Paul Kooiker (1964) was born in Rotterdam but lives and works in
Amsterdam. He studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and
at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Since 1995
he has been teaching at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.
In 1996 he won the Prix de Rome and in 2009 he was awarded the A.
Roland Holst Prize for his oeuvre. Paul Kooiker's work has been
exhibited widely. Among his group shows since 1996 have been those
held at Maison Européene de la photographie, Paris; Fotohof,
Salzburg; Kumho Art Museum, Seoul; Arsenale Novissimo, Venice;
Zabludowicz Collection, London. Solo exhibitions since 1996 include
those held at Kunsthal, Rotterdam; Vleeshal, Middelburg; James
Cohan Gallery, New York; Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Foam
Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Museum
Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Paul Kooiker has published six
books:Utrecht Goitre (1999), Hunting
and Fishing (1999), Showground (2004),
Seminar (2006) Room Service (2008) and
Crush (2009). Between 2007 and 2009 he published
fourteen issues of Archivo, a bi-monthly photo journal
curated by himself and gallerist Willem van Zoetendaal. In his work
Paul Kooiker explores various aspects of the theme of looking:
voyeurism, shame and distance. His work can be seen as a
continuation of an old tradition focusing on the relationship
between the artist and the model, the observer and the observed.
Kooiker's obsessive collections of images confuse, humiliate and
unnerve. They raise questions about a photographer's reason for
looking at things and the motivation behind photographing
something. The artist plays a game with the viewer, who is
confronted with his or her own gaze.