Artist statement

Self-portrait 2019, graphite on paper, 50x60cm

Hi, my name is Eric Kampherbeek (1979) and I’m a visual artist based in Den Haag in The Netherlands. After starting an education in modern dance in Amsterdam I made a switch to photography. I basically taught myself how to be a photographer and I started taking assignments for several magazines and organizations in early 2000.

In 2009 I started to work for a homeless newspaper in my hometown and discovered that the storytelling side of photography has my real interest. Via my work I could tell about the life of homeless people and show that their problems still existed on the streets of Den Haag. At that time I also started taking assignments to cover the Libyan revolution in 2011 and the independence of South Sudan, also in 2011.

When I turned 30, I started to show interest in my personal background, which I not really did before. I am of Indo-Dutch descent; my grandparents were born and raised in the former Dutch-Indies colony. I always took it as a simple fact of life, but never had a lot of interest in my roots. In 2011 I went to Indonesia for the first time and discovered a whole new world. Part of my family lives in Indonesia and through them I felt I became part of their world. I instantly had a strong connection with the country, the culture and the people.

Since my discovery of that new world I made stories about Indonesia. I have a great interest in Indonesian daily life and like to become part of it through my visual arts. Indonesia was a Dutch colony for centuries, which means there still is a strong connection between the two countries. I am particularly interested in the way the two countries deal with their history of colonization. My Jalan Raya Pos project is an example of how I like to investigate this history.

I work in a fairly simple way. What you see in my work is my own personal perception of the world around me. When working on a project I try to immerse myself in the new world and see how it affects me. From there I start to tell my story.

Besides the visual stories about Indonesia I work as a freelance photographer for several magazines and organizations. Examples of this applied photography you can find in the assignment section on this website.

Nice to meet you!

Exhibitions

2019 Nutshuis Den Haag, group, Indo, Indië, Indonesië

2016 Stroom Den Haag, solo, Jalan Raya Pos

2016 De Pauw Wassenaar, group, Jalan Raya Pos

2010 Steadion Den Haag, solo, Hotel Holland

2010 Melkweg galerie Amsterdam, solo, Less@home

Publications

2016 Jalan Raya Pos – Self published – ISBN/EAN 978-90-825555-0-9

2010 Steef – Published by Boeken aan zee – ISBN/EAN 978-90-815590-1-0

2009 Less@home – Published by Boeken aan zee – ISBN/EAN 978-90-815590-2-7

2009 Kessler Stichting – Published by De Nieuwe Haagse – ISBN/EAN 978-94-6010-017-8

My work has been financially supported by:

Stroom Den Haag, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten, Stichting Democratie en Media, Fonds 1818, Staedion