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Ann Pettersson

Ann Pettersson uses photography to mould a fictional reality. She deconstructs the conventional view of our surroundings and reveals a world unlike the one we generally regard as tangible. Her theme is the constantly changing cultivated nature in urban fringes. In colourful, shrouded landscapes, Pettersson reveals remote, virtually underground regions. She depicts a dreamlike landscape that reflects the ambiguity of the human psyche.

Pettersson’s interventions undermine the conventional interpretation of photography as a document of truth. In seamless collages, she builds, dismantles and manipulates the image. She restructures motifs as fragments and overviews in structures by increasing or reducing the defined landscape characteristics. The truthful nature of the photographic medium emphasizes the alienating quality of Pettersson’s work, while at the same time underscoring the ambivalence thus created.

The medial power of photography as a means of communication, depicts the here and now; the momentum seen by the individual, as if in a flash. At the same time, the multiple shots reflect the experience of a longer time span, as in a film. The image is the human framework in which the hushed presentation is showing.

The alternation of natural and cultural landscapes as subject matter, serves as a metaphor for the multifaceted and simultaneously unfathomable twists and turns of the human disposition. The transformation processes in the contemporary landscape represent both the lacunas and the impulses of the human spirit, incomplete and still forming.  Pettersson transforms a deserted roadside or ditch into a surreal panorama in which fact and fiction are combined. In many capacities, she unfolds a hypothetical landscape, thus constantly reshaping the habitat of the human psyche.

Ann Pettersson
1965 in Stockholm (Zweden) geboren, woont en werkt in Rotterdam.Art education 1996 Kunstacademie ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)FacebookLinkedIn



2013    CBK Rotterdam (O&O subsidie)

2011    CBK Rotterdam (O&O subsidie)

2007    Fonds BKVB, basisstipendium



2004    FCCA, Foundation Centre of Contemporary Art in Praag, Tsjechië



2015 Mirta Demare Gallery, Rotterdam, Slow Borders

2011 Mirta Demare Gallery, Rotterdam, Further intricacies – marked by (elaborately) complex detail

2010 Isabel Hurley Gallery, Malaga (ES), Fictional Reality


Groepstentoosnstellingen (selectie)

2013 Seelevel Gallery, Art-Warehouse Re:Rotterdam

2012 Mirta Demare Gallery, Rotterdam 10 year Anniversary Christie's Amsterdam, YIP Ypung in Prison, veiling

2012 Angeliek Ververs Gallery, Amsterdam C.A.R. Art fair Essen De Aanschouw,

2012 Rotterdam ihkv museumnacht Paviljoen Rotterdam, Mirta Demare Gallery ihkv Art Rotterdam

2011 Duotentoonstelling bij Seelevel Gallery met Cassander Eeftink Schattenkerk Hybride Landschap

2011 Mirta Demare Gallery, Art Rotterdam Galerie

2011 Rob de Vries, Haarlem, Summershow Seelevel Gallery, Summershow

2010 GRID 2010, 4e Internationale Foto Biennale Amsterdam Mirta Demare Gallery, Madridfoto art fair

2010 Galerie Rob de Vries, Haarlem, Summershow



Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie

CBK Rotterdam

Gemeente Gorichem

Piet Sanders Collectie

PKU en UBKU te Utrecht

Price Waterhouse Coopers te Rotterdam

Schippers Collectie

UMC Utrecht

Wisman Dings Collectie

Particuliere collecties o.a te Amsterdam (NL), Bretagne (FR), Göteborg (SE), Haarlem (NL), Heemstede (NL), Lidingö (SE), Praag (CZ), Pernis (NL), Rotterdam (NL), Schiedam (NL) en Stockholm (SE), Utrecht (NL).



NRC cultureel Supplement, 'Comfortabele natuur', Sandra Smets (22-09-2011) (12-4-2011)

Het Parool, 'Vreemde werelden op een vreemde schaal', Daniël Bertina (5-4-2011)

Kunstbeeld, Machteld Leij (2011 #2)

SUR, 'El engaño fotográfico', A.J. Lopez, Málaga, ES (16-06-2010)