Hester Scheurwater

Born in 1971 - Netherlands

BIOGRAPHY

Hester Scheurwater (1971) studied monumental art at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. Under the guise of self-portraits, she investigates and critiques the role of woman as a sex object. Photographs of herself posing before a mirror reflects both Scheurwater's inner thoughts and outward appearance.

"The mirrored self-images are my way of reacting on the imitated and fake media images, which are constantly calling upon our imagination, without intending to be taken too seriously, " she explains. " I try to deconstruct this call's effect with my reactions by switching the 'subject-object' relationship, without being victimised by it."

Hester Scheurwater's work is sexually explicit, and therefore well known. Her work is often blocked on the Internet and sparked media hype in the Netherlands. The explicit imagery shocked many and fueled debate on the sexualization of society. But the editor of Scheurwater’s first book of photography, SHOOTING BACK, defends her work.

Zurich-based curator, writer and contemporary photography specialist Walter Keller compares it to Robert Mapplethorpe’s sexually-charged imagery or Francesca Woodman’s erotic mise-en-scene.” Scheurwater’s visual self-explorations extend the boundaries of another main topic in art history and photography – the pose. But in her pictures, model and artist are one,” says Keller. “Yes, this is sexually explicit work, but even more, it is a curious and smart research about herself, where the artist looks at herself from both sides of the mirror.” Scheurwater also teaches video art at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague.

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EXHIBITIONS

2014
Faceless, stichting Mediamatic, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Shooting Back, Galerie Walter Keller, Photobastei Zurich Swiss



2013
Core programm, International Photo Biennale Ballarat, Australia
Art Week Vienna, Open Studio Day, Museum Quartiers Vienna
Hester Scheurwater, solo Paardenstallen, Broelmuseum Kortrijk Belgium
Faceless, Freiraum, Museums Quartiers Vienna, Austria
Eva Ontbloot, Willem 3, Vlissingen, The Netherlands
Art Rotterdam, Art at the Warehouse, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Re : Rotterdam , Art fair, Rotterdam

2012
Basic Instincts, OCT & Design Gallery, Shenzen China
Nofound photo fair, Paris, France
Art Gent, Belgium
Hotel L’Erotique, Burgenstocker Gallery, Zurich Switzerland
Shooting Back, solo. Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Basic Instincts, Kerk, Arnhem, The Netherlands

2011
Basic Instincts, Villa Elisabeth, Berlin, Germany
Nelson Atkin Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA

2010
Baby, presented by Video Data Bank, LOOP Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Europe Mania Festival, Incubate stage, Pécs, Hungary
Radical Adult, Forgotten Bar Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Hester Scheurwater.com, (solo), Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, Zwolle, The Netherlands
Incubate Festival, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Summer of Love, Wallgallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Solo, Roodkapje, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
In your face, (solo), Gallery 182a, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Museumnight, (wild beamen), Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2009
Six Pack Vienna 13 Lessons, Video Performance, Vienna, Austria
Night Desire, Sleepless Night (Museumnight), City Council Bilbao, Spain
Light Industry, venue for film and electronic art, New York, USA
Incubate Festival, Tilburg, The Netherlands
(m)Eating, Perron 58, Tilburg, The Netherlands

2008
Appelling/abseiling, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Shortly Speaking, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland
AFI FEST – Los Angeles, International Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
International Film Festival, Dresden, Germany
Athens Filmfestival, Athens, USA
Quotitian Gallery, I/O, San Francisco, USA
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam
WHOMEN, (group exhibition Kimberly Clark, Elly Strik), Gemak/Vrije Academie, The Hague, The Netherlands

2007
Mama, presented by Video Data Bank, LOOP Festival, Barcelona, Spain
One Minutes Festival, Ghent, Belgium
International Bunker Film Festival, Ventimiglia, Italy
Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2006
10th International Short Film Festival, jubilee programme, Winterthur, Switzerland
Pulsar Festival, Caracas, Venezuela
Aarhus Festival, Aarhus, Denmark
Shortly Speaking by Holland Film, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, and the Embassy of the Netherlands, Warsaw, Poland
Usine C, Montreal, Canada
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Cinema Domingo, vertoning werk en vraaggesprek n.a.v. werk Miranda July, CBK Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Leids Film Festival, Leiden, The Netherlands
Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands The Netherlands
Mensbeeld, Artstore – Kunstambassade Rotterdam, Rotterdam,

