Artist Statement

I make photos of interiors, I film them, construct them, explore them in their materiality.
In interiors existing of different materials, I seek for suspenseful compositions in which these materials play the key role. I look for the human, provisional constructing in a room, shabby bar, cinema or other kind of interior. I received this interest and sensitivity for material from my youth. Toys, clothes, a little shed, where homemade by my parents, from lacquered hardboard, natural coloured wool, and finished motor oil used to paint a wooden fence.
In more ‘anonymous’ formal spaces like offices that are designed professional, classy and minimal, I try to photograph just outside the main intention of the space. I make subtle interventions to disturb the clear infrastructure of the building.
Time, value and meaning are a heavy weight on some materials, and others seem to become completely meaningless by the universal and worldwide use (like Italian marble versus plastic tape). I try to give them the same status in the picture, installation or video, to create a new, unknown environment. To question the space by it's surface and it's reproduction.

Curriculum Vitae Jan Adriaans (1972 Veghel)


1998-1999 2nd Fase Free Art St. Joost, Breda
1994-1998 Art academy St. Joost, photography


2009 'Lange Voorhout', 20 abri's in historical lane, Den Haag
2008 'Splendor inside the walls', Galery van Kranendonk, Den Haag
2007 'Lianzhou Photofestival', invited by Celina Lunsford, Lianzhou (China)
2007 'Ultrabright, close to being deaf', Hedah, Maastricht
2006 'From Humble Origin',De Fabriek, Eindhoven
2005 'Long Entry', De Balie, Amsterdam
2004 'Anxious Mofo',Players Club, Rotterdam
2003 'Domestic Distortion', Mariakapel, Hoorn


2009 'The Chain', book-launch Peeping Tom, Motto, Berlin (Germany)
2009 'Miart Art Fair', Federica Martini, Milan (Italy)
2009 Presentation museumnight, Fotografie Forum, Frankfurt (Germany)
2009 'Lush', with Babette Kleijn, Lumen galery, Budapest (Hungary)
2009 'Videonale 12', Kunstmuseum, Bonn (Germany)
2009 'Art Rotterdam', Van Kranendonk, Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam
2008 'Diasec.', Galery Van Kranendonk, Den Haag
2008 'Some things are what they seem', Nest, Den Haag
2008 'Escapism', Deiska, Amsterdam
2008 'Urban Explorers Festival', Dordrecht
2008 'La Luna Piena', Tent, Rotterdam
2008 'Presentation', ACF, Amsterdam
2008 'Mamma’s Boy', curator: Danna Tagger, Bait Banamal, Tel Aviv (Israel)
2007 'Paris Photo', Van Kranendonk, Carroussel du Louvre, Paris (France)
2007 'Art fair Istanbul', Celina Lunsford, Istanbul (Turkey)
2007 Video groupshow, Appetite, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2007 'Fw: # 6', Galerie 32-34, Amsterdam
2007 'Photo Festival Hyères', finalists Villa, Noailles, Hyères (France)
2007 'Building portrets' NAi Architect Institute, Rotterdam
2007 'Video Front Festival', Museum Gorkum
2006 'La ciudad y el barrio', Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2006 'Neither town nor country', NAi Architect intitute, Rotterdam
2006 groupshow, Deïska , Amsterdam
2006 'Les Imagiques Recontres Photographique', Van Kranendonk, Sud-Gironde (France)
2006 'International',Art-embassy, Rotterdam
2006 'To Collect 1 – video art evening', Studio A, Tel Aviv (Israel)
2006 'Soundless Scratch', Galery van kranendonk, Den Haag
2005 'Acces', Consortium, Amsterdam
2005 'Paris Photo', Van Kranendonk, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris (France)
2005 duo exhibition with Alejandra Montiel, El basilisco, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2005 'Spark Video Canada', Forest City Gallery, London Ontatio(Canada)
2004 'Paris Photo', Van Kranendonk, Caroussel du Louvre, Paris (France)
2004 '+4', Deiska, Amsterdam
2004 'Vila do Condo Film Festival', Vila do Condo (Portugal)
2004 'World Wide Video Festival', Post CS, Amsterdam
2004 'Lighted out 4, selection of Startstipendium artists, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
2004 'The world in 5 steps', Galery Van Kranendonk, The Hague
2004 groupshow, De Fabriek, Eindhoven
2003 'Paris Photo', Van Kranendonk, Caroussel du Louvre, Paris (France)
2003 'Go to check-out', Consortium, Amsterdam
2003 'I fell for your unhealthy appetite', Erasmus MC, Rotterdam
2003 groupshow, De Fabriek, Eindhoven
2002 'Paris Photo' Caroussel du Louvre, Paris (France)
2002 'EUROPAH', Stubnitz, Amsterdam
2002 'Cinema Sculpture', Provinciehuis, The Hague
2002 'Cross-section', Zenit, Torino (Italy)
2001 'Paris Photo', Caroussel du Louvre, Paris (France)
2001 group exhibition, Museum Waterland, Purmerend
2001 'A galaxy project', Watchtower, Rotterdam
2001 'De Filmwerkplaats R’dam', Las Palmas, Rotterdam
2001 'Intimate Spaces', Galery Van Kranendonk, The Hague
2001 'White Trash', Lokaal 01, Breda
2000 'Cholula', with Korneel Jeuken, De Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek, Helmond
2000 'Lost and Found', De Waag, Amsterdam
2000 'Without Ceremony', Consortium, Amsterdam
1999 'The Highest Offer', Artis, Den Bosch Synesthesy, with the
1999 Duo-exhibition, with Thomas BakkerDe Parel, Amsterdam
1999 'Synesthesy', in colaboration with HISK, Lokaal 01 Antwerp (Belgium)

Projects, residencies, teaching, artist-talks, assignments

2009 Lange Voorhout assignement City Council and Photomuseum, Den Haag
2009 Teaching HKU art-academie, Utrecht
2008 Residency, Townhouse Cairo, Egypt
2008 Artist-talk, Stroom, The Hague
2008 Artist-talk, Deïska, Amsterdam
2008 Teaching, HKU, art-academie, Utrecht
2007 Video/Photography-project ‘Buenos Aires marble’, Argentina
2007 Workshop ‘Blow in the dark’ with Babette Kleijn, Art-academie, Den Bosch
2007 Teaching, project De Klokkenberg’ Art-academie, Den Bosch
2007 Guest-teaching, Art-academie Den Bosch
2006 Project in public space, seminars and workshops, Majadanpek, Serbia
2005 Residency, El Basilisco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2005 Artist-talk, University of La Plata, Argentina
2005 Video and photography project East and mid-west Cananda
2004 Artist-talk, Deïska, Amsterdam
2003 Guestsstudio of the Virginie Jansen foundation, Limogne, France
2002 Photography-project, Tlaxcalancingo, Mexico
2002 Home-video project, Laundrette, Zwaanshals, Rotterdam
2000 Photography and video-project, Poland
2000 Travel, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Chicago and New York

Prizes / nominations

2008 Stipend for residency Townhouse Cairo, Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten
2007 Ego Art prize, Bastart galery, Bratislava (Slovakia), nomination
2007 International Photo Festival Hyères, Villa Noailles, Hyères (France), nomination
2007 Building Portraits, N.A.i. Rotterdam, nomination