THIS IS THOMAS

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Thomas Kuijpers (b. 1985) is a visual artist whose work explores the role of contemporary medianarratives within our perception of the actual world.

He tries to rethink the way representations of current happenings are communicated to us. The observable friction between this conveyed version of reality and the place it occupies in daily life is the most important starting point.

In order to take a stand in these matters, Kuijpers often follows events or phenomena over a prolonged period of time. The gathering and mapping of events that are interesting to him form a daily routine. The point of departure for work often is a personal event, in which Kuijpers feels this media reality touches his contemporary 'offline' reality.

Through a range of different experiments that mostly still contain direct visual references to the collected narrative, a visual paradigm is build around the subject, creating a platform to discuss these contemporary situations.

The approach is different each time, but always critical, challenging the viewer to review in which way the media-realities have merged with our daily lives.

In 2017 Kuijpers was selected as Foam Talent and was nominated for several awards. In 2018 he was awarded the 2nd prize at the Somfy Photography Award, and was granted the Unseen Grolsch Residency. In recent years he presented his work in venues like Red Hook Labs (New York City), Casa Laurinda (Rio de Janeiro), Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall (London), Bielle Festival of Photography, Lishui Photography Festival and Krakow Photomonth Festival. He also exhibited his work in renowned places like Museum Arnhem, Frankfurter Kunstverein, MASP (São Paulo), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and Foam Photography Museum (Amsterdam). Kuijpers’ work is part of the collection of Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Foam (Amsterdam), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several private collectors. Currently living and working in Aarle-Rixtel (NL) and Ghent (BE).