2005
Rencontres Internationales, Paris/Berlin, France/Germany
Women in the director’s chair, 24th annual International Film Festival, Chicago, USA
Video Lisbao, Lisbon, Portugal
Festival du Noveau Cinema, Montreal, Canada
Ballroom Marfa, Texas, USA
L’Alternativa, Festival of Independent Cinema, on tour, highlights programme, Barcelona, Spain
Genval, video installation, station Belgium
Pek Festival, The Hague, The Netherlands
Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Festival Disorientation, New Ways of Storytelling, Rialto, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Beeldplaats, i.s.m. DZIGA filmvertoning en gastspreker, Lux, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2004
Cannes International Film Festival, Cannes, France
International Film Festival Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Exground Filmfest, Wiesbaden, Germany
Antimatter, Underground Filmfestival, Victoria, Canada
4th Kaoshung Film Festival, Tapei, Taiwan
28th Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland, USA
International Bunker Film Festival, Ventimiglia, Italy
8th International Short Film Festival, Winterthur, Switzerland
Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece
Cucularos, Film festival, USA
Nova Cinema, Brussels, Belgium
Straal, project van Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, De Balie, Amsterdam
Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Selection Erwin Houtenbrink International Film Festival Rotterdam, Lux, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
‘Glamour Girl The Netherlands s’ on Tour, front programme Aleksandr Sokoerovs ‘Father and Son’,
Celluloid/Digitaal # 3, De Balie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Solo exhibition, Artoteek, Den Haag, The Netherlands

2003
Chicago Filmmakers Digital Festival, Museum of Modern Art Chicago, Chicago, USA
bavf~NAF#1, New Media Art Festival, Bandung, Indonesia
Kurz Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Festival Tres Court, Tres d’Esprit, Paris, France
5th International Women’s Film Festival, Seoul, Korea
‘Lisa’, ‘I Wanted You’, ‘I Must Be Beautiful Too’, broadcasted by Metropolis TVE, Spain
Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Rotterdams Fabrikaat, CBK Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Cultuurnacht Den Haag, public screening on Atrium Municipal Hall, The Hague, The Netherlands
Cineboards video projected on Pathe Cinema, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Plaza Futura, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Kort Rotterdams, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Impakt Festival, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Shorts!, Kriterion, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2002
Blanton Museum of Art, Texas, USA
Femmes d’Images, Maison de la Photographie Européenne, Institut Néerlandais, Paris, France
Stand van Zaken, Stroom HCBK, The Hague, The Netherlands
Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht The Netherlands,
Stad.Als.Film., filmfestival, Schiedam, The Netherlands
Global Attic, Film and Video Festival, Kunst en Complex, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Parking Den Haag, Stroom HCBK and Artoteek, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Identity in Motion, Pand Paulus, Schiedam
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam

2001
Dig.it, Festival of Digital Media, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Viper, International Festival for Film, Video and New Media, Basel, Switzerland
Cultural Centre for Contemporary Art Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Estavar-Llivia Festival, International Media Art Festival, Estavar, France (‘Heal Me’ broadcasted on national TV)
Do Not Disturb, 68 Elf, Koln, Germany World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Frans Zwartjes and Friends, Filmmuseum, Amsterdam/Kunstkanaal, The Netherlands
Shorts!, Kriterion, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Impakt Festival, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Lowlands Festival, Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands
New Forms Festival, Het Paard op Hol, Theater aan het Spui, The Hague, The Netherlands
De Schepping, Zeebelt Theater, The Hague, The Netherlands
Broadcasting PARK TV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2000
Spaced Out, exchange programme between Artoteek Den Haag and Cemeti Art House and Erasmushuis, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Groepstentoonstelling, Paraplufabriek, Nijmegen
See me, hear me! (groepstentoonstelling), Stroom HCBK, The Hague, The Netherlands
Solot tentoonstelling, Artoteek, The Hague, The Netherlands

1999
De Schreeuw, ‘t Leerhuis, Brugge, Belgium
Rencontres Arts électroniques, Rennes, France
Salva Mea, (groepstentoonstelling), Grote Kerk, The Hague, The Netherlands

1998
Solo tentoonstelling, Maldoror Galerie/Korzo Theater, The Hague, The Netherlands
Solo tentoonstelling, Artoteek, The Hague, The Netherlands
Toussaintkade 55, Stroom HCBK, The Hague, The Netherlands
Impakt Festival, ‘t Hoogt, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Broadcasting PARK TV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Een keuze van Frans Zwartjes, Galerie Exedra, Hilversum, The Netherlands
De nieuwe kleren van de keizer, Pand Paulus, Schiedam, The Netherlands

1997
Charisma, of de vensters van vrienden, Maldoror Galerie, The Hague, The Netherlands
GAF Prijs, Fietsenstalling, The Hague, The Netherlands
De mooiste dag voor de zeer korte film, Sandberg Instituut i.s.m. VPRO, Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1996
Solo tentoonstelling, Fietsenstalling, The Hague, The Netherlands
Initiatieven II, HCAK, The Hague, The Netherlands

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