Born in California in 1975 and raised in the Netherlands, Nienke Klunder holds dual Dutch and US citizenship. A graduate of the Breda Fine Art Academy, she participated in the residency program at Fabrica, Benetton’s Research and Communications Centre in Treviso.
Known for her striking photographic portraits and thought provoking series and sequences, she has a multi-disciplinary approach to her work in producing sculptures, drawings and installations of both her solo and collaborative projects. Working mainly in sequences and series, she often uses self-portraiture to explore themes of identity and transformation. Her series are visual essays that are in turn comic, tragic, sexual and political. Moving between the roles of photographer and subject, her work has the effect of a series of cinematic stills with each image containing a larger story. Recently she has been developing a series of sculptures based on a mix of drawings and photography cast in ceramic and resin where the fluid lines and unexpected exaggerations reflect many of the themes of her photographic work.
During her time in Italy she met Spanish designer Jaime Hayon with whom she embarked upon an artistic collaboration that continues to evolve across a range of mediums. Their most recent collaboration, a monograph, compiled by Klunder featuring her photographs and showcasing the wide range of designs from Hayon, launched in Milan in spring 2008. In addition they are working together on a future large-scale installation project.
She has exhibited in Milan, Lisbon, Barcelona, Paris, Tokyo and New York. The series ‘White Trash’ was purchased for the permanent collection of the Jumex Foundation in Mexico in 2005.
Her work has appeared in Colors, Idn, El Pais, Icon, Neo2, Marie Claire, Pol Oxygen, Adbusters, The Financial Times and Surface. Last year, Getty Images selected her as one of their ‘New Photographers 2007’.
Widely traveled, she spends much of the year in transit, drawing inspiration from locations ranging from China to Disneyland. So far she has made her home in Geneva, Berlin, Antwerp, Treviso and Barcelona. She currently divides her time between London and Valencia but hopes one day to stay in one place.