The Berlage

Edwin Zwakman

Edwin Zwakman is a visual artist living and working in Amsterdam. His projects employ staged photography with miniature models, augmented reality installations and architectural objects in public space. They are set to challenge our perception of the world, exploring the mentality that lies beneath the rational grids of man-made environments.

Zwakman's projects have been exhibited at venues such as the Venice Biennale, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Taipei Biennale, and various museums including the Van Abbe Museum, OCAT Museum Shen Zhen, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Maly Manezh Moscow and the National Gallery Vilnius. His work has also been showcased at art institutions and galleries around the world, including Ludwig Forum Aachen, Melly Rotterdam, Artist Space and Aperture New York, Architectural Association and Photographers Gallery London, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art Kyoto.

Recently the ongoing research project 'At Night I See the Future' shifts his explorations to a speculative view of what our world might look like in a hundred years. Collaborating with a diverse group of scientists, artists, and institutions, Zwakman aims to cultivate an intuitive and empathetic understanding of a potential future reality. As in his previous works, it is a detailed construction of seemingly mundane everyday life, that allows us to experience the reality of extreme and cataclysmic events.