Some recent solo exhibitions
Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam 2009
Huis Marseille, Amsterdam 2008, 'Fake but Accurate'
Ludwig Forum, Aachen 2007, 'Iconic Target'
Gimpel Fils Gallery, London 2005, 'Fake but Accurate'
Some recent group exhibitions
Aperture Gallery, New York 2009, 'Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art'
Neue Pinakothek, Munich 2008, 'Nature as Artifice/Natur als Kunstgriff'
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague 2003, 'Beter één vogel... A Bird in the hand...'
Biennale di Venezia, Venice 2001, 'Post-Nature. Ten Dutch Artists'
Saskia Asser [et al.], Edwin Zwakman: fake but accurate, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel 2009
Maartje van den Heuvel, Tracy Metz, Nature as artifice: new Dutch landscape in photography and video art, Rotterdam: NAi 2009
Els Barents (ed.), KPN collectie fotografie, Amsterdam: Huis Marseille 2001
Selected public and corporate collections
Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, NL • Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL • Museum Het Domein, Sittard, NL • Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, NL • Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, NL • FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon, FR • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
Edwin Zwakman explores photographed reality. But it is a reality created down to the very last detail by the artist using an array of scale models made from cardboard, cotton wool, bin liners and paint. Polders, dikes, canals, motorways, intersections, building sites, apartment buildings and interiors populate his photographs, presenting us with an almost identical take on the real world. Often printed on an imposingly large scale, Zwakman's photos make evident the artist's fascination with notions such as 'construction' and 'transformation'. The series Apartment depicts a flat that, in almost every aspect, is typical of so many of its kind in the Netherlands: a standard white-walled rental dwelling with a through lounge, cramped galley kitchen and ikea closet.
Edwin Zwakman was resident artist at the Rijksakademie in 1996-1997.
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