Karin van de Wiel works as a photographer & journalist. The work revolves around people in relation to place. In the absence of bodies, the implied human presence questions the notion of otherness and belonging.

“I have a fascination for areas or places that are not living up to their expectations. No longer a marker of wealth or succes, this ‘failure’ is open for queer signification. 

Queer can be understood as anything that disrupts normative powers. Race, class, and gender play a defining role the relations people have to dominant structures. I consider queer a construct inclusive of all those who stand on the outside of the norms of dominant society.

I feel it is important to think about and making images with ideas of queerness. Queer photography offers a method for imagining existing alternatives to hegemonic systems. How can we create space in opposition to dominant and normalizing powers?”


SOLO EXPO: Rondje Sloterplas
Opening 6 November 2021 during Museumnacht Amsterdam (NL)
New Metropolis Nieuw-West. Dates: 6 Nov ‘21 - 21 Feb ‘22 OBA Slotermeer, Amsterdam. Dates: 22 Feb ‘22 - May ‘22

SCHOLARSHIP: Fotofilmic; Summer 2021 
Residency: the little house. Creative Retreat in Groningen (NL). July 2021.
PUBLICATION: 'Zine Therapy' by Zoopark & The Poohs. Project: Impact Assessment: Dams. Publication date: 2021
PUBLICATION: 'United'  by WorkShowGrow. Project: Impact Assessment: Dams. Publication date: 2021
PRIZE: GUP New Dutch Photography Talent 2019
PUBLICATION: New Photography 2019. Publication date: 2019
PRIZE: Short List Fotogram amsterdam Prize. Project: Neighbour Tom is not coming home anymore. 2017
EXPO: Naarden Foto Festival (NLD)​​​​​​​. Project: 'Brussels Bombings'. 2016 
PRIZE: First prize Fotogram PriZe Amsterdam Project: 'Brussels Bombings'. 2016
Amsterdam New West / Amsterdam Nieuw-West

A few years ago I moved to a new area in Amsterdam: New West. Since that moment I have been making most of my work here. This process has intensified during the pandemic.

I look closely at the identity of this part of town and observe what changes. Recently this resulted in the exhibition 'Rondje Sloterplas' in New Metropolis Nieuw-West. It consist mostly of portraits of people visiting the iconic artificial lake Sloterplas. Next to this, I included also two images of the series 'Presence in the Absence'. 


Rubén Dario Kleimeer: Urban landscape & architecture photography 
- Fotoacademie Amsterdam (NL). 2021
Paul D'Amato: Stranger Meditations - Virtual Workshop FotoFilmic, Vancouver / Bowen Island (CA). 2021
The Intimate Portrait by Jess T. Dugan; Fine Arts Work Center - Virtual Workshop, Provincetown (USA). 2021
Queer Photography by Ace Lehner; International Centre Photography (ICP) - Virtual Course, New York (USA). 2021
Work Show Grow. Online School; UK +  worldwide community. 2020 - 2021
Location & Landscape Photography by Jaap Bijsterbosch; Fotoacademie Amsterdam (NL). 2019
Documentary Photography by Herman Wouters; Fotoacademie Amsterdam (NL). 2019
Fotoacademy Amsterdam (NLD). 2016 - 2019 
Architecture + Photography by Jade Doskow; School of Visual Arts, New York (USA). 2014.
Location & Event Photography by Joe Sinnott; School of Visual Arts, New York (USA). 2014.
Modern Ruins by Jade Doskow; School of Visual Arts, New York (USA). 2014.
Photography II; Fotogram, Amsterdam (NLD). 2008
Photography I; Fotogram, Amsterdam (NLD). 2008
Post grad Journalism; Erasmus University Rotterdam (NLD). 2004
MA, Theatre, film & scenography; University of Kent, Canterbury (UK). 1999-2000
MA, Theatre, film and television studies; University of Utrecht (NLD). 1997-2002

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