AT FOTOMUSEUM WINTERTHUR | 9 jun - 26 aug 2012
Showroom girls is exhibited at the exhibition STATUS – 24 Contemporary Documents in Fotomuseum Winterthur. The exhibition explores the current state of the document and the documentary image.

PRIVACY LECTURE AND DISCUSSION AT MUSEUM VOOR COMMUNICATIE | 14 june 2012
I will give a lecture on Showroom Girls and discuss themes of privacy together with Erik Kessels and Rachel Marbus, hosted by Chris in 't Hoff, at the Museum voor Communicatie, The Hague.

LECTURE AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ART THE HAGUE | 15 may 2012
I will give a lecture at Studium Generale of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, about my work

DADA MAGAZINE & KUNST OP JE KAMER | 7 apr 2012
Visual proof of my existence is published in the 75th issue of the art magazine DADA for children between 6 and 106 by Stichting Plint.
Together with the publication one print is for sale in an edition of 75 to celebrate the 75th issue of the magazine in the series of DADA's Kunst op je Kamer (Art in your Room). More information can be found in the magazine and here.

XXXX & WILLEM TO NEDERLANDS FOTOMUSEUM | apr 2012
XXXX & Willem, the dummy that lead to the final publication of ____ and Willem, is acquired by the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam.

DE GOD VAN NEDERLAND #3 | 13 apr 2012
Visual proof of my existence is published in the third issue of the brilliant and exclusive magazine De God van Nederland.

____ AND WILLEM IN THE DUTCH PHOTOBOOK | 10 mar 2012
____ and Willem is selected as one of the most remarkable photobooks of the Netherlands and is part of the publication The Dutch Photobook, the first overview of the development of the Dutch photobook since 1945 and its significance for the Dutch photography. The selected books can also be seen in the exhibition Celebration of the Photobook at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, from 10 march untill 20 may.

LONGLIST DUTCH DOC AWARD 2012 | 1 mar 2012
The project Showroom Girls is on the longlist of the Dutch Doc Award 2011.

THIS IS WILLEM POPELIER | 1 feb 2012
The new project This is Willem Popelier is now online and can be seen on this site.

NOMINATED FOR PRIX PICTET | jan 2012
I am nominated for my work on Barack Obama for the 2012 Prix Pictet Photography Prize - the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability.

NOMINATED FOR ALBERT RENGER-PATZSCH AWARS | jan 2012
I am nominated for my book concept The Obvious Portrait for the 2012 Albert Renger-Patzsch Award of the Stiftung Dietrich Oppenberg at the Museum Folkwang, Essen. It is an European photo-book prize of 25.000 Euros, awarded every three years to produce a book concept.

WINNER OF C/O BERLIN TALENTS 2012 | 25 jan 2012
From about 300 applications, I am one of the four winners of C/O Berlin's Talents 2012. With Talents, C/O Berlin promotes young photographers and art critics at the threshold between education and career, thus providing combined support to new talent in visual and text media. Each year, four photographers are chosen to exhibit their work on a specific theme at C/O Berlin in the Postfuhramt, at the Deutsche Börse Frankfurt as well as at the Goethe Institute in Stockholm and Washington D.C. Each solo exhibition is accompanied by a publication in which images and text enter into dialogue.

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS EXHIBITED WORLDWIDE | nov 2011 - feb 2012
____ and Willem is exhibited at The Best Dutch Book Designs 2010 in Buchkunst International (Frankfurt am Main), Museum Meermanno (The Hague), Toppan Printing Museum (Tokyo) and Neue Hauptbücherei (Vienna).

NOMINATED FOR INFINITY AWARD | jan 2012
I am nominated for the 2012 Young Photographer Infinity Award of the International Center of Photography. ICP’s Infinity Awards were inaugurated in 1985 to bring public attention to outstanding achievements in photography by honoring individuals with distinguished careers in the field and by identifying future luminaries.



2011




OSAMA PAPERS | 14 dec 2011
The new project Osama Papers is now online and can be seen on this site.

PUBLICATION IN FOAM ALBUM 11 | dec 2011
In FOAM Album 11 there is an interview with me about Showroom Girls, a portrait I made from the staff and a selfportrait I made as a present for Foam (see Single Portraits on this site). The publication which was published with the exhibition Showroom girls is also in there.

PUBLICATION IN PHOTOQ YEARBOOK | dec 2011
In the Photoq yearbook 2011/2012 The Discovery is an interview with me about my work. See a preview here.

FOAMMAGAZINE #29 / WHATS NEXT? | dec 2011
In FOAM Magazine #29 / What's Next? is a text with afterthoughts on the exhibition Showroom girls.

