Joris van der Ploeg

Joris van der Ploeg (1989)
Lives and works in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Joris van der Ploeg (1989) launches a new series of work at his new solo exhibition “Transcendence”. Again the young female is the central theme, which makes the work characteristic for him as an artist. He transforms the “usual” portrait into something new: a version where the human fades and transcends.

‘I only photograph young females because I find them absolutely mysterious and pure.’ Van der Ploeg is looking for the most natural form of the model, which is the starting point in his work. He emphasizes this aspect, enlarges it and shifts it to a higher level where the models emerge above themselves. It has been a very conscious choice to deprive the image of all context so that all attention would be on the model. There is no use of make-up and the postures are not staged, which leads to classical and natural compositions. By getting rid of all possible elements of meaningful context the model remains in her purest and most natural shape. He extracts the essence, which he enlarges and uses to amplify the mystique around the model. The use of analogue photography and his own technique enhances this: the duplication in the image works in an alienating way and creates an intangible feeling.

“Future Heroes” are all young girls who are not yet in high school. They are in that fragile phase between being a child and hitting puberty: the phase where society has not yet influenced them. They are getting more and more conscious about the world surrounding them and about themselves. Van der Ploeg is fascinated about the intangible complexity of this phase that will soon disappear and evolve into something else. The artist shows the duplicity between the fragility of this age, but also the power they have with a strong developed character of her own. The way they look into the world is fascinating. It makes the images endearing but also confronting at the same time.

“Transcendence” is the latest series of Van der Ploeg and will be shown for the first time. In this series he was not explicitly looking for a “super” woman but because of his admiration for women and his intention to portray her in a strong, pure and mystical manner, every model transcends to the level of a superwoman. By portraying them in the nude he shows the woman in their natural form without any distraction of added context. The characteristic technique of the artist is visible all over, which is striking in the work of Van der Ploeg.

Van der Ploeg is a 2014 graduate student of the Photo Academy of Amsterdam. His work got much attention and has been shown in different international shows, for example: International Photo Festival Leiden, during UNSEEN Amsterdam at The Lodge and the Vogue Fashion Night Out exhibition in Milan, Italy. He is one of the New Dutch Talents of 2015 in the book New Dutch Photography Talent 2015.


Criminologie, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Advertising, Willem de Kooning Academie
Fotoacademie, Amsterdam

June 2016 – “KunstRAI” – Amsterdam
May 2016 – “STROKE Munchen” – Munchen
February 2016 – “RC Art Fair” – Rotterdam
December 2015 – “Miami SCOPE” – Miami
November 2015 – “Affordable Art Fair” – Hamburg
October 2015 – “Art the Hague” – Den Haag
September 2015 – “We are the Guys X Gustafson” – Amsterdam
Juni 2015 – “KunstRAI” – Amsterdam
April 2015 – “QLICK Editions” – Amsterdam
February 2015 – “Rotterdam Contemporary” – Rotterdam
January 2015 – Solo exhibition, multiple series, Pakhuis De Zwijger – Amsterdam
October 2014 – “Art the Hague” – Den Haag
September 2014 – “The Lodge”, WE ARE THE GUYS – Amsterdam
June 2014 – “Loaded”, Fotogram Gallery Amsterdam
May 2014 – “Loaded”, Loods 6 – Amsterdam
April 2014 – “Fotovrijdag”, Fotogram Gallery Groningen
June 2013 – “Second Ground”
April 2013 – “Het Oog” Fotogram Gallery Amsterdam
November 2012 – Fotogram Nominations Fotogram Gallery Amsterdam

New Dawn
Volkskrant Magazine
SeeMe Magazine
Life Framer Collection
New Dawn Portfolio
Art + Commerce – Photovogue Collection
Dodho Magazine
New Dawn No5
HELVED top 50 nomination
Driven by Desire
New Dutch Photography Talent 2015
Weekend Artist nr 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30
SeemeExposure Award – Nomination Category bodies
De Fotograaf No3 -2014
ALT Foto
C Magazine
Online Galerij
Live Oost
The Exposure Award – Black & White Collection
Jute Magazine