Mariken Wessels

Born in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands, 1963
Raised in Breda, lives and works in Amsterdam



2004-2008 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Dogtime, fine arts (Graduated)
1996-1997 Actors studio New York - The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute
1995-1996 Writers school ‘t Colofon A’dam, Writing scenario's
1990-1991 Camera/acting course with NOB
1985-1989 Theatre School Amsterdam (Graduated)

Galleries, Memberships & Selection of Bookshops

Johan Deumens Gallery 
Kominek Gallery
Member of the ABC Artists' Books Cooperative till 2012, together with Joachim Schmidt and Elisabeth Tonnard ( info )
Artist Talks

Deichtor Hallen Im Haus der Photographie Hamburg, Germany / Kominek Gallery Berlin, Germany / Motto Distribution Berlin, Germany / Schaden.com Cologne, Germany / Dashwood Books New York, USA / Indie Photobook Library Washington, USA / International Center of Photography New York, USA / Le Bal Books Paris, France  / Photo Eye Santa Fe, USA / Libreria Martincigh, Udine , Italy / Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Athenaeum Boekhandel The Netherlands / Buro Rietveld Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Groundmagazine, Online


Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, Belgium
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Library, New York, USA
International Center of Photography Library, New York, USA
Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Library, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gerrit Rietveld Academie Library, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of The Netherlands, The Hague, The Netherlands
Art collection UMC, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Special Collections Libraries, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Bibliothèque Kandinsky Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Florence Loewy, Paris, France
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany
Kunst-Und Museumsbibliothek / Rheinisches Bildarchiv, Köln, Germany
Ampersand Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa
John M. Flaxman Library, Chicago, USA
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Indie Photobook Library, USA
Chelsea College of Art & Design Library, London, UK
Camberwell College of Arts London, UK
University Of The Arts London, UK
University Library, University of Edinburgh, UK
Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Vienna, Austria
Leitung Bibliotheek Albentina, Vienna, Austria
Private collections

Grants & Awards

2011 Second starter stipend from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB)
2009 'Fotofestival di Roma' Book Award: Silver Medal Award for 'Elisabeth - I want to eat-'
2009 Starter stipend from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture
(Fonds BKVB)
2009 Flexible working budget from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB)

Teachings & Residencies

2013 Fine Arts guest teacher at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts / Arnhem, The Netherlands
2011 Fine Arts Teacher in Dogtime Department at Gerrit Rietveld Academie / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010 Guest teaching at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy Suriname in collaboration with Gerrit Rietveld Academie
2009 Guest teaching in collaboration with Gerrit Rietveld Academie at 'Ateliers '89' Oranjestad, Aruba 

Exhibitions & Fairs

2014 / upcoming

Solo exhibition / Johan Deumens / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
START BUYING ART exhibition / We Like Art / Westerpark / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
UNSEEN Book Market with Johan Deumens Gallery / Westergasfabriek / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I am not doing anything until I feel the need exhibition / Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I am not doing anything until I feel the need exhibition / De Nederlandse Bank / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch Photobooks at TIFF Festival 2014 curated by Erik Kessels / Studio BWA / Wroclaw, Poland
4DOGtime, Live / TNT building / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Artists’ Publications / Johan Deumens Gallery / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Solo exhibition in collaboration with Rietveld Academy, organized by Castrum Peregrini / 8 cubic meters / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
BE CALM curated by Hanne Hagenaars / CBK Amsterdam / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Binding Image Second Edition curated by Aram Tanis and Lena Davidovich / M4 Gastatelier / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Art Rotterdam 2014 / We Like Art / Van Nellefabriek / Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Documentaria organized by 3/3 / Little Big Press / Bari, Italy
Offprint Paris Art Publishing Fair with Johan Deumens Gallery / Beaux-arts de Paris / Paris, France
Lishui International Photography Festival / Little Big Press / Lishui, China
Offprint Amsterdam photography fair UNSEEN with Johan Deumens Gallery / Westerpark / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
TOKYO Art Book Fair / Public Rietveld Shop / GAIEN CAMPUS / Tokyo, Japan
START BUYING ART exhibition / We Like Art / Westerpark / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
IFEST Italian Photo Festival / Savignano, Italy
We Like Art Pop-Up show / De Bijenkorf / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
flowerCASTLE curated by Gijs Stork / Castle Keukenhof / Lisse, The Netherlands
Ed Ruscha book with ABC Artists' books cooperative / Gagosian Gallery / New York, USA
The Little Big Press Exhibition / Treterzi / Rome, Italy
Codex International Book Fair with Johan Deumens Gallery / Craneway Pavilion / Carlifornia, USA
Prospects & Concepts organized by the Mondriaan Fund and curated by Wim Waelput / Lantaren/Venster / Rotterdam, The Netherlands
New Members / Arti et Amicitiae / Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Athenaeum & Van Zoetendaal exhibition curated by Petra Noordkamp / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
We Like Art Walls / VOUS ETES ICI / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
01. Binding Image Pop-Up Gallery  / muzyQ / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
GuatePhoto / Indie Photobook Library / Guatemala City, Guatemala
Evolution of PhotoBookmaking with Mercantile Library / FOTOFOCUS / Cincinnati, USA
ABC&ED project / Offprint Paris / Paris, France
ABC&ED project / The New York Art Book Fair / New York, USA
ABC&ED project / The London Art Book Fair / Mews Project Space / London, UK
Offprint Amsterdam 2012 at Unseen Photo Fair with Johan Deumens Gallery / Westergasfabriek / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Salon II  / Arti et Amicitiae / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
We Like Art show / ING Headquarters / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Presentation in display window / Athenaeum Boekhandel / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
We Like Art show / Open Garden Days / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
C/O Berlin Bookdays . 2012 with ABC Artists' Book Cooperative / Berlin, Germany
Talk at The Future of Artist Books / PrintRoom / Rotterdam, The Netherlands
SLIDELUCK POTSHOW AMS2 curated by Paul Kooiker / Pakhuis De Zwijger / Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Indie Photobook Library Exhibition curated by Loret de Mola / Society for Photographic Education / New York, USA
Indie Photobook Library Exhibition curated by Larissa Leclair / Lishui Photography Festival / China
Group show Dutch and Belgian Photo Books / Kominek Gallery / Berlin, Germany
Amsterdam Art and Design Book Fair / Pakhuis de Zwijger / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Indie Photobook Library Exhibition curated by Muriel Hasbun and Susan Sterne / Corcoran Gallery of Art / Washington DC, USA
Group show Do you wanna date? / BERM / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Indie Photobook Library Exhibition / Photographic Resource Center / Boston, USA
Little Big Press Second Edition / Fotoleggendo-ISA / Rome, Italy
Third Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize / Bank Street Arts / Sheffield, United Kingdom
Offprint Paris with ABC Artists' Book Cooperative / Paris, France
Hamburger Fototage with ABC Artists' Books Cooperative / Haus der Photographie / Hamburg, Germany
Selection Fonds BKVB / 1st Beijing International Design Fair / Beijing, China
Solo exhibition / Kominek Gallery / Berlin, Germany
Wat zijn mij wolken nog en wegen, curated by Hanne Hagenaars en Gijs Assmann / Kunstvereniging Diepenheim / Diepenheim, The Netherlands
International Photobook Festival Kassel with ABC Artists' Books Cooperative / Documenta-Halle / Kassel, Germany
The shortcut / Arti et Amicitiae / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Groundmagazine / PrintRoom / Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam Art/Book Fair 2011 with ABC Artists' Books Cooperative / De brakke Grond / Amsterdam, The Netherlands


