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born 1984 in Heerlen, The Netherlands
living and working in Amsterdam


Dagmar van Wersch is a photographer without a camera. She uses existing imagery to focus and reflect on different aspects of our being. Her quiet stories are concerned with human nature, the human behaviour, interactions and experiences. They are about life.

Her way of working is intuitive and explorative. The images from her analogue archive (found holiday slides, pictures from old books), or from existing archives (such as a library or Google Street view) are selected and assembled in collages and image groups. Their original meaning and appearance changes by the arrangement, the process and the presentation.

Aside to her autonomous work, Dagmar loves to work with children. She undertakes projects, such as interactive installations or workshops, in which she invites children to play and discover. With these projects she aims to contribute to their wellbeing and their creative and personal development. Dagmar also takes care of images and promotional images for theatre makers, musicians and cultural institutions.

Caroline von Courten wrote a nice text about one of the 'images' from the series Blind field (in progress), presented on Foams blog Spotlight.

Read a little more about my fascination for found images in this atricle by Beelddragers on the SSBA-Salon website.


2007-2011 BFA Photography, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
2009-2010 honoursprogramm Art and Research, Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Universiteit van Amsterdam
2003-2007 BA History of Modern Art and Culture, Universiteit Utrecht
2006 Photography and Theatre, Deakin University Melbourne, Australia

2017 Collectivism, Foam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2016 Luisterinstallaties, de Brakke Grond, Museum Night Amsterdam (NL)
2016 Luisterinstallaties, Oorzaken Festival, de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL)
2016 Open Broedplaatsendag, broedplaats Acta, Amsterdam (NL)
2016 Post Super Dutch, Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
2016 KIMP, Mariapaviljoen, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
2016 UNTER DEM BAUM; in honor of Frido Troost, de Vishal, Haarlem (NL)
2015 IDFA Doc Lab, de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2015 when waves move the buoy, Allard Pierson Museum, Museum Night Amsterdam, The Neteherlands
2015 Beelddragers X10, Volkshotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2014 Survival of the Fittest, Mariapaviljoen, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
2014 De Fotokopie, galerie de Schans, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2013 And so you grow, Krakeling, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2013 And so you grow, Corrosia, Almere, The Netherlands
2013 hard//hoofd, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 KUNSTVLAAI, Polly’s showroom, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 f/stop Festival, Das Gute Alte und die Fotografie, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany
2012 From: In case I won't see you again, Rice-UP kiosk, Ubahn Station Schönleinstrasse, Berlin, Germany
2012 Bild, Goethe-Instituut, Museum Night Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2011 Rietveld Graduation Show, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2011 Teenage Magazines, Foam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010 TWO DISCIPLINES, ONE CUP experiments in art and research, Basisburo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010 Fotofolgen, HFBK, Hamburg, Germany