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Featuring geography, light, weather and ephemeral phenomena Misha de Ridder creates photographs and video work of almost absurd brilliance. His quiet images evoke contemplation and intimacy and invite you to look anew to what you think you know, to rethink your relation to what surrounds, envelops you. How the perceptual and the conceptual are intrinsically connected is an important theme in the work. Reality is an act of deep imagination. Mechanical representations produced with the machine eye of the camera disclose for us another, almost magical perspective. The camera helps us to see the way we are intertwined with the world, to make palpable that we are part of this entity as a given that transcends us. Something that is both as real as it is incomprehensible.

Misha de Ridder (NL, 1971) is based in Amsterdam. His work has been exhibited amongst others at Coda Museum, Foam Photography Museum, FoMu Photo Museum Antwerp, Museum of the City of New York and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. De Ridder published several monographs: Sightseeing (2000), Wilderness (2003), Dune (2011), Abendsonne (2011), Solstice (2012) and Falaise (2016).
 
"Sometimes natural phenomena can become so estranged and mysterious, that we are inclined to describe them as unreal realities. It might be the extraordinary shape of a tree, a mountain, a shadow, a cloud or the mirroring reflection of nature in a lake, but it is foremost the unfamiliarity of the natural aesthetics of reality. Misha de Ridder’s works can be seen as attempts to capture these temporary phenomena and atmospheres of nature within the still medium of photography. By seeking for the absence of human intervention, by waiting for the climax of the temporal aesthetic and by pushing the camera to its technical limits De Ridder’s photographs become both exotic reports as autonomous artificial worlds."
- Galerie Juliètte Jongma, press release 'Abendsonne'

"As an artist, De Ridder makes images that could easily become saccharine calendar art or empty exercises in sublime kitsch. Arctic sunsets, verdant dunes and dense forests have all been De Ridder's subjects, but he has always succeeded in pushing them to a new level and forced us to look again - either through inventive design in the case of Wilderness or editorial restraint and focus, as in the case of Dune. In some ways, De Ridder's works are so forcefully anachronistic that they are contemporary. It takes a brave and talented soul to tackle the sublime landscape and succeed like De Ridder."
- Adam Bell, PhotoEye Magazine, 2011

"To search, to disclose and to write with light is what Misha de Ridder does in his landscape photos and videos. He does not seek the comfort zone of the beautiful and picturesque, but the sublime. It is a quest for entering into a confrontation with nature as a given larger than ourselves, to re-visualize a greatness that is both realistic but also inconceivable. Landscape is a paradox: how can we hold as an image what perhaps can't be photographed, the change of light for example, or the tactility of the landscape. The greatness lifts us beyond borders we are not always able to comprehend, not mentally, nor in feeling. Landscape is not only seen, but is a multi-sensory experience with knowledge and craft."
- Professor Erik A. de Jong, opening speech 'Solstice', Foam Photography Museum, 2011



CURRICULUM VITAE

Born 1971 in Alkmaar, NL
Lives and works in Amsterdam

EDUCATION
1996    HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

SOLO EXHIBITION (selection)
2017    AMC Brummelkamp galerie, Amsterdam
2012    Unseen Photo Fair @ Galerie Juliètte Jongma, Amsterdam
       'Sublime Nature in Brutalist architecture', Thomaskerk,   
        Amsterdam
2011   'Solstice', Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam
2009   'Abendsonne', Galerie Juliètte Jongma, Amsterdam
2007    Fiac @ Galerie Juliètte Jongma, Paris
2006   'Wilderness', Greenleaf Gallery, Los Angeles
2005   'Elysian Fields', Galerie Juliètte Jongma
       'Het dak van de hemel', Kunstkerk, Dordrecht, NL
2004   'Hunting', Kunsthuis 13, Velp, NL
       'Beautiful Tree in Terrible City', Raid Projects Gallery, 
        Los Angeles
2003   'Wilderness', Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam
2000   'Sightseeing', Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

GROUP EXHIBITION (selection)
2016    Het Kunstlokaal, De School, Amsterdam

       'El Bosque', Begira Photo, Durango, E
2015   'Mijn Vlakke Land.', FoMu FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen
2014   'The conquest of the impossible', Mogosoaia Cultural    
        Center, Bucharest, RO
       'Hunting', Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam
       'Reflected – works from the Foam collection', Foam
        Photography Museum Amsterdam
       'The Force of Nature', CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, NL
2013   'ikono On Air Festival', ikono tv, Berlin
       'It’s About Time', e-flux Timebank The Hague
       'Unseen', Dropstuff, Venice
2012   'Terra Cognita', Noorderlicht Photofestival, NL
       'Torinover', Museo d’Arte Orientale, Torino
2011   'Visions on Film', Triennial of Photography Hamburg
2010   'Lost & Found in Vilnius', Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
       'Stream', Space 15 Twenty, Los Angeles / Pent House
        Gallery, Baltimore
2009   'Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered', Museum of the City of 
        New York
       'Lost & Found in New York', New Museum, New York
2008   'Horror Vacui', Layr Wuestenhagen Contemporary, Vienna
        Fiac @ Galerie Juliètte Jongma, Paris
2006   'Naturaleza', PHotoEspaña, Madrid
       'Google Earth', Academiegalerie, Utrecht
2004   'On Angels’, Galerie Juliètte Jongma, Amsterdam
       'Toekenning 021', Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam
2003   'Link - Gemeentelijke Aankopen', Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
2001   'Mooie foto’s', Aschenbach & Hofland Galleries, Amsterdam