We like 6%! / Nieuw Dakota / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
EAB Editions and Artists’ Book Fair / Former X Initiative / New York City, USA
NY Art Book Fair / MoMA PS1 / New York City, USA
London Art Book Fair / Whitechapel Gallery / London, United Kingdom
Offprint Paris / Kiron Espace / Paris, France
Fotoboekenmarathon / Huis Marseille / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fotoleggendo festival / Little Big Press / Rome, Italy
To the Limit / Johan Deumens Gallery at Spinnerei / Leipzig, Germany
Exhibition / Johan Deumens Gallery / Haarlem, The Netherlands
Book presentation / Foam_Fotografiemuseum / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Guest teaching / Nola Hatterman Art Academy / Paramaribo,  Suriname
Solo exhibition / De Zwarte Ruyter / Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Book presentation Johan Deumens gallery / Art Amsterdam / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sugary Photographs by Time to meet / FotoMuseum / Antwerpen, Belgium


Book marathon / Huis van Marseille / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Book presentations / Johan Deumens Gallery / Haarlem, The Netherlands
Guest teaching / 'Ateliers '89' / Oranjestad, Aruba
Constructures / Souterrain Amsterdam / Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Vision in motion - motion in vision / Verbeke Foundation / Kemzeke, Belgium
Graduation Rietveld Academie / Rietveld Academie / Dogtime / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Kunstvlaai in co-operation with 'Het Kattenbakcollectief' / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Graduation Selection Rietveld Academie / De Oude Kerk / Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Nominated by 'Nederland Leest' for the design of the book cover of  'Kees de jongen' by Theo Thijssen
Short film 'Sleep, little child' / National Museum of Women in the Arts / Washington D.C, USA
Wallensalon / Het Kattenbak Collectief  / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
One minute film ’lucht’ / Sandberg Instituut broadcast on Dutch television
Zwever / Chiellerie / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Cinema de Bricolage/ Horse Move Projects Space & Art et Amicitiae / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Photo exhibition / Chiellerie / Amsterdam, The Netherlands


four.ten.five.eleven.new.art.education / Kunsthuis SYB / Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands
Grid06 - Nominated for Holland Casino Award with photo
Dogtime / Deiska / Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Art fair / Stichting Cokevanjou with Kattenbak collectief / Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Het Nationale Toneel, 'De Perzen' of Aischylos
directed by: Hans Croiset
Het Nationale Toneel

'Moortje' of Bredero
Het Nationale Toneel

'Bouwmeester Solness' of H. Ibsen
directed by: Colin McColl
Het Nationale Toneel
Ibsen Festival / Norway / Oslo

'Slotkoor' of Botho Strauss
Het Nationale Toneel

'Een ideale echtgenoot' of Oscar Wilde
Het Nationale Toneel

‘Jane Eyre’ of Charlotte Brönte
directed by: Brigitte Odett
Grote zaal productie of Michel Boersma Theaterproducties

‘De Kersentuin’ of A. Tsjechow
assisted direction by: Paul Binnerts
Theaterschool-regieafdeling Amsterdam, The Netherlands

'Bezoekers' of Botho Strauss
directed by: Hans Croiset
Het Nationale Toneel

'Overlijdensbericht' of Heiner Müller
directed by: Leon van der Sanden
Frascatie produktion

'Schrijf' of theatergroep Hollandia
directed by: Johan Simons, Paul Koek

'Wienerwald' of Ö. van Horvath
directed by: Marcelle Meulemans 
Theatergroep Persona

Theatergroep Persona, Toneelgroep Hollandia, Vrije producties.


among others: 'We zijn weer thuis' W.T. Schippers, 'Van Speijk',
'Zes Minuten', 'Dertien steden, twaalf ongelukken'

2009/ upcoming