Koen Hauser
De Luister van het Land (2008) 'performéance'
“For me, craftsmanship and techniques both old and new, function as the main catalyst in my artistic process. (...)

These images on the process of creation – I call them performéances –, are the residue of performances held to invoke the spirit of creation.” 

Koen Hauser (the Netherlands, 1972) engages in an artistic practice that spans across photography, moving image, book making, installation, texts and sculpture.

He finished his masters of science in social psychology (1996, Leiden University), later followed by studying photography at the Royal Academy of Art and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (2002).

Until 2019 he worked both on autonomous art projects as well as editorial and commercial photography. Since then he focuses completely on his artistic practice.

He frequently collaborated with different cultural institutes, museums and archives such as the National Archive, kunstmuseum Den Haag and the Rijksmuseum. In this, he applied or referred to objects and stories from their collections. For instance in working with the Spaarnestad photo archive – housing over 13 million press images – and in collaboration with Bart de Baets he created his acclaimed book de Luister van het Land, which was nominated ‘Best designed book’ in the Netherlands.

As an art teacher he worked at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Willem de Kooning Academy. Since 2019 he teaches at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague.

He received several grants from the Mondriaan Fund, and was awarded the title ‘photographer of the Netherlands’ in 2014. His work is held in both national and international public and private collections, including kunstmuseum Den Haag (the Hague) and the Houston Center for Photography (USA). His work has been shown across Europe, the United States and China in various solo and group exhibitions including FOAM (Amsterdam), Unseen Photo Fair (Amsterdam), Institut Néerlandais (Paris, France) and the He Xiang Ning Art Museum (Shigzen, China).