LECTURE AT DE BALIE | 8 nov 2011
I will give a lecture on the role of coincidence in my work at De Per Ongeluk Expres, curated by Bianca Stigter at de Balie, Amsterdam

TEACHER PHOTOGRAPHY | sep - oct 2011
Teacher research photography, AKV|St.Joost, Breda

____ AND WILLEM AT FOTOGRAFIA ROME | 23 sep - 23 oct 2011
____ and Willem is exhibited at FOTOGRAFIA 2011, Festival Internazionale di Roma.

GUEST TEACHER PHOTOGRAPHY | 3 - 7 oct 2011
Guest teacher photography, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam

OBAMA BY MOST UNPLEASANT MEN | 1 oct 2011
I made the album cover for the single Obama by Most Unpleasant Men as number 5 of their collection of scraps.

LECTURE AT PHOTO 3.0 | 30 sep 2011
I will give the lecture The obvious portrait about my research on identity and the use of portrait photography at Photo 3.0 in Eindhoven.

FOAM 3H DREAMPRIZE | 29 aug 2011
On one of the last days that Showroom girls is exhibited at Foam, I am awarded with the new FOAM 3h Droomprijs 2011, an initiative of sponsor &samhoud. The prize of €5000 is to stimulate a new project and is awarded to one of the emerging photographers who exhibited the last year at FOAM 3h.

SHOWROOM AT LES RENCONTRES D'ARLES | 4 jul - 18 sep 2011
Showroom will be exhibited at the substantial exhibition 'From here on' in Atelier de Mécanique in Arles, France during Rencontres d'Arles.

SHOWROOM GIRLS AT FOAM | 30 jun - 31 aug 2011
Showroom girls will be exhibited at Foam Amsterdam during the summer. With the exhibition, there will be a small publication about the work with a text by Stine Jensen.

FLICKR OP! DEBATE AT FOAM | 26 aug 2011
FoamLab and Happy Chaos organize a debate on social media at Foam Amsterdam. I will give a short speech about Showroom girls and my thoughts on social media to open the debate.

DUTCH DOC AWARD SPECIAL MENTION FOR ____ AND WILLEM | 11 jun 2011
____ and Willem has been awarded with a special mention for the Dutch Doc Award 2011.

____ AND WILLEM AT STEDELIJK MUSEUM | 11 jun - 17 jul 2011
____ and Willem can be seen at The Best Dutch Book Designs 2010 at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam during The Temporary Stedelijk 2.

DISCUSSION WITH FOAM ABOUT PRIVACY AND THE INTERNET | jun 2011
For my show Showroom girls in Foam, I debate with Colette Olof, curator of Foam, and others about the ideas behind the exhibition. You can read this on the museums discussion site: What’s Next.

INTERVIEW ON NL RADIO 1 | 8 jun 2011
I was interviewed by Hijlco Span on the Dutch NCRV radio program Casa Luna from midnight to 01:00 in the night of 8 to 9 june. We talked about the book ____ and Willem, and about some of my other works. See a short preview on youtube here. Listen to the full interview here.

DUTCH DOC AWARD EXPO | 21 may - 19 jun 2011
____ and Willem is exhibited at the exhibition for the Dutch Doc Award 2011 Nominees in Centraal Museum Studio / Catharijneconvent, Utrecht. Opening 20 may.

NOMINATED FOR DUTCH DOC AWARD 2011 | 21 apr 2011
____ and Willem is nominated for the Dutch Doc Award 2011, as one of the six best documentary projects of 2010 in the Netherlands.

YOUR WEEKLY ADDRESS TO FOTOMUSEUM WINTERTHUR | may 2011
Your weekly address (NOV 15 2008 - JUN 26 2010) is acquired by Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.

THEMA AVOND GKF - VAN JE FAMILIE MOET JE HET HEBBEN | 12 may 2011
For the GKF Theme night I will be interviewed together with Ringel Goslinga by Andrea van Pol in Foam Amsterdam.

LONG LIST DUTCH DOC AWARD | 12 apr 2011
____ and Willem is on the longlist for the Dutch Doc Award 2011.

BRONZE MEDAL | 25 feb 2011
____ and Willem is awarded with a bronze medal as Best Book Design From All Over The World / Schönste Bücher Aus Aller Welt 2010, Stiftung Buchkunst, Leipzig.

LECTURE AT IDFX | 20 feb 2011
Lecture for Spiegelhol at IDFX, Breda.

BEST VERZORGDE BOEK | 18 feb 2011
____ and Willem is selected for The Best Dutch Book Designs 2010: De Best Verzorgde Boeken 2010.

STARTSTIPENDIUM | feb 2011
I received a Starterstipend from Fonds BKVB (Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture).

SPECIAL MENTION | 31 jan 2011
I received a special recommendation by the experts at Plat(t)form11 in Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.



