Artist statement

Eva Gjaltema makes public what in the first place seems private. Time, memories and transcience are tangible in her work and she discusses themes like identity, family relationships and the influence of history on the present. Gjaltema works with different types of media, from found footage, analog and digital photography, collage, installation and the book/photoalbum, where an autobiographical urgency is her main point of departure.


Eva Gjaltema has a Degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Photographic Design at the Royal Academy for the Visual Arts in The Hague. She was selected ‘Best of photography departments art academies Netherlands 2008’ by the ACF with her installation and book ‘wrang’. In 2010 she was nominated for the Dutch Doc Award for her exhibition ‘Famylje’ which was shown at the Noorderlicht Photofestival and the Photomuseum Den Haag. She held a Stipendium (Post Middendorp Assignment) to create the work 'Knoalster' in 2011, which was exhibited at the Kunsthal Rotterdam and at Noorderlicht Gallery Groningen. Her work 'Illumination I' was selected for GUP's New Dutch Photography Talent 2012. Her work is to be found in the collection of the Fries Museum and in private collections through Seelevel Gallery (now Caroline O Breen Gallery) and Karianne Rienks Art Agency.



Eva Gjaltema Photography