Annabel Hesselink (Doetinchem/NL, 1987)

Lives and works around the world


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NL +31 (0)6 45482633

DE +49 152 13387058

ES + 34 722 764924


Education MA Photography, AKV St. Joost Academy, Breda (2013), BA Photography, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (2010), internship Gert Jan Kocken (2009), Minor Cultural Philosophy, Leiden University (2008)


Exhibitions/Screenings YEARZERO, Kukk Verein, Zurich, CH (2015); Parallaxe 7, Memphis, Linz, AT (2015); Were The Moon All Mine, JCMJ Gallery, Toronto, CA (solo) (2015); Scissor #3, Nachbarschaftsgalerie, Berlin, DE (2015); Rosetta Stone, Paleis van Mieris, Amsterdam, NL (2015); Homens na Lua, Accociacao Cultural Casa da Horta, Porto, PT (screening) (2014); Soft Industry, De Liceiras 18, Porto, PT (2014); Towards a New Moon, Centrum, Berlin, DE (solo) (2014); Moon, Medialab Prado, Madrid/ES (screening) (2014); Landscape Film Festival, Freiluftkino Pompeji, Berlin, DE (screening) (2014); Plat(t)form 2014, Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH (presentation) (2014) Digging Till The Sun Goes Down, Melkweg Gallery, Amsterdam, NL (2013); Next Years Candidates, LhGWR, The Hague, NL (screening) (2012); Freshly Squeezed, Royal Academy, The Hague, NL (2010); Parasites, The Dutch National Theatre, The Hague, NL (solo) (2009); After Image, Royal Academy Gallery, The Hague, NL (2007)



Autonomes Kunstschiff Eleonore, Linz, AT

De Liceiras 18, Porto, PT

Trasformatorio #1, Sicily, IT


Artist statement The start of my work and my aspiration is intensely curious wonder. My long-term, research based projects can lead to photography, film or a combined installation.

In my work I explore the constant exchange between knowledge and imagination. The main question in this exploration is: what kind of knowledge/imagination confirms existing conventions and what kind of knowledge/imagination opens up new horizons?


I'm interested in the mechanism of collective memory and imagination. I investigate and question collective imagination and the (political) influences that shaped these images. In this research I look for moments of wonder that give space to the unexpected. It is a constant duality in my work: between the rational, the desire to know and the indefinable; between deconstructing imagination while trying to depict and enchant.