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Museum De Buitenplaats

Museum De Buitenplaats

Tjibbe Hooghiemstra


In this selection from his work, Tjibbe Hooghiemstra shows the possibilities of reading space through images. The direct and impulsive photographs show an illusion of reality and seem to function more like mental images rather than pictorial images – objectivity is hard to find. Hooghiemstra uses his camera not as a reproduction technique, but as a tool for drawing. Whether he is taking photographs during a long sea voyage on a merchant ship, in the privacy of his studio or in the hubbub of Tokyo, the photographs evoke an experience of space with a melancholic undertone.


Tjibbe Hooghiemstra (Netherlands, 1957) studied at the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen and at the Academie Sint-Lucas in Ghent. Since 1991, he has been working as a visual artist, living alternately in Ireland and the Netherlands. He has taught at art schools in Cork, Dublin, Sligo, Belfast, Groningen and Enschede. His work has been exhibited worldwide, and is held in various public and private collections. Hooghiemstra has published the books Poem for Eire (1992) and Twelve x 12.00 (2003).