Willem Popelier
Works with Photography


Coronastillevens tijdens coronaquarantaine.
/ Corona Still Lifes during Corona lockdown.

We vragen aan kinderen welk speelgoed voor hun het belangrijkst is tijdens de coronaquarataine. Hiervan maken wij Coronastillevens.
/ During Corona lockdown, we ask kids what toys matter most to them, to create Corona still lifes. (For the moment info in Dutch only).

Ephemeral Photographs on show at Pennings Foundation

Due to the worldwide Corona Pandemic, the exhibition (both online and in Pennings Foundation) is closed and on hold. There are still 6 more photos waiting to be exhibited for 24 hours. After that, a grand finnisage will take place during which all pictures will again be visible for only a few minutes. The show will be continued as soon as circumstances allow.

The new project Ephemeral Photographs is on show at Pennings Foundation, Eindhoven, NL. The project investigates photography as a volatile medium, to question the value we assign to photos that we share with each other every day online.
Ephemeral Photographs is a multi-layered and dynamic project in which online and offline are intertwined. During five weeks of the exhibition, each day a different image can be seen in the foundation and online on my Instagram and Facebook.

Opening: Saturday, February 15, from 17:00 to 19:00, with a talk by Flor Linckens / Galeriereporter. On show from February 15 to March 21, 2020. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 12:00 to 17:00.

Rejected Identities in VU Amsterdam art collection

Rejected Identities is acquired by VU Amsterdam for their art collection.

News Archive


Ephemeral Photographs

Paris Error

Your Weekly President

The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide

En Vogue

Inside Obama's Compound

Obscured Classified Document (Situation Room)

The Osama Papers

Showroom Girls


This Is Me & This Is Me

Visual Proof Of My Existence

███ and Willem. Documentation of a Youth

Rejected Identities

Commissioned Work (selection)



Willem Popelier is an artist working with photography, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. His focus is on the mechanisms and politics of representation. He researches the generally accepted ways in which photos are used, and how identity is represented and perceived through photography. Thus his focus is mostly on popular culture, the ubiquitous image and its effects on society.

His work is exhibited worldwide, published in magazines such as C Photo and Foam Magazine, awarded with several prizes including a C/O Berlin Talent, a Bronze Medal for Best Book Design from all over the World, and nominated for the ICP Infinity Award and the Prix Pictet, among others.

He is tutor in photography and critical studies at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and regularly gives lectures and workshops addressing the ubiquitous image, selfies, the role and implementation of artistic research, and more.


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Further information

Curriculum Vitae
Artist statement
A selection of essays and interviews

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