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.