Eva Gjaltema Photography

Artist statement

Eva Gjaltema makes public what in the first places seems private. Time, memories and transcience are tangible in her works and she discusses themes like identity, family relationships and positions. She helds an interest in the influence of the 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 mainly her point of departure.


Eva Gjaltema (*1979, Zwolle) 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, the Netherlands. She was selected ‘Best of photography departments art academies Netherlands 2008’ by the Amsterdam Centre of Photography 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 the same year. 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.

Since she moved to Berlin her work 'Fernweh& Heimweh’ was shortlisted for the Athens Photofestival 2015 and featured as ‘Editors Pick’ and ‘Conceptual Project’ at Lensculture. Her projects 'Sehnzucht' and 'Sehnzucht: The Remix' were nominated for the Fine Art Photography Awards 2016/2017 was  supported by the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.