MONOGRAPHY (selection)
2016    Falaise, Roma Publications, NL ISBN 9789491843723 >
2012    Solstice, Native Publications, USA
2011    Abendsonne, Schaden.com, D, ISBN 9783932187889
        Dune, Lavalette, USA, ISBN 9780984297320
2003    Wilderness, Artimo, NL, ISBN 9075380755
2000    Sightseeing, De Balie, NL, ISBN 9066172479

FILMOGRAPHY
2008    I Love Alaska, Director of Photography, HD video 50'
        Direction Lernert & Sander, Production Submarine
        (2009 Netherlands Film Festival, 2010 Tromsø International
        Film Festival) watch online
 
PUBLICATIONS (selection)
2015    Mister Motley, Salon, 'Weather Observations' >
        Punkt, No. 16, 'bez tytułu', ISSN 12317020
        New Dawn, 'Set' portfolio >
2014    Metropolis M, 2014 No 6
2012    Capricious, Issue No. 13 Water, ISSN 15733076
        Scalpel, Vol. 3 Issue 2
        Foam Album 11, Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam,
        ISBN 9789490022006
2011    'Solstice', Foam Cahier, Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam
2010    Everyday catalogue, Ctrl+C, Studio Blanco
        Stupendous #02, New York
2009    Foam Album 09, Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam,
        ISBN 9789490022044
        Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered, catalogue, Museum of the
        City of New York
        The New York Times Magazine, 'The New Forest'
2006    Dutch Eyes, a critical history of photography in the 
        Netherlands
, ISBN 9789040083372
2005    Een nieuwe nederzetting, De Verbeelding, ISBN 9074159850
        Het dak van de hemel, Municipality of Dordrecht >
2002    Het verlangen naar de stad, De Balie/SWD,ISBN 9066172843

BIBLIOGRAPHY & MEDIA (selection)
2017    AMC Magazine, Sandra Smets, 'Schilderen met licht'
        We Like Art!,
'Het landschap als canvas' >
2015    Unseen Magazine, Sophie Wright,'Anthology, Misha de Ridder'
        Focus Magazine, Jannie de Kruijff, 'The One Minutes, Lijis'
2014    IEEB6 catalog, Javier Martín-Jiménez, 'The conquest of the
        impossible'
        Museumtijdschrift, Maria Barnas, 'De wildernis van Almere'
2013    FOTOgrafie, Diana Bokje, 'Zoektocht naar het ongrijpbare'
2012    Vrij Nederland, Maria Barnas, 'Natuur als voorstelling'
        VPRO Zomergasten Micha Wertheim, Dutch television, fragment
        'I Love Alaska'
        Volkskrant, Karolien Knols, 'De Zelfontspanner'
        Avro Kunstuur, Dutch television, 'In Sight!'
        Lay Flat, Carl Gunhouse, 'A Conversation with Misha de
        Ridder'
2011    Photo-Eye Magazine, Adam Bell, 'Abendsonne'
        Photo-Eye Magazine, George Slade, 'Dune'
        Metropolis M, Saskia van der Kroef, 'Solstice'
        VPRO De Avonden, Dutch radio, Catherine van Campen
        Het Parool, Bob Frommé, 'Landschap'
2009    The New York Times, Martha Schwendener, 'Photographic Links
        to the Golden Age of Dutch Painting’
        Conscientious, Jörg Colberg, 'Review: Dutch Seen at Museum
        of the City of New York'
        WNYC - New York Public Radio, Beth Fertig, 'Dutch Seen'
        The New York Times Magazine
, Russell Shorto,'Reaching Here'
        de Volkskrant, Diederik van Hoogstraten, 'New York door
        Nederlandse ogen'
        de Volkskrant, Lennard Dost, 'Warmbloedige Landschappen'
        Kunstbeeld, Machteld Leij, 'Abendsonne'
2006    Het Financieele Dagblad, Anne Berk, 'Het Nieuwe Verlangen'
2005    de Volkskrant, Maria Barnas, 'Weelderige realiteit'
2003    Link, Hripsime Visser, catalogue Gemeentelijke Aankopen
        Stedelijk Museum

RESIDENCIES
2006    Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt / blog
2004    Raid Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

WORK IN COLLECTIONS (selection)
        AkzoNobel Art Foundation, NL
        AMC kunstcollectie, Amsterdam, NL
        Asheville Art Museum, USA
        De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, NL
        Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NL
        Doctors Pension Fund, NL
        Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam, NL
        Fons Welters, NL
        Kunstcollectie KPMG, NL
        Fam. Sanders, NL
        The Dutch House of Representatives, NL

AWARDS
2011    Abendsonne, Best Books of 2011, Photo-Eye, USA
        Dune, long list Best Books of 2011, Photo-Eye, USA
            
GRANTS
1999 - present (miscellaneous)
        Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
        Fonds Kwadraat (Materiaalfonds)
        Mondriaan Fund (The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts,
        Design
and Architecture & Mondriaan Foundation)
        Fonds Cultuur+Financiering

REPRESENTED BY
        Galerie Juliètte Jongma, Amsterdam, NL
        www.juliettejongma.com


Currently generously supported by:
        Fonds Kwadraat & Mondriaan Fund