Awoiska van der Molen (1972) is a Dutch artist photographer.
She is known for her monumental black and white analogue images that represent her experience of the primordial and psychological space in the world she photographs.

In 2019 Van der Molen was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability.
In 2017 her work was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and was she the recipient of the Larry Sultan Photography Award 2017. Van der Molen was awarded the Japanese Hariban Award in 2014 and was finalist at the Hyères Festival International de Mode et de Photographie in France in 2011. Her first monograph ‘Sequester’ was nominated for the Paris Photo / Aperture First Book Prize in 2014 and it received Silver Medal for ‘Best Books from all over the World’ in Leipzig, Germany.
Van der Molen studied Architecture & Design followed by photography at Minerva Art Academy Groningen and Hunter City University in New York. In 2003 she completed her MFA in Photography at the St. Joost Academy in Breda, Netherlands.

Van der Molens' work was has been on show ao at Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam; Huis Marseille, Amsterdam; Kousei-Inn, Kyoto; Les Rencontres d’Arles, France; Pier24 Photography, San Francisco; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; FoMu, Antwerp; and Fotomuseum, Den Haag.





2001-2003 MFA in Photography Post St. Joost Breda, NL
1999-2000 Hunter City University NY Department of Art, New York, US
1998-2001 Minerva Art Academy Photography, Groningen, NL
1994-1997 Minerva Art Academy Architecture & Design, Groningen, NL

Solo Exhibitions


2024 upcoming
Huis Marseille Museum for Photography New works, Amsterdam (June-Oct)
Ensemble Kontraste 'Piano and string Quartet', by Morten Feldman †, Visuals AvdM, Nürnberg, GE (Febr)

Unseen Photo Fair The Prelude, Glasswork series
The Living Mountain Visual installation. Concert icw Composer Thomas Larcher, Ensemble Kontraste. Nürnberg, GE

Royal Concerthall  'The Living Mountain' Visual installation. Concert icw Composer: Thomas Larcher, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Amsterdam
Simone Klein Kunstraum 'Nature works', Cologne,DL
Marsell Paradise ‘Spontaneum’
Elbphilharmonie 'The Living Mountain' Visual installation. Concert icw Composer: Thomas Larcher, Münchener Kammerorchester, Hamburg

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ  'Odysseus'  icw Composer Laureate Calliope Tsoupaki. Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Amsterdam
Tivoli Vredenburg 'Odysseus'  icw Composer Laureate Calliope Tsoupaki, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Utrecht
De Doelen 'Odysseus'  icw Composer Laureate Calliope Tsoupaki, Asko Schönberg Ensemble, Amsterdam
Burgerweeshuis Kunstcollectie The Great Unconformity / (Un)earth
Noorderlicht Photography (Un)earth, duo with Bart Lunenburg


Museum Kranenburgh Tempus. Bergen, NL
Annet Gelink Gallery Am schwarzen Himmelsrund. Amsterdam

Casemore Kirkeby Gallery Status. San Francisco, US

FOAM Fotografie Museum Blanco, Amsterdam
Unseen Photo Fair  Amsterdam
Kristof De Clercq Gallery Ghent, BE
Purdy Hicks Gallery London, UK

Unseen Photo Fair Kristof De Clercq gallery. Amsterdam
Kousei-In Sequester in Collotypes. Kyoto, JAP

2006 - 2014
Wetering Galerie Amsterdam
Cultuurcentrum Hasselt BE
Alt. +1000 High Altitude, curator nathalie Herschdorfer, Rossiniere, CH
FOAM 3h Maintained Ground, Amsterdam
Natuur Museum Groningen Portretten: jongeren aan het einde van de wereld. Groningen, NL

Group Exhibitions

Musei Civici Luigi Ghirri. Zone di passaggio, Rggio Emilia, IT (Apr-Mar 2025)
Musea Brugge Rebel Garden, Brugge, BE (Apr-Sept)
Museum de Fundatie Noordelijk Licht, Zwolle, NL ( June-Sept)
Musée des Beaux-Arts Mulhouse Biennale Mulhouse, FR (Sept-Okt)

Pier 24 Photography Looking Forward, San Francisco, US

San Telmo Museum 3X4=ORAIN, San Sebastian, ES
Cortona on the Move / Al'Ula, Cortona, IT
CODA Museum Inside the Outside, Apeldoorn, NL
Valetta Contemporary Those eyes - these eyes - they fade, Malta
Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie 'The Living Mountain' Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, GE

Into Nature Glassworks, Art Biennale Bargerveen, Drenthe, NL
Shanghai Centre of Photography Prix Pictet Award, Shanghai
Fondazione Sozzani Prix Pictet Award, Milan, IT

Le lieu unique On Earth, Nantes, FR
Project space on the inside In Search of the Miraculous, Amsterdam
EPFL ArtLab Prix Pictet Award, Lausanne, CH
Annet Gelink Gallery New Reproductions, Amsterdam
De Pont Pictures from Another Wall, Tilburg, NL
FOAM On Earth, Amsterdam
Mouravieff-Apostol Museum Prix Pictet Award, Moscow
Luma Westbau Prix Pictet Award, Zurich, CH

Hillside Forum Prix Pictet Award, Tokyo, JP
Victoria & Albert Museum Prix Pictet Award, London, UK
Fotomuseum Den Haag La Soupe de Daguerre, Den Haag, NL
Pier 24 Photography Looking Back, San Francisco, US
Les Rencontre d' Arles On Earth, Atelier des Forges, Arles, FR
Out of Sight Two man standing. Part 2, Antwerp, BE

FOAM Works from the Foam Collection, Amsterdam, NL
Huize Fraenkendael The Image of a Private Collection, Amsterdam, NL
Victoria & Albert Museum Into the Woods: Trees in Photography, London, UK

Aperture Foundation Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, New York, US
Museum für Moderne Kunst Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Frankfurt, DE
The Photographers Gallery Deutsche Börse Photography Prize,  London, UK
Garage Rotterdam How to disappear completely, Rotterdam, NL
Pier 24 Photography The Grain of the Present, San Francisco, US

The Hague Museum of Photography Nacht ontwaakt, Den Haag, NL
Kranenburgh Museum Black. curator mariete Dolle, From charcoal to high-res, Bergen, NL
The Library Project Phototropism, Dublin, IE
Dubai Photo Exhibition curator Els Barents, Dubai, UAE
Stedelijk Museum Addition, schenking Piet & Marieke Sanders, Amsterdam, NL

FoMu Antwerpen My Flat Land: on photography and landscape, curator Joachim Naudts, Antwerp, BE
Stedelijk Museum The Best Dutch Book Designs 2014, Amsterdam, NL
Espace Vessy, Glaciers en péril & Alt.+1000, Vessey, CH

Musee des-Beaux-Arts L’Art, c'est le livre, Le Locle, CH
GEM Museum of Contemporary Art Fotoverhalen, Den Haag, NL
Kristof de Clercq Gallery Ghent, BE
Stedelijk Museum De Best Verzorgde Boeken, Amsterdam, NL

Huis Marseille The Rediscovery of the World, curator Els Barents, Nanda vd Berg, Amsterdam, NL
Museum Kranenburgh Wonder, Bergen, NL
Wetering Galerie The last Picture Show, Amsterdam, NL

Noorderlicht 'Pays/Paysage Land/Landscape Pays/Paysage (duo w. Rob Nypels), Groningen, NL

Foam Amsterdam Pop in, Amsterdam, NL
Wetering Gallery (duo w. Wijnanda De Roo), Amsterdam, NL

DZ Bank Frankfurt A Touch of Dutch, curator Els Barents, Frankfurt, DE
Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam Quickscan #01, curator Frits Gierstberg, Rotterdam, NL
Central Museum Utrecht In your Face, icw Fonds BKVB  Utrecht, NL
25th Nadežda Petroviæ Memorial Possibilities of Choice, Ĉaĉak, SRB

GEM Museum of Contemporary Art curator W. van Sinderen, Still lives, Den Haag, NL
Gallery Lacen I spy with my little eye, Paris, FR

Museum de Fundatie Isala Klinieken, Zwolle, NL
Wetering Galerie Drawings and photographs, Amsterdam, NL
Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles Dutch selection Nuit d' Europe, Arles, FR
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Descubrimientos PHE, Madrid, ES
TENT. Rotterdam La Luna Piena,  curator Mariette Dolle, Rotterdam, NL

CBK Rotterdam Macht van de Nacht, Rotterdam, NL
Loods 6 De Bagagehal, De Salon, Amsterdam, NL
Historic Museum Rotterdam Inspiratie Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
Resy Muijsers Contemporary Art Gallery Tilburg, NL

GEM - Museum of Cont. Art Met Stip, icm Fonds BKVB, Den Haag, NL

Fotomuseum Den Haag De Donkere Camera ( w Dirk Braeckman, Michael Ackerman), Den Haag, NL
Amsterdam Art Fair 12 portretten voor de Haagse Schouwburg, Amsterdam, NL

Photofestival Naarden Civilians in Uniform, Naarden, NL
B92-REX Civilians in Uniform, Belgrade, SRB

Noorderlicht Fotomanifestatie satellite program, Groningen, NL
Bertha - Karl Leubsdorf Gallery Think one way, New York, US


Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography, Amsterdam
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Pier24 Photography, San Francisco
Kranenburgh Museum, Bergen, NL
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Fotocollectie Universiteit Leiden
FOAM, Amsterdam
The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco
Museum for Photography, Seoul
De Brauw Collection, Amsterdam
Neuflize Vie ABN AMRO, Paris
Collectie min van Buitenlandse Zaken
Isala Kunst Collectie, Zwolle
ING Collection, Amsterdam
Rabo Kunstcollectie
and various private collectors

Lectures & Artist Visits

Charcoal Chico Review speaker. Montana US, 2024
Ecole Supérieure CEPV Visiting lecturer, workshop. Vevey CH 2023
Benrido Hariban Award, Jury. Kyoto 2023
Cortona on the Move Artists talk, Cortona IT, 2022
The Mondriaan Fund Advisory committee. Amsterdam 2020 + 2021
Ecole Supérieure CEPV Visiting lecturer, workshop.Vevey CH 2021
Victoria & Albert Museum Prix Pictet Artists in Conversation. London 2019
Ecole Supérieure CEPV Visiting lecturer + workshop. Vevey CH 2019
Skinnerboox Book Award Jury, Jesi IT 2019
Hartfort NY photography MFA Visiting lecturer. Berlin 2019
Gerrit Rietveld Academie Visiting lecturer. Amsterdam 2018
Museo San Telmo Lecture and Workshop. San Sebastian ES, 2018
Ecole Supérieure CEPV Visiting lecturer + workshop, Vevey CH 2018
California College o/t Arts Lecture: Larry Sultan Visiting Program. San Francisco 2017
De Donkere Kamer Artist talk, Brugge, Belgium 2017
Fotodok In conversation with Rob Hornstra. Utrecht 2017
The Photographers' Gallery in conversation with Anna Dannemann. London 2017
Ecole Supérieure CEPV Visiting lecturer / workshop, Vevey CH 2017
Centraal Museum Artist Talk on Cragie Horsfield, Utrecht, NL 2017
Hartfort NY photography MFA Visiting lecturer, Berlin 2016
AKI School of Arts External examiner, Eindhoven, NL 2016
Photobook Melbourne Gallery Artist talk, Melbourne 2016
FOAM Amsterdam Lecture ‘Sensing the Landscape’ 2016
De Donkere Kamer Artist talk, Antwerp 2016
UNSEEN Photo fair ‘Premiere Talk’ with Kim Knoppers, Amsterdam 2015
Minerva Art Academy Visiting lecturer, Groningen 2015
De Donkere Kamer Artist talk, Rotterdam 2013


C4Journal ‘Those eyes – these eyes – they fade’, by Alexander Mourant, July 2022
Urbanautica 'Awoiska van der Molen. Into Nature, by Steve Bisson, July 2022
Metropolis M 'Photographing nature – ‘Inside the Outside’ – Art and ecology Sep 2022
FOAM Magazine, ‘In conversation, Awoiska vd Molen with Eugenie Shinkle' 2021
NRC 'Je moet wennen aan Tsoupaki’s ‘Odysseus' (Dutch) Nov 2021
Het Parool 'De zak tegenwind van Odysseus als metafoor voor de klimaatcrisis (Dutch) Nov 2021
De Volkskrant 'Bij Into Nature smelten de kunstwerken...' (Dutch) Aug 2021
NRC 'Je kijkt anders als natuur en kunst...' (Dutch) Aug 2021
De lage landen 'Being and existing (...)' S. Vankersschaever Feb 2021
De Standaard 'Absolute Stilte' S. Vanthuyne (Dutch) Dec 2020
Collector Daily 'Awoiska van der Molen, The Living Mountain' L. Knoblauch Aug 2020
Conscientious 'The Living Mountain' J. Colberg Aug 2020
De Gids, 'Zwart' H.M. van den Brink (Dutch) Dec 2020
Photobookstore.uk 'The Living Mountain' R. Orrantia June 2020
Conscientious 'The print, the book, the screen' J. Colberg June 2020
Punctum Magazine 'The Living Mountain' M. Hammer June 2020
Trouw 'Beeldboek' C.Baart June 2020
De Witte Raaf 'De volledige blikk', Essay A. Mulder (Dutch) Nov 2019
The Guardian 'Prix Pictet 2019 shortlist, photo essay' 5.7.2019
See All This 'De wereld als je studio'  2019 (Dutch)
NRC ’Plekken die de zintuigen niet bevuilen’ Tracy Metz (Dutch) 1.2.2019
Het Parool 'Ik ben op zoek naar een oerstaat' Kees Keijer  (Dutch)7.3.2019
Unseen Platform 'A day with Awoiska van der Molen' 2019
NY Times Magazine  'The Voyages Issue' Sept 2018
Hyperallergic 'Photographers Among the Trees, at Victoria & Albert Museum' 2018
Nothern California art Awoiska van der Molen at Casemore Kirkeby, 2018
Frankfurter Rundschau 'Die Dunkelheit und manchmal das Leuchten' June 2017
The Guardian Sean O' Hagan: 'The top 10 photography exhibitions of 2017' Dec 2017
De Morgen Ewoud Ceulemans: 'Mijn stemming maakt het werk' June 2017
De Volkskrant 'Lixenberg en van der Molen genomineerd' Merel Bem March 2017
The Guardian Sean O' Hagan: '...the Deutsche Börse photography prize' March 2017 
De Standaard ‘Oorverdovend stille landschappen' Stefan Vanthuyne June 2016
Photomonitor Review of exhibition at Purdy Hicks Gallery, Ollie Gapper March 2016
H ART ‘De intensiteit en stilte van plekken in foto’s vervat’ Sofie Crabbe June 2016 
See All This '10 hoogtepunten van Awoiska uit 2016 jaar' No.3 2016
Documentum The Instagram Series, Fall Line Press 2016  
Financial Times 'Snapshot': Blanco by Awoiska van der Molen. Jan 2016  
The Independent Magazine 'In the Frame' 5.3.2016
Het Parool ’Geraakt door de geest van het landschap’ J.P. Ekker 19.3.2016  
De Volkskrant ‘Donker en zwart, zwart en donker’ Jeanne Prisser 16.2.2016  
NRC 'In Nederland zijn teveel prikkels' Daan van Lent 2016  
Unseen Magazine, Sean O’Hagan: ‘What is photography?’ 2015  
NRC ‘De verschrikking van de natuur’ Rianne v Dijck 13.8.2015
Conscientious 'Sequester' Jörg Colberg 2014
The Guardian, Sean O’Hagan: 'Bewitched by blackness...’ 2014
Photobookstore Magazine, Rodrigo Orrantia 'Sequester' 2014
The Great Leap Sideways, 'Phosphorescence' Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa 2014
De Witte Raaf, E.J. van Alphen: 'Time saturation..' Essay 2014
Dagblad Trouw 'Verzinken in de natuur' J. de Wolf. 07.01.2014
Scrapped Magazine Fine art magazine, NY 2013 
Dagblad vh Noorden 'De overweldigende kracht van het landschap', I. Pietersma 2012  
'5' . 5 different artists - by Studio Pure Beograd 2011
P/f magazine Portfolio #3 Edie Peters 2010  

Land. Photographs that make you think, Henry Carroll, USA 2022
The Photograph That Changed My Life, Zelda Cheatle, UK 2021
Confinement Prix Pictet, London, UK 2020
Hope' Award catalogue Prix Pictet, UK 2019 (catalogue)
50 kunstwerken om langer...De Kunstmeisjes. NL 2019
Photographers Looking at Photographs - Pilara Foundation Collection'. Pier24, San Francisco 2020
Into the Woods: Trees in Photography Victoria & Albert Museum, UK 2019 (catalogue)
Failed Images: Photography and its Counter-Practices  E.J. van Alphen, NL 2019
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize London, UK 2017 (catalogue)
The Grain of the Present Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco 2017 (catalogue)
Object Onder / Object Below Sanders Collection, Pieter & Marieke Sanders, NL 2015 (catalogue)
Hariban Award 2014 Collotype printed catalogue, Kyoto 2014
The Marseillaise Fotomuseum Huis Marseille 2014 (catalogue)
Fotoverhalen Fotomusem Den Haag 2014 (catalogue)
Alt+1000 High Altitude by Nathalie Herschdorfer CH 2011 (catalogue)
Hyeres 26th International Festival Photography Raphaelle Stopin 2011 (catalogue)
Quickscan #01 Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Frits Gierstberg 2010 (catalogue)
De laatste fotograaf? AKV/St. Joost, Breda 2009 (catalogue)


Short film-column initiated by Joep de Boer
Camera: Joep de Boer
Sound: Tom Polkamp
Noordrijn-Westfalen, Germany 2015


In 2014 Awoiska van der Molen was the first recipient of the Japanese Hariban Award and was invited to Kyoto. Here she collaborated with master craftsmen of the Benrido Collotype Atelier to produce collotype prints of eight of her works. The result was exhibited in a former samurai residence: Kousei-in. One set of 8 collotype prints has been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.






Foam Fotomuseum visits Awoiska van der Molen at her studio while she is preparing for the solo exhibition 'Blanco' in January 2016 ( Dutch spoken).