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

Thomas Kuijpers (b. 1985, the Netherlands) sees the world as something fluid,

manipulated, constructed. Rather than adhering to the idea that it can be

experienced objectively, his work reveals the world’s slippery nature and the forces

that perpetually shape it — newspapers, television, the internet, politics, adverts,

social media, technology, products and more. For Kuijpers, the world is always

perceived through or influenced by something. Truth is dependent on who, what,

where, when and how, and we are never impartial.

 

Kuijpers’ investigative works start with his daily experience of current events,

happenings that rapidly become a kaleidoscope of diverse, overlapping, conflicting

perspectives — including his own. Each event is copied and pasted indefinitely

through an endless media landscape, and it is these copies — images, articles,

conversations, videos, memorabilia, quotes — that Kuijpers habitually collects over

years, forming archives of competing realities.

 

Acting as artist, editor, anthropologist and collector simultaneously, he scrutinises

and rearranges his archives until the structures of our media-saturated world are

uncovered. Kuijpers then assembles his findings into new constellations, often taking

the form of experimental, multimedia installations, inviting us to be aware of the

illusions and rhetoric that mould our everyday lives. Ironically, it is only through

Kuijpers’ obsession with the minute parts of the world that we see just how fragile it

is as a whole.

 

Thomas Kuijpers completed his MFA Photography in 2011 at AKV St. Joost (Breda,

the Netherlands) and has been exhibited at institutions, fairs and galleries

internationally including: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Foam, Amsterdam; Krakow

Photo Month, Krakow; Fotopub Festival, Novo Mesto; Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall,

London; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Red Hook Labs, New York City and

MASP, São Paulo amongst others. In 2017, he was nominated as a Foam Talent

and his latest book, Hoarder Order (Fw: Books, 2020) was shortlisted for the Paris

Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2020.