2010




PLAT(T)FORM11 | 28-30 jan 2010
I will present my work to the public and a selected team of experts at the international portfolio viewing for young emerging European photographers: Plat(t)form 11 in Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.

TEACHER MINOR PHOTOGRAPHY | jan-mar 2011
Teacher minor photography: Minor Photographic image and the internet, AKV|St.Joost, Breda

LECTURE AT ST.JOOST | 12 jan 2010
Lecture about the collaboration at New York Photo Festival together with Petra Stavast, Wytske van Keulen, Daan Paans, Featuring Amsterdam and Marga Rotteveel at AKV|St.Joost, Breda

BEST OF 2010 | 31 dec 2010
The portrait from Election heads is selected as one of the best 100 images of the year 2010 according to NRC Handelsblad.

FOAM MAGAZINE #25 / TRACES | 16 dec 2011
____ and Willem is feautured as one of the portfolios in Foam Magazine #25/Traces with a text by Joerg Colberg.

FOTOBOEKENMARATHON | 12 dec 2010
I will be interviewed together with my designer Robin Uleman at Huis Marseille Amsterdam during the Fotoboekenmarathon 2010 about the design of ____ and Willem.

OFFPRINT PARIS | 18 nov 2010
I will be at Offprint Paris so if you want a signed issue of my book and/or want to have a good time, be there!

LECTURE AT MATRIX CITY | 9 nov 2010
Lecture on the use of digital images in urban society at Matrix City in Filmhuis Concordia Enschede for Impakt Utrecht and Studium Generale ArtEZ.

LECTURE AT KABK | 8 nov 2010
Lecture on how to implement research in your work to the department of photography at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.

GUEST TEACHER | 28 oct 2010
Guest teacher photography to graphic design students at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.

YIPART PHOTO AUCTION | 24 oct 2010
The annual photo auction of Youth in Prison, in which 100 top photographers donate their work to be auctioned off at Christies Amsterdam. I participated by donating a print of Baby Suits P and W from ____ and Willem. The works can be seen at the exhibition at Christies Amsterdam from oct 15 - 23.

LECTURE AT IMPAKT FESTIVAL | 17 oct 2010
Lecture on ____ and Willem and Showroom Girls at Panorama Event Nights of Impakt Festival, Utrecht.

ANOTHER STREETVIEW | 16 sep - 24 oct 2010
The new work Faces for fashion can be seen on your smartphone while walking the Another Streetview in Breda during Breda Photo.

POST DORDT 2010 | 28 aug - 25 sept 2010
Post Dordt 2010, an exhibition with works by recently graduated Masters of Fine Arts which includes the work (and book) ____ and Willem in Dordrecht Centre for Contemporary Art.

NABEELDEN | 5 sept 2010
Opening of Nabeelden, which includes a spoken text by me called Een halve halfzus, in the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam.

CANCELLED TRIP | 19 jul 2010
The planned trip to Berkeley USA for half a year is cancelled - I will stay in the netherlands.

MASTERS 2010 | 10 jul - 5 sept 2010
Masters Graduation Show 2010, Breda Museum. With the works Rejected identities, Your Weekly Address (nov 15 2008 - jun 26 2010), Showroom, Visual proof of my existence, This is me and this is me, Mr. & Mrs. Happylife and Showroom girls.

GRADUATED | 10 jul 2010
Graduated at the Master of Photography.

INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE: GATE 10 | 12 jun - 11 jul 2010
Visual proof of my existence is exhibited at International Departure: Gate 10, Fondazione Fotografia, Modena Italy

BOOKPRESENTATION | 10 jun 2010
Presentation of the book ____ and Willem. Documentation of a youth in Flatland Gallery, Utrecht.

ELECTION DAY | 9 jun 2010
One of the images from Election heads is featured on the cover and in the main article of the Dutch newspaper NRC Next.

DUTCH DOC FILM | 19 may 2010
A short documentary film about my work for DutchDoc Films made by Mirelle Thijsen/IPhoR and Eefje Blankevoort/Pospektor.

NEW YORK PHOTO FESTIVAL | 12 - 16 may 2010
____ and Willem is exhibited at New York Foto Festival.

DUTCH DOC AWARD | 10 may 2010
Rejected identities is nominated for the Dutch Doc Award 2010 - category innovation and experiment.

REJECTED IDENTITIES TO NEDERLANDS FOTOMUSEUM | apr 2010
Rejected identities is acquired by the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam.

BITE!MAGAZINE | 4 mar 2010
Visual proof of my existence is exhibited online at Bite! Magazine.

INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL ARTS | 2 feb - 25 apr 2010
Rejected identities is exhibited at the 7th International Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts in Liege, Belgium.