Esther Hovers
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In her practice, Esther Hovers (b. 1991, Amsterdam) investigates how power, politics and control are exercised through urban planning and the use of public space. She was trained as a photographer but creates installations in which photographs, drawings, text and film play an equal part. She is interested in finding poetic translations for power structures and technological developments.

Esther Hovers has exhibited at Aperture Foundation in New York City; Lianzhou Photo Festival in China; and Foam Photography Museum of Amsterdam, et al. Her work has been published in The New York Times; The Washington Post; M – Le Magazine du Monde and Wired, among other publications.

In 2019 Hovers was an artist-in-residence at NARS Foundation (The New York Art Residency and Studios) in Brooklyn, New York.
She is currently based in the Hague, the Netherlands.

Selected Exhibitions

Track & Trace (Forthcoming)
Photo Festival, Kortrijk (BE)
13/03/2021 - 25/04/2021

Mind Your Step (Forthcoming)
Zone2Source, Amstelpark Amsterdam (NL)
06/09/2020 -  15/11/2020

GETXOPHOTO Festival (Forthcoming)
Getxo, Basque Country (ES)
03/09/2020 - 27/09/2020

Under Observation – Art of Retreat (Forthcoming)
Villa Merkel, Esslingen (DE)
20/09/2020 - 15/11/2020

Vu.e de dos (Forthcoming)
Delta - Namur Art Center (BE)
September 2020

New Photography (Forthcoming)
New Orleans Museum of Art (USA)
17/04/2020 -  13/09/2020
Due to COVID-19 postponed until further notice.

Contrôle + Z
Centre d’Art GwinZegal (FR)
23/11/2019 - 23/02/2020

Lishui Photography Festival
Municipal Museum Lishui (CHN)
08/11/2019 - 12/11/2019

The Process Of Calculating One’s Position
NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY (USA)
15/11/2019 - 13/12/2019

Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH)
18/10/2019 - 23/02/2020

Behind the Seen
NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY (USA)
30/08/2019 - 20/09/2019

Delirious Cities
Aperture Foundation, New York, NY (USA)
25/07/2019 - 29/08/2019

CONTACT Festival
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto (CA)
01/05/2019 - 31/05/2019

Journées Photographiques de Bienne
Bienne (CH)
10/05/2019 - 02/06/2019

YAA Zachtzinnig Radicaal
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL)
26/04/2019 - 26/05/2019

Prospects & Concepts
Mondriaan Fonds, Art Rotterdam (NL)
07/02/2019 - 10/02/2019

Who’s In Control?
Fotodok, Utrecht (NL)
23/11/2018 - 24/02/2019

Lianzhou Foto
Foto Festival Lianzhou (CHN)
01/12/2018 - 03/01/2019

AE Festival
Postcity Linz (AT)
06/09 - 10/09/2018

Auckland Festival of Photography
At Fort Silo, Auckland (NZ)
31/05/2018 - 22/06/2018

Heidelberger Kunstverein
Heidelberg (DE)
05/05 - 08/07/2018

Krakow Photo Month  
Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art (PL)
25/05 - 24/06/2018

BASE Milano,
Milan Digital Week, (IT)
15/03/2018 - 18/03/2018

I Am Here to Learn
Frankfurter Kunstverein (DE)
15/02/2018 - 08/04/2018

Foam Fusion
Foam, Photography Museum
Amsterdam (NL)
09/06/2017 - 11/06/2017

EMOP - Solo Show
Centre d'art Dominique Lang
Dudelange (LU)
06/05/2017 - 09/06/2017
Download exhibition text (FR)

Diffusion International Photography Festival
Unit 15
Cardiff Bay (UK)
01/05/2017 - 31/05/2017

Watched ! Surveillance Art & Photography
C/O Berlin Foundation (DE)
17/02/2017 - 23/04/2017

Perfect Storm
NRW-Forum Düsseldorf (DE)
02/02/2017 - 12/03/2017

Glut: Images, information and excess
Holden Gallery, Manchester (UK)
16/01/2017 - 03/03/2017

New Photography II
ALAN Gallery, Istanbul (TR)
05/01/2017 - 05/02/2017

Installation by Alberto Sinigaglia & Esther Hovers
Curated by Luca Massaro
LDS Gallery, Reggio Emilia (IT)
October 2016

Novo Mesto (SI)
08/01/2016 - 08/06/2016

Le Voyage à Nantes 2016
Cale2, Nantes (FR)
01/07/2016 - 28/08/2016

RESET at Salone del Mobile
Milan (IT)
12/04/2016 - 17/04/2016

Circulation(s) 2016
Centquatre-Paris, Paris (FR)
26/03/2016 - 26/06/2016

Launch Exhibition E-Book
Tribew Publishing House, Paris (FR)
25/03/2016 - 08/04/2016

Stroom, The Hague (NL)
03/17/2016 - 05/02/2016

Startpoint Selection
Arti et Amicitiae , Amsterdam (NL)
06/02/2016 - 13/03/2016

Now or Never
GEM, The Hague (NL)
31/10/2015 - 17/01/2016

Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam (NL)
Represented by Galerie Ron Mandos @ Kunsthal Citroën,
18/09/2015 - 26/10/2015

Startpoint Prize Exhibition
National Gallery, Prague (CZ)
29/09/2015 - 01/11/2015

Steenbergen Stipendium
Dutch Photo Museum, Rotterdam (NL)
26/09/2015 - 01/11/2015

Shared Space,
Punt WG, Amsterdam (NL)
19/09/2015 - 11/10/2015

Best of Graduates
Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (NL)
08/08/2015 - 29/08/2015
Selected Press & Publications

Monography: False Positives
Published by Fw:Books

InVisible Culture, Rochester University NY
The New York Times (USA)
BE Magazine (DE)
Libération (FR)
Raw View (FI)
M, Le Magazine du Monde (FR)
The Washington Post (USA)
Pagina99 (IT)
Lens Culture
POP Kultur und Kritik (DE) (USA)
British Journal of Photography (UK)
YET Magazine (CH)
Courrier International (FR)
DazedDigital (USA)
De Correspondent (NL)
NRC Next (NL)

Awards and Grants

Nominee, FOAM Paul Huf Award (NL)

Nominee, Gabriele Basilico Prize in Architecture and Landscape Photography (IT)

Artist-in-Residence at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY (USA)

Nominee, FOAM Paul Huf Award (NL)

Nominee, Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation, First Photo Book Award (USA/FR)

Artist-in-Residence at ISCP Brooklyn, New York (USA)

Nominee, FOAM Paul Huf Award (NL)

Edward Steichen Award 2017 (LU)

Stroom, Den Haag, Artistic Grant (NL)

Mondriaan Fund, Young Talent Grant (NL)

Artist-in-Residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE)

Young Art Fund Amsterdam (NL)

Startpoint Prize for European Art Graduates, National Gallery, Prague (CZ)

Steenbergen Stipend, Dutch Photo Museum, Rotterdam (NL)

Le Prix Tribew, Circulation(s), Tribew Publishing, Paris (FR)

Best of Graduates Photo Talent 2015, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (NL)

'False Positives' - Shortlisted Unseen Dummy Award, Unseen (NL)

Photography Department Award, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (NL)

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