Carlijn Jacobs (1991, NL) studied photography at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, where she gained early recognition for her particular take on mass culture. Although she is creating a name for herself in fashion photography, her style is timeless.
She draws inspiration from the visual language of the 1980s and 1990s and merges different art styles in surprising ways. Her work is colourful and expressive, and the dark undertones of surrealism play a significant role. Contrary to the general trend of the fashion world, she says she strives not for perfection but for peculiarity.
In 2021, Jacobs published her first monograph Mannequins with James Chester, at APE (Art Paper Editions). Simultaneously with the exhibition Sleeping Beauty at Foam, Jacobs releases a new, eponymous photobook with Note Note Éditions, as well as the publication Eyes. Her work has appeared in countless magazines, including Vogue, Vogue France, Vogue Italia, Dazed, Pop, D Repubblica, M le Monde and AnOther Magazine. She has created campaigns and images for Acne Studios, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Loewe and Mugler, among others. Carlijn Jacobs is represented by Art + Commerce and is based in Paris.
Carlijn Jacobs at Foam
In 2016, Carlijn Jacobs was part of the exhibition PS in Foam 3H. This exhibition featured work by three—at the time—upcoming artists working at the cutting edge of fashion, portrait and glamour photography.
Early on, Carlijn's work stood out for its unconventional approach. Often working with models outside of the rigid norm of reigning beauty standards, she creates alternative worlds, where women take centre stage and become one with their environment.