Esther Hovers
o NL, 1991

My work deals with the themes of control and power. Within these themes there are two different elements that fascinate me. On the one hand, my work deals with the ways in which control is exerted within public space. When does architecture constitute an expression of power? How do urban planning and architecture determine our movements? On the other hand, my work aims to discuss ‘control’ in a political sense. What is the position of the individual within a predetermined system?

Esther graduated from the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), the Hague, NL.

Selected Exhibitions

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

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

Foam Fusion
Foam (Group show)
Amsterdam (NL)
from 09/06/2017 - 11/06/2017

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

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

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

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

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

New Photography II
ALAN Gallery, Istanbul (TR)
from 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)
from 08/01/2016 - 08/06/2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now or Never
GEM, The Hague (NL)
from 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

Graduation Exhibition
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (NL)
03/07/2015 - 09/07/2015
Selected Press & Publications

False Positives
Published by Fw:Books

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

Awards and Grants

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

Edward Steichen Award 2017 (LU)

Stroom, Den Haag, ‘Pro Subsidie’